Supported projects in water management


Water management is understood as all topics dealing with the use of water for agriculture and urban areas

GWASOCO - Ground Water Solution for Communities 

Partner: Geoservei (Spain)

The main idea of the GWASOCO project is to develop and promote an instrument to help the community of users (citizens, policy makers, industry, etc.) to reduce environmental impacts and groundwater usage at regional and national level. These improvements will be achieved through the continuous data sharing between the members of the community making a greater benefit over specific comunities’ actions. Based on this overall idea, the project will be focused on elaborating an ICT open architecture that combines open sensing, linked open data technology and a recommender system to encourage the users to provide information at same time as get personal benefits (e.g. provide energy savings in industry). In detail, this architecture will be transferred from a research centre as CTM to GeoServei, permitting this last company to improve their services catalogue in reference to geo-spatial services and environmental studies. In detail, the platform will be composed by an open-sensor layer in charge of measuring and gathering general environmental and water quality parameters (e.g. pH, nitrates, conductivity, water flows, among others). Field measurements will be tested and validated with standard laboratory techniques, using data sets in CSV, under a data integration layer. This layer will be composed by micro-services for subscribing and publishing information through data interfaces (CSV data, raw information) and store this information under a common database. Moreover, this layer will have a specific connection with environmental model already elaborated by GeoServei to provide specific recommendations and impacts monitoring to the different users (public administrations, industry, farmers, etc.). In the user interaction level, a web and mobile APP will permit to share the stored information between the members of the community according to their interest. To maintain the community active, this visualization environment will provide specific recommendation to them. Finally, to facilitate manual data sets entries, the web application will facilitate CSV/ XML data introduction and the mobile APP will provide mechanism to download from sensors raw data and upload it into the application. As a result, the proposed architecture will enlarge the paradigm of communities of citizens as a mechanism to improve environmental and urban/rural groundwater management and quality.


CykloP-Smart filters for recover phosphorus from wastewater

Partner: DiaPure AB (Sweden)

DiaPure® -a conceptual new way of treating wastewater and recycle P

Phosphorus (P) is an essential micronutrient for food production, and one of the world top 5 resources. EU are largely depending on P resources from outside of Europe, fx Morocco. Phosphorus is a limited resource and EU has a key focus on phosphorus recycling to reduce import. Over fertilization with P has caused P eutrophication of lakes and coastal zones. In other parts of Europe, the soil suffers from nutrient deficits. DiaPure® is a smart filter material, designed to recover P from wastewater from single households. Most P cleaning materials on the market are cheap, raw materials or waste materials.  DiaPure® can compete with these materials because it has been designed for recycling of P and the filter can be rinsed and reused again and again. The P can be recovered and reused as a fertilizer. DiaPure® filter material is a naturally porous, light weight material with a high permeability and high P retention capacity, with a P capturing coating on the surfaces. Hence, it is ideal for P capture in flow-through filters for treatment of sewage from single households. The concept has been proven in small scale, so the aims of the project are: i) Bring the regeneration technology from lab to pilot scale. ii) Design a novel self-cleaning-plug-in-prototype.


Large-scale optimisation of chemical precipitation in water and sewage plants on the international market

Partner: FloCell AB (Sweden)

Chemical precipitation is used nowadays all over the world for water and wastewater treatment. The market is growing as a result of urbanisation, a growing population, climate change and the need for better drinking water and improved wastewater treatment.  FloCell has developed a new system for optimisation of the precipitation process which is patented and under patent application. The method fulfils the requirements for blue growth due to a reduced use of chemicals and less quantities of sewage sludge, as well as improved purification results. After extensive trials, both pilot studies and full-scale research, a container-based method has been developed. The method can be installed in an existing or new treatment plant and has the capacity to optimise the precipitation process in a plant that serves maximum 100,000 pe. or an industrial plant of similar size. To reach an international market involving large cities and industries, the development of a larger plant with higher capacity is necessary. One of the aims of the project therefore is to commission construction drawings and draw up plans to be able to pitch such a plant. One important parameter for the construction of a full-scale plant, is that many large wastewater treatment plants use precipitation chemicals of low quality, which can cause problems. Another aim is to use aluminate and/or green liquor as a hydroxide source. The project will be started on a laboratory scale. Attempts will primarily aim at using green liquor and aluminate. Assuming the attempt at using aluminate/green liquor is successful a pilot unit will be built. The project continues with studies on the difficulties which can arise due to the use of contaminated coagulants. For the study, the existing container plant can be used, as long as other scheduled trials have been completed by then. Based on previous experiences and new a base construction drawing for a full-scale plan including the financial calculations will conclude the project.


