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Aquaspice

DURATION: 01.12.2020 to 31.05.2024

BUDGET: 275,800.00€/12,847,491.81€

FUNDING: H2020 - Preserving fresh water: recycling industrial waters industry Innovation Action

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ABOUT AQUASPICE

 

AquaSPICE is 3.5 year H2020 Innovation Action project funded by the topic Preserving fresh water: recycling industrial waters industry, which aims at materializing circular water use in the European Process Industries, fostering awareness in resource-efficiency and delivering compact solutions for industrial applications.

That challenging aim necessitates:

  • multiple state-of-the-art water treatment and re-use technologies,
  • diverse closer-loop practices regarding water, energy, and substances,
  • a cyber-physical-system controller in the form of a system for real-time monitoring, assessment and optimization of water (re-)use at different interconnected levels
  • an effective methodological, regulatory and business framework. AquaSPICE not only offers these but claims their sufficiency, as also supported by the breadth of European process industries who are here to evaluate
  • AquaSPICE’s innovations emanate from the requirements of 6 Case Studies, involving 8 industrial actors (Dow, BASF, Water-Link, Solvay, ARETUSA, Agricola, JEMS and TUPRAS) in 6 EU countries (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, and Romania) and 1 associated country (Turkey).

AquaSPICE follows a systemic approach in water management where optimal efficiency can be achieved through an adaptation of appropriate technologies and practices in different levels, from a single industrial process (unit operation) to an entire factory, to other collaborating industries (industrial symbiosis) or other sectors (e.g., domestic and/or agriculture). AquaSPICE enables and facilitates the immediate uptake, replication, and up-scaling of innovations, by providing comprehensive strategic, business, and organizational plans that offer a range of well-defined and pre-packaged solutions, suitable for various cases with quite different characteristics.

OUR ROLE IN THE PROJECT

In AquaSPICE, our role is to prepare activities to initiate, run and coordinate stakeholder engagement and co-creation activities at each case study.

Additionally, we work on the demonstration and evaluation of pilot installations for each case study. The implementation of this activity will be achieved via the development of a demonstration action plan and the operationalization of an evaluation protocol for the test scenarios.

Finally, we develop a Technology Evidence Base based on the collection, integration and harmonization of the information gathered from the case studies. The collected information includes technology-specific data (systems configuration, