The partnership is supported by 3 academic research teams from Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR) and the Institut Mines Télécom Atlantique (IMTA –GEPEA laboratory); the Institut Français pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer); two commercial hatcheries : Vendée Naissain and Novostrea.
The Membrane Processes Team (EPM) of the Laboratory of Mechanics, Modelling and Clean Processes (LM2P2- UMR 7340) will be mobilized through its manager Philippe Moulin, Full Professor, and Mathias Monnot, Associate Professor, head of the Process Intensification axis. The EPM has structured its research axes as follows: (i) Membrane Bioreactor, (ii) Membrane Characterization and Drinking Water, (iii) Transport Properties and Metrology (iv) Process Integration and Effluent Treatment (v) Process Industrialization and CFD (vi) Green Chemistry and (vii) Process Intensification. Due to a platform of about thirty pilot plants that can handle between a few liters per hour to 250 m³.d-¹ and after consolidating its research activities during the last few years, the EPM has sought to focus on inter-axis research activities and to accentuate the transfer of technology to industrial partners. From an application point of view, two new fields have been opened since 2012: the nuclear and the marine fields.
The Marine Molluscs Experimental Platform of Bouin (PMMB) is positioned on the oyster polder of Bouin (Vendée (85), France). This experimental site is therefore positioned in the middle of a major shellfish aquaculture area and represents an ideal site for carrying out projects related to the quality of seawater. Indeed, like all French shellfish aquaculture, the polder de Bouin is itself concerned by the problems described above, making it a sector representative of the French shellfish aquaculture situation. The Ifremer experimental facilities in Bouin make it possible to carry out R&D activities in connection with securing shellfish production in a changing environmental context (climate, chemical and physical biological pollution). The quality of the seawater supplied to shellfish farms (hatcheries, nurseries, storage basins, etc.) can lead to major production losses.
The GEnie Laboratory for Environmental – Agri-Food Processes (GEPEA) is a joint research unit with 4 control institutions: CNRS, IMT Atlantique, ONIRIS and the University of Nantes. The GEPEA develops processes implementing flow, transfer, separation, reaction applied to the agri-food, energy, environment and valorization of products and substances of marine origin. The unit is composed of 5 research teams including the TEAM (Water Treatment Air Metrology) team which is led by Valérie Héquet and Gérald Thouand.
The Chemistry and Process Engineering (CIP) team at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR) studies and develops sustainable processes for the treatment of pollution, as well as for production in key environmental fields, food processing and chemistry. Member of the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (UMR-6226), the team is also developing analytical methodologies for identifying and quantifying trace pollutants and characterizing interfaces to determine the performance of these processes.
France Naissain is part of the shellfish aquaculture sector and markets the selected hollow oyster spat, diploid and triploid, produced by Vendée Naissain, which benefits from a solid expertise in hollow oyster hatchery and nursery. Vendée Naissain and France Naissain were created by Stéphane Angeri in 1983.