Feasibility study regarding the in-situ remediation of mercury contaminated soil

Country: Belgium
Start Date:   1/1/2001         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: Feasibility study
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Organisation Type:  Developer
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->In situ treatment technologies
Diffuse pollution-->Processes
Project objectives:
Phase 1: Engineering of process installation    
Phase 2: Construction of process installation     
Phase 3: Characterisation of contaminated test site (8 x 12 m)    
Phase 4: Remediation     
Phase 5: Characterisation of cleaned site and evaluation of feasibility of remediation technique 
Project Summary:
The feasibility of a new in-situ remediation technique was tested. The remediation technique makes use of the principles of electro remediation, combined 
with the use of iodic complexants to solubilize the mercury from the soil, and solvent extraction to isolate the recovered mercury from the waste solutions.
The complexants are introduced into the soil by means of an electric field (electroremediation). This field is also used to remove the solubilized (ionic)
mercury complexes from the soil. Soil electrodes are flushed with process solution, which is treated above the ground to isolate the mercury and to reuse the
iodic complexes.
Achieved Objectives:
The objectives of phase 1, 2 and 3 were achieved. The project was stopped during the execution of phase 4/5. It became clear that the technique could never be economical 
feasible, because of the introduction of some needed extra process steps.
Product Descriptions:

Additional Information:
Project Resources:

Electro-Remediation of Mercury Contaminated Soil, First Results of a Pilot Test
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Funding Programme(s): 
OVAM Contaminated land programme
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Submitted by: Mr Cis Verdonckt  Who does what?  17/02/2006 13:43:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  29/11/2017 14:21:00