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ECOLORO: Reuse of Waste Water from the Textile Industry

Objective

Constant extraction of increasingly scarce fresh water puts a vital demand on increasing water-use efficiency in all sectors. The ECWRTI project will demonstrate the EColoRO concept on full industrial scale in two locations in the European textile industry.

The EColoRO concept uses electro-coagulation (EC) combined with flotation to remove pollutants, colorants and chemicals from waste water very effectively. This unique feature enables using ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membrane processes downstream in an optimized way. The key advantages are:
- Total reuse of waste-water in textile industry reducing fresh-water intake by at least 75%
- Low-cost and economically highly attractive
- Very flexible, containerized and modular, easy scalable, low footprint, suitable for retro-fit, brownfield or greenfield application
- Low energy use, no use of chemicals or flocculants, producing concentrated waste streams with very high re-use potential
- Enabler for optimizing use of water, allowing for advanced energy and resource efficiency in the textile manufacturing processes

EC and the EColoRO concept are currently proven at TRL 6. The ECWRTI project will run for 48 months and will deliver technological proof at TRL 8, ready for commercial uptake. It will further deliver the materials, analysis and tools needed for rapid commercial roll-out.
The consortium consists of a focused and well-balanced team. The project is SME driven with EColoRO as coordinator and 6 partners from 3 EU member states with key know-how on waste water purification (VITO, EColoRO), textile technology and production (Inotex, Utexbel, Tintoria Pavese), electro-coagulation and engineering (Morselt), process technology, open innovation and project support (ISPT) and EU wide market access in the textile sector (Euratex). An advisory board with stakeholders from textile, process industry and waste water sectors will provide guidance, critical feedback and dissemination support.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/colors
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/wastewater treatment processes

Call for proposal

H2020-WATER-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING S-ISPT
Address
Groen Van Prinstererlaan 37
3818 JN Amersfoort
Netherlands
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 581 537,50

Participants (7)

ECOLORO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 731 291,37
Address
Utrechtseweg 79
1213 TM Hilversum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UTEXBEL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 526 601,25
Address
Cesar Snoecklaan 30
9600 Ronse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 579 955
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
INOTEX SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 147 700
Address
Stefanikova 1208
544 01 Dvur Kralove Nad Labem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MORSELT BORNE BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 45 641,75
Address
Gildestraat 12
7620 AC Borne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 81 750
Address
Rue Belliard 40
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
TINTORIA PAVESE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 54 490,63
Address
Via Vigentina 9
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)