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SILIFE - PRODUCTION OF QUARTZ POWDERS WITH REDUCED CRYSTALLINE SILICA TOXICITY

LIFE14 ENV/ES/000238


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Contact details:

Contact person: ELISEO MONFORT
Tel: 34964342424
Fax: 34964342425
Email: emonfort@itc.uji.es



Project description:

Background

Prolonged inhalation of crystalline silica particles can cause lung inflammation and the lung disease known as silicosis. Total European usage of crystalline silica (i.e. quartz and crystobalite) is measured in thousands of millions of tonnes per annum. It is used in many manufacturing industries such as the cement, ceramics, steel, glass, mineral wool, aggregates, mortar and concrete sectors. Hence, a vast number of European workers, around four million (European Trade Union Confederation, 2007), are potentially exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in the workplace. Although it is not possible to substitute crystalline silica in many of the sectors where it is used, it is possible to nullify its toxicity by treating it with certain substances.


Objectives

The main objective of the SILIFE project is to produce commercial quartz powders that have very little or zero RCS toxicity. This new coating technology would be replicable in any industry that uses separate dry quartz powders as raw materials.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Design a pilot plant for the treatment of commercial quartz powders that has the capacity to treat 500 000 kg of quartz per year (considering 8 000 working hours/year); and
  • Demonstrate that the treated powders exhibit much less toxicity than the untreated quartz. (The treated quartzes will be demonstrated in the manufacturing processes of five quartz end-users belonging to other sectors than ceramics.)

Expected results:

  • 75% reduction RCS toxicity of quartz treated in the pilot plant in comparison with untreated quartz;
  • Identification of at least two treatments for the above reduction in quartz toxicity, whose associated treatment costs amount to less than €0.025/kg; and
  • Production of around 10 000 kg of treated quartzes for the end-users to test in their manufacturing processes.


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  • Environmental issues addressed:

    Themes

    Risk management - Human health protection


    Keywords

    indoor air pollution‚  industrial pollution


    Target EU Legislation

    • Air
    • Directive 2008/50/EC - Ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (21.05.2008)

    Natura 2000 sites

    Not applicable


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    Beneficiaries:

    Coordinator UNIVERSITAT JAUME I
    Type of organisation University
    Description Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, a public higher education and research centre, was established in 1991. It consists of four centres currently offering 31 official qualifications, supplemented by 44 Masters degrees adapted to the new European degrees programmes. It also offers 32 doctoral programmes.
    Partners MAPEI(MAPEI S.P.A.), Italy CCB(Consorzio Universitario per la gestione del Centro di Ricerca e Sperimentazione per l'Industria Ceramica - Centro Ceramico), Italy ITACA(Innovaciones Técnicas Aplicadas a Cerámicas Avanzadas, S.A.U.), Spain ABCR(ABCR LABORATORIOS, S.L.), Spain FUMBARRI(FUNDICIONES FUMBARRI-DURANGO, S.A), Spain PESI(PLATAFORMA TECNOLOGICA ESPAÑOLA DE SEGURIDAD INDUSTRIAL), Spain ESMALGLASS(ESMALGLASS, S.A.U.), Spain ITEM(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.), Germany BCL(BULK CARGO LOGISTICS SA), Spain ELASTOMERS(ELASTOMERS UNION S.r.l.), Italy

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    Project reference LIFE14 ENV/ES/000238
    Duration 07-SEP-2015 to 27-SEP -2019
    Total budget 1,666,059.00 €
    EU contribution 995,581.00 €
    Project location Niedersachsen(Deutschland) Galicia(España) País Vasco(España) Madrid(España) Comunidad Valenciana(España) Lombardia(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia)

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