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Standard method and online tool for assessing and improving the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment plants

Objective

Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) is one of the most expensive public industries in terms of energy requirements accounting for more than 1% of consumption of electricity in Europe. EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) 91/271/CEE made obligatory waste water treatment for cities and towns. Now within the EU-27, the total number of WWTPs is estimated as 22.558, for which we can estimate a total energy consumption of 15,021 GWh/year. Although most of the objectives of the WFD in relation to water protection have been achieved, most of these aging plants show unsustainable energy consumption and must be optimized to the maximum and renovated accordingly. However, in Europe there is no legislation, norms or standards to be followed, and as consequence, a gigantic opportunity for reducing the public electric expense remains unregulated.

The main objective of ENERWATER is to develop, validate and disseminate an innovative standard methodology for continuously assessing, labelling and improving the overall energy performance of WWTPs. For that purpose a collaboration framework in the waste water treatment sector including research groups, SMEs, utilities, city councils, authorities and industry will be set up. ENERWATER will devote important efforts to ensure that the method is widely adopted. Subsequent objectives are to impulse dialogue towards the creation of a specific European legislation following the example of recently approved EU directives, to achieve EU energy reductions objectives for 2020, ensuring effluent water quality, environmental protection and compliance with the WFD.
These actions should bring European Water Industry a competitive advantage in new products development and a faster access to markets by facilitating evidence of reduction therefore fostering adoption on new technologies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste water
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-EE-2014-3-MarketUptake
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 230 125

Participants (9)

WELLNESS TELECOM SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 408 750
Address
Calle Gregor J. Mendel 6 Planta 1 Edificio Da Vinc
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 104 750
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 114 962
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 133 351,87
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE KOLN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 202 250
Address
Gustav-heinemann-ufer 54
50968 Koln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENERGIA TERRITORIO RISORSE AMBIENTALI - ETRA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 178 187,50
Address
Largo Parolini 82/B
36061 Bassano Del Grappa Vi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGGERVERBAND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 207 250
Address
Sonnerstrasse 40
51643 Gummersbach
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ESPINA & DELFIN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 119 125
Address
Via Edison 9 Poligono Industrial Del Tambre
15890 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 32 335,63
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments