MELiSSA is an unique system, which already leads to many technology transfers and terrestrial applications.
The project has demonstrated potential applications in many sectors such as buildings industry, hotels, collectivities, etc... Its major advantage is its integrated approach which allow to reach high degree of circularity. The considered building blocks are commonly : waste treatment, nitrification, water treatment, air regeneration and food production.
Additionally, the needs of MELiSSA Pilot Plant are also pushing technology to the edge and new developments have already been achieved by the stimuli generated from MELiSSA. For example, the development of electrical impedance applications to the measurement of biomass or the development of new carriers for biofilm generation in continuous nitrification reactors.
The MELiSSA loop developed in the MPP is a ground demonstrator of a closed life support system, allowing for comprehensive studies, generating knowledge, know-how about terrestrial circular systems. The data and results are directly transferable to state-of-the-art terrestrial use cases, e.g. development of self-sustainable habitats, reduction of environmental impacts of human activities, etc…
A source of inspiration for our societal challenges!