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Innovative Eco-Technologies for Resource Recovery from Wastewater

Objective

Taking into account the current global water scarcity and the expensive operation and maintenance cost of wastewater treatment, INCOVER concept has been designed to move wastewater treatment from being primarily a sanitation technology towards a bio-product recovery industry and a recycled water supplier. A wastewater specific Decision Support System methodology will be tailored to the INCOVER technologies and provide data and selection criteria for a holistic wastewater management approach
Three added-value plants treating wastewater from three case-studies (municipalities, farms and food and beverage industries) will be implemented, assessed and optimised concurrently. INCOVER plants will be implemented at demonstration scale in order to achieve Technology Readiness Level(TRL) of 7-8 to ensure straightforward up scaling to 100,000 population equivalents (PE). INCOVER added-value plants will generate benefits from wastewater offering three recovery solutions: 1) Chemical recovery (bio-plastic and organic acids) via algae/bacteria and yeast biotechnology; 2) Near-zero-energy plant providing upgraded bio-methane via pre-treatment and anaerobic co-digestion systems; 3) Bio-production and reclaimed water via adsorption, biotechnology based on wetlands systems and hydrothermal carbonisation. To improve added-value production efficiency, INCOVER solutions will include monitoring and control via optical sensing and soft-sensors
INCOVER solutions will reduce at least a 50% overall operation and maintenance cost of wastewater treatment through the use of wastewater as a source for energy demand and added-value production to follow UE circular economy strategy. In addition, strategies to facilitate the market uptake of INCOVER innovations will be carried out in order to close the gap between demonstration and end-users
An estimated turnover of 188 million€ for INCOVER lead-users is expected after the initial exploitation strategy of 5 years implementing 27 INCOVER solutions

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/organic acids
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/water engineering/irrigation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/grains and oilseeds/oilseed
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/wastewater treatment processes
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics

Call for proposal

H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 596 562,50

Participants (17)

FCC AQUALIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 632 537,50
Address
Calle Federico Salmon 13
28016 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 423 062,50
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 811 250
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 812 875
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
FUTURE INTELLIGENCE EREVNA TILEPIKINONIAKON KE PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 220 456,25
Address
Patriarxou Grigoriou Neapolews
15341 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GREGERSEN PEDER
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 342 654,38
Address
Forsomho Skolevej 5
6870 Olgod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIMBIENTE - ENGENHARIA E GESTAO AMBIENTAL LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 167 693,75
Address
Rua Santos Pousada 441 Sala 107 Tecnologia Edificio Spinpark
4000 486 Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 687,50
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOLARSPRING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 261 723,88
Address
Christaweg 40
79108 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 381 562,50
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
AUTARCON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 425
Address
Franz Ulrich Strasse 18 F
34117 Kassel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 494 687,50
Address
Avenida Da Republica Quinta Do Marques
2781-901 Oeiras
Activity type
Research Organisations
RENERGIE SYSTEME GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 457 275
Address
Hoher Markstein 26
97631 Bad Konigshofen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOTREND-INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 302 435
Address
Biocant Park Nucleo 4 Lote 2
3060-197 Cantanhede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DE L'EAU
France
EU contribution
€ 289 937,50
Address
Rue De Madrid 21
75008 Paris
Activity type
Other
ISLE UTILITIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 234 456,25
Address
61 Downs Wood
KT18 5UJ Epsom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 205 750
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other