The future water recycling product for households combining two patented technologies

Partner: Watersprint AB (Sweden)

Watersprint was created in 2013 focusing on product development that resulted in a world leading technology based on blue LED technology to disinfect bacteria, viruses and protozoa in water.

The new groundbreaking technology enables Watersprint products to be an energy efficient, chemical free, robust, safe to use and environment friendly water purification tool. The LED product development is rapid and Watersprint launched an improved version during 2017 ready for the global market.

Watersprint is active in the blue and green sector and our mission and vision is safe drinking water with minimum environmental footprint, accessible for everyone. Watersprint would like to challenge the climate action preparing for sustainable cities, focusing on circular water problems, in a joint action with another SME located in Finland, Sofi Filtration. The joint action starts with self-cleaning water filters innovated and patented by Sofi Filtration and the UV-LED based water disinfection unit innovated and patented by Watersprint. Our joint innovation is unique in the sense that it is energy efficient, mitigating waste and free from chemicals with long lifespan and low maintenance.

Sofi Filtration has developed a self-cleaning filter for industrial purposes and water recycling. Experiencing domestic water problems in California an idea to downscale the innovation appropriate for household level was developed. Watersprint is developing the second generation of UV-LED based water disinfection units with a very good disinfection capacity at higher flow rates which match the needs for a household. The two innovations would jointly solve the water problems in a household producing potable water. The outcome of our complete package with sensors, automation and power supply in a compact solution can act as a mini circular recycling unit.

The project includes development and testing of a prototype that shall initially be marketed to households, private- and public- institutions for potable water. This is the stepping stone for the next phase where we will further develop the joint innovation to include recycling of grey-water in micro and macro environments.


Prevention of biofouling in marine and coastal heat exchangers

Partner: EPFF AB (Sweden)

EPFF uses weak electromagnetism to prevent or reduce biofilm in pipes for drinking water and beverages, reducing or removing the need for harmful chemicals that are otherwise used. They have identified marine and coastal heat exchangers as a promising new market segment for their technology. Such heat exchangers are exposed internally to sea water which causes fouling from microbes (biofilm) and larger sea organisms. Such biofouling reduces the efficiency of heat exchangers, making it necessary to clean or replace them regularly. If biofouling can be reduced, large savings would be possible in terms of energy, cleaning chemicals and maintenance. 



Partners: Amigo Srl (Italy)

The project aims at laying sound foundations to develop a realistic business model and a commercial product for bringing to the market innovative climate services in the field of water management including the nexus between agriculture, food and drinkable water. The new climate services will be based on the exploitation of the Copernicus Services including the seasonal forecasts. Final scope of the project is to identify a suitable market for climate services and identify the interested users at European and Worldwide level, based on providing appropriate information to the different utilities which are related to water use.

To this extent, Amigo plans to schedule at least one or more meetings with end-users in the sectors of water management for agriculture and drinkable water. A second target will be companies active in agriculture and agrifood production. The aim, to strengthen a second application with a prototyping project in the second cut-off, will therefore be to point out user needs for a water climate service, the identification user requirements for the climate platform, drafting new models of decision chains and sketching co-designed climate services to be developed.


ANASYWA - Advanced Nano filtration system for water treatment

Partners: Stea Tech Srl and SC ELECTRONIC APRIL Srl (Romania) 

Water management in rural environments has become an important issue nowadays due to increased quality demand in human consumption and agriculture and growing local industrialization. Ordinary sources of ground and surface water are usually improper for drinking, agriculture or industrial use because of water hardness and various chemical and biological pollutants.  Another critical aspect is the difficulty to offer consistent regular and maintenance support for the deployed equipment at an economic cost.

