Agrochemical remediation of farm soils by combining solarization and ozonation techniques

The pilot project LIFE AgRemSO3il aims at developing and tuning at farm scale a new technology and its associated techniques for the agrochemical remediation of farm soils by combining solarization and ozonation in situ. Thus, the innovation involves technological applications (new equipment) and the methods used (advanced oxidation processes as ozonation and H2O2; or solarization).

The project will test and demonstrate the technical, economical, and ecological feasibility of the innovation, without any alternative available in the market, through a prototype in commercial farms at real running scale.

The project provides a new cost-effective solution for supporting the soil’s functionality as part of the wider ecosystem that includes the impact on food and feed products with their consequent effects on human health. Also, it supports the integration of environmental objectives in the Common Agriculture Policy, promoting the convergence of the EU’s policies related to Agriculture and the Environment. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and the economic assessment will be performed according to the project’s aim of reaching a wide implementation of the system, including a governance approach related to legal and financial instruments.

The AgRemSO3il System is a combination of solarization and ozonation techniques for farm soil remediation and disinfection.

Ozonation

Ozonation generates hydroxyl radicals with the help of light radiation to attack and destroy any organic molecules to CO2, H2O and mineral salts.

Solarization

Solarization is based on the placement of a transparent plastic on the floor during the summer months, when temperature and light radiation are more intense.