Proposal ID: SEP-210597716
ICCS project ID: 63113000
Role: Partner
Topic: CE-SC5-04-2019
Type of action: IA
Call identifier: H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020

WATER-MINING: Next generation water-smart management systems: large scale demonstrations for a circular economy and society

Duration in months: 48
Fixed keyword 1: Water recycling and re-use
Fixed keyword 2: Wastewater treatment
Fixed keyword 3: Business model innovation
Fixed keyword 4: Technological innovation, Social innovation, Data mining
Free keywords: Circular Economy, Resource recovery, Urban wastewater, Desalination, Brine management, servicebased business models, bio-polymers, critical raw materials, phosphorus recovery, salts, energy recovery

This project aims to provide for real-world implementations of Water Framework Directive and the Circular Economy packages by showcasing and validating innovative next generation water resource solutions at pre-commercial demonstration scale. These solutions combine WATER management services with the recovery of value added renewable resources extracted/MINED from alternative water resources (“WATER-MINING”). The project will integrate selected innovative technologies that have reached proof of concept levels under previous EU projects. The value-added endproducts (water, platform chemicals, energy, nutrients, minerals) are expected to provide regional resource supplies to fuel economic developments within a growing demand for resource security. Different layouts for urban wastewater treatment and seawater desalination are proposed, to demonstrate the wider practical potential to replicate the philosophy of approach in widening circles of water and resource management schemes. Innovative service-based business models (such as chemical leasing) will be introduced to stimulate progressive forms of collaboration between public and private actors and access to private investments, as well as policy measures to make the proposed water solutions relevant and accessible for rolling out commercial projects in the future. The goal is to enable costs for the recovery of the resources to become distributed across the whole value chain in a fair way, promoting business incentives for investments from both suppliers and end-users along the value chain. The demonstration case studies are to be first implemented in five EU countries (NL, ES, CY, PT, IT) where prior successful technical and social steps have already been accomplished. The broader project consortium representation will be an enabler to transferring trans-disciplinary project know-how to the partner countries while motivating and inspiring relevant innovations throughout Europe.

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