ANASYWA project aims to find a better proposition in drinking water production for small and medium communities and for companies aiming at similar quality standards, with less power consumption, pollution, footprint, maintenance and consumables. The prototype will use nanofiltration membranes able to replace the classic combination of resin based ion exchange water softener and membrane filtration (ultrafiltration or reverse osmosis). The newest available types of nanofiltration membranes (Hollow Tube, Smart Comb, LF Nano, Ceramic Flat and Tube) will be tested in cross-flow and direct-flow configuration for water hardness reduction, chemical and biological pollutants removal. In addition the project will try to cover two other major aspects:  variable flow and quality of the water source and power consumption. By using multistage centrifugal pumps with efficient IE5 motors with variable speed drives, proportional valves instead of manual ball or needle valves and electronic sensors instead of classic measuring instruments (manometers, rotameters), the system will be able to self-adapt to the variations of the flow and quality of the water source and sensibly reduce the power consumption. The automation system will contain a scalable high performance PLC unit and all the embedded software will be in-house developed with focus in reducing human intervention and power consumption optimization. Optional dosing modules for antiscalant, pH correction and chlorination will be provisioned. The prototype will be assembled in a skid that, at a larger scale, will form the building block for higher capacity units. The co-applicant will develop the system that will perform the remote monitoring, data aggregation and alarm functions over Internet for integration on a higher supervising system.  The functionality and the efficacy of the ANASYWA unit will be tested in the field at potential customers with various quality water sources. 


Increasing the efficiency of nutrients removal in small community wastewaters

Partners: ECOTRUST Srl (Romania) and ECO-SISTEMI Srl (Italy)

The aim of the project is to join the efforts of two European SMEs, EcoSistemi (Italy) and Ecotrust (Romania), for demonstrating in a real environment the efficiency of the integration of two waste water treatment technologies: a traditional primary treatment (three chamber Imhoff tank) and an innovative secondary biological treatment (RCBR biofilm reactor). This new application layout will increase water treatment quality standards, providing high efficiency in a compact design, high reduction of plant complexity, and high reduction of ecological footprint.



Partners: KEMATRONIC and OST Group Srl (Romania)

Wastewater treatment prototype without biological treatment, with cavitation and electrochemical oxidation in high-voltage field, generated by ultrasound and electrokinetical disintegration.

An innovative intelligent wastewater treatment technology is proposed to be tested, to study its effects on wastewater treatment, namely on COD degradation.

This project intends to combine the following in one SONOELCHEMCELL small-scale prototype: 1. An electrokinetic disintegration module and 2. A sonication disintegration module.

The 2 types of disintegration to be included in the innovative module have proven their efficacy in practice for sludge disintegration. The hypothesis at this point is that this combined module will have dramatic effects on wastewater treatment, ensuring COD degradation, in the same time being a feasible option in terms of efficiency, costs, environmental and social impact. SONOELCHEMCELL idea came from the surprising results found at Targu Secuiesc municipal wastewater treatment plant, plant designed and executed by our company, Kematronic, and mounted by co-applicant OST GRUP. This wwtp includes sonication and elektrokinetical disintegration for sludge treatment and has been in operation for 1 year and 6 months with outstanding unexpected results on treated wastewater. The actual raw wastewater has a large fraction of hard BOD (recalcitrant) in COD in raw wastewater; however this hard BOD was decomposed - the COD values in the treated wastewater are less than 30 mg /l. Therefore, based on this experience, we want to realize a small-scale prototype wastewater treatment plant, to study the effects of these types of disintegration on wastewater exclusively; so far, these technologies have only been studied on sludge. A comprehensive prototype research process is planned, to use this small-scale prototype to study the effects of both disintegration types, on COD degradation in wastewater, individually and together, in different and variable operation regimes, followed by a large-scale environment demonstration.