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

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.

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 476 786,25

Participants (9)

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CONDIAS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 429 802,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 268 625

UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 281 482,50

ADVANCE CALL PTY LTD

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 229 527,50

VIRTUAL CONSULTING ENGINEERS VCE

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 235 462,50

TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 185 625

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 270 453,13

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 403 906,25

SALOMON LDA

Mozambique

EU Contribution

€ 208 327,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 689925

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2016

  • End date

    30 November 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 989 998,13

  • EU contribution

    € 2 989 998,13

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany