Medolico Project

“MEDOLICO” project is a joint Mediterranean initiative bringing together countries from the East-end (Cyprus, Israel, Jordan), the West-end (Portugal) and from the North (Italy) of the Mediterranean.

The project seeks to prevent and reduce the environmental risk presented by Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW) by collaborating on the evaluation of the performance of various promising OMW treatment technologies and developing uniform treatment procedures according to the sought purpose (water for irrigation, recycling into the olive mill manufacturing process, etc.), which will then be pilot tested. There will be a further evaluation of the potential for valorization of the collected by-products so that a solution can be provided that sustainably protect the environment heritage of the Mediterranean regions while remaining cost-efficient for the olive mills.

Project Identification

Project Ref. Number: I-B/2.1/090

Project Title: Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorisation of Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW)
Project Acronym: MEDOLICO
Project Duration:
16/11/2011 – 15/11/2014
Extension: 16/11/2014-15/08/2015
Project budget:  1.964.499,25 euro

MEDOLICO

Mediterranean cooperation in the treatment and valorization of olive mill wastewater

Program at a glance

Funding Agencies

ENPI CBCMED, European Union

Program Period

2011-2015

 

Project Acronym

MEDOLICO

 

Project Code

I-B/2.1/090

 

Project Title

Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorization of Olive Mill Wastewater

 

Project Coordinator

Prof. Despo Fatta Kassinos, NIREAS – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus

 

Associated Beneficiaries

Matimop, Israel Industry for R&D, Israel
Unioncamere Liguria, Italy
Unidade de Bioenergia, Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia, LNEG, Portugal
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
The Ben-Gurion University, Israel
University of Genoa, Italy

 

Total Budget

1,964,499.25 €

 

Budget for Nireas-IWRC

294,008.97 €

 

Project Website

www.medolico.com

 

Program Overview

MEDOLICO (ENPI CBCMED) was a joint Mediterranean initiative bringing together regions from the East-end (Cyprus, Israel, Jordan) to the West-end (Portugal) and from the North-end (Italy) of the Mediterranean basin that are highly active in olive oil production and all face environmental and economic challenges posed by the management of olive mill wastewater (OMW).

The overall goal of the MEDOLICO project was to prevent and reduce the environmental risk presented by OMW by collaborating on the evaluation of the performance of various advanced treatment technologies at both bench and pilot scale and actively valorizing, in an integrated manner, the phenolic compounds (i.e. by-products) recovered from the OMW in order to provide solutions that significantly reduce the environmental impact of olive mills and sustainably protect the natural heritage of the Mediterranean basin.

Program Objectives

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