New approuved LIFE+ projects: COSMOS-RICE
Written by Elza Bontempi   

The European Commission has approved funding for 202 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund. The projects are from 25 Member States and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, climate change and information and communication on environmental issues. Overall, they represent a total investment of some €516.5 million, of which the EU will provide €268.4 million.

You can download the list of 2011 approuved projects.

The COSMOS-RICE project (Colloidal Silica Medium, to Obtain Safe inert, from RICE husk ash LIFE11 ENV/IT/000256), based on the result of COSMOS technology, has been approuved by European Commission.

The project will develop a method for treating fly ash. It will derive silica gel from rice husk ash, and it will use the gel to make fly ash from municipal solid waste inert, via a chemical process. In this way it will 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 used to treat fly ash. It will also evaluate the performance of the new materials obtained by the treatment, and the markets for the end products.


Project reference LIFE11 ENV/IT/000256
Duration 01-JUN-2012 to 31-MAY -2015
Total budget 1,337,504.00 €
EU contribution 659,224.00 €
Project location Lombardia