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Self-Sustaining Cleaning Technology for Safe Water Supply and Management in Rural African Areas

Objective

This project focuses on a major challenge in African countries: In the 15 sub-Saharan African countries 108 million people have limited or even no access to clean water. The SafeWaterAfrica project will research and develop an autonomous and decentralized water treatment system for rural and peri-urban areas which is highly efficient in the degradation of harmful pollutants and at the same time very effective in killing microbiological contaminants. The system will be designed to provide 300 people in rural areas. With a market penetration of 3000 systems the project has the potential to supply 900,000 people within app. four years after the end of the project. The project includes capacity building and business development so that system ownership and responsibility are in the hands of the local rural communities.
The joint European-African development will result in a low-cost solution easy to handle and operate. It will take into account the specific cultural aspects of the region and will be designed for operation with local staff and in the responsibility of local communities or local water service providers, respectively. These “Made in Africa” systems will therefore have a high level of acceptance in the rural areas which promotes the implementation of the technology.
Ten transdisciplinary partners from Europe and Africa, assisted by eight enterprises and organisations in the Advisory Board, will work jointly over a project duration of 42 months to adapt a specific European water treatment technology into an African water treatment system solution. Besides, SafeWaterAfrica will generate the technological basis for innovative business models related to the development of water treatment products, which are produced, installed, operated and maintained in Africa. The resulting creation of new jobs will contribute to the social well-being and will promote economic growth in the rural and peri-urban areas of the southern African countries.

Call for proposal

H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 476 786,25

Participants (9)

CONDIAS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 429 802,50
Address
Fraunhofer Strase 1B
25524 Itzehoe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 268 625
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 281 482,50
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ADVANCE CALL PTY LTD
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 229 527,50
Address
57 George Storrar Drive,groenkloof,0181
0075 Pretoria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VIRTUAL CONSULTING ENGINEERS VCE
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 235 462,50
Address
Suite 1 Groenkloof Forum 57 George Storrar Drive
0181 Pretoria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 185 625
Address
5Th Floor Building 21 Staatsartille Road
0082 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 270 453,13
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 403 906,25
Address
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
SALOMON LDA
Mozambique
EU contribution
€ 208 327,50
Address
Av Da Malhangalene 620 R/c
1354 Maputo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)