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Continuous hazardous water Pollutants sensing in the environment


CoPs combines the expertise of the 3 industry partners – ground-breaking electrochemical sensors developed by IPM, miniaturised electronics customised by PAL and CAU’s geo-monitoring hardware and software – and is expected to bring economic, social and environmental impacts, including towards achieving UN SDGs and EU policy.
Pesticide and nitrate pollution in fresh waters pose a significant risk to public health and the environment. Exposure to pesticides can lead to several cancer types or Parkinson’s disease, while nitrate can result in “Blue Baby Syndrome” and cause eutrophication. According to latest estimates, getting sick from drinking tap water in Europe had a societal cost of €220 million. Meanwhile, inefficient water monitoring based on sampling and lab analyses does not provide early alerts. Water suppliers need to meet EU monitoring requirements and react instantly with contamination treatment protocols, protect water supplies and avoid economic losses through shutdowns.
Our innovative solution rapidly detects specific water pollutants and transmit real-time data on contaminant levels and movements in natural water systems before they could reach water infrastructures and consumers. It saves both time and costs (by at least 40%), it vastly improves data quality and quantity, and it provides a data analysis and hazardous pollutants alert service to monitoring agencies.
Our goal is to mature, scale-up and demonstrate the production of the CoPs sensor platform for continuous in-situ water monitoring, targeting water suppliers as initial clients, and with the potential to create new markets within the agriculture and private well owner segments.
A successful CoPs project will allow us to create measurable impacts on our companies, quantified as accumulated revenue of €217m in five years (2021-2025), equal to accumulated operating profit of €86.05m, creating 101 full time employments in our value chain, and generating €21.83m in reduced costs for our end-users

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/neurology/parkinson
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action


Parkveien 6A
3400 Lier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 976 665

Participants (2)

EU contribution
€ 926 488
Snedkergangen 4 D, St.
2690 Kalrslunde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 847
Randhoeve 221
3995GA Houten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)