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COSMOS-RICE - Colloidal Silica Medium to obtain Safe Inert, from RICE husk ash

Role: Partner

Responsible for UniBS: Prof.ssa Elza Bontempi - DIMI

Start date 01/01/2013 - end date 31/12/2015

Total cost: € 1.337.504,00  
EU contribution: € 1.335.004,00

Total cost for UniBS: € 673.090,00
EU contribution for UniBS: € 326.290,00

Call for proposal:  LIFE+ 2011


The COSMOS-RICE project originates from a new method to inert fly ash from Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators, with a low temperature process that has been developed by the University of Brescia in a previous LIFE funded project called COSMOS (LIFE/08 ENV/IT/000434). It involved deriving silica gel from rice husk ash and using the gel within a chemical process to make fly ash from municipal solid waste inert. The COSMOS-RICE project aimed to:

  • Demonstrate that using rice husk ash as a precursor for silica leads to lower environmental impacts and economic costs, and that the silica gel can be environmental impacts and economic costs, and that the silica gel can be used to treat fly ash;
  • Evaluate the performance of the new materials obtained by the treatment and also the markets for end products;
  • Reduce the consumption of natural resources, in favour of recycled materials;
  • Generate new knowledge, by combining the know-how and competence of different researchers and staff from industry.
  • CSMT Gesione s.c.a.r.l., Italy
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
  • Contento Trade, Italy
  • Regione Lombardia, Italy