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Project title: Next generation water - smart management systems: large scale demonstrations for a circular economy and society

Starting date: 01/06/2020

Duration: 48

Total Budget: 19,097,946.85 EUR

EU Coordination Budget: 16,876,959.59 EUR

Grant Agreement No: 869474

Coordination: Prof. Patricia Osseweijer


This project aims to provide for a real-world implementations of Water Framework Directive (and other water related legislation), as well as the Circular Economy and EU Green Deal packages by showcasing and validating innovative next generation water resource solutions at pre-commercial demostration scale. These solutions combine WATER management services solutions with the recovery of value added renewable resources extraxted/MINED from alternative water resources (“WATER MINING”).

The project will integrate selected innovative technologies that have reached proof of concept levels under previous EU projects. The value-added end products (water, platform chemicals, energy, nutrients, minerals) are expected to provide regional resources supplies to fuel economic developments within a growing demand for resources security. Different layouts for urban wastewater treatment and seawater desalination are proposed, to demonstrate the wider practical potential to replicate the philosophy of approach in widening circles of water and resources management schemes. Innovative service-based business models (such as chemical leasing) will be introducted to stimulate progressive forms of collaboration between public and private actors and access to private investements, as well as policy measures to make the proposed water solutions relevant and accessible for rolling out accross the whole value chain in a fair way, promoting business incentives for investment from both suppliers and end-users along the value chain.

The deomostration case studies are to be first implemented in five EU countries (NL, ES, CY, PT, IT) where prior successful technical and social steps have already been accomplished. The broader project consortium representation will be an enabler to transferring trans-disciplinary project know-how to the partner countries while motivating and inspiring relevant innovations throughout Europe.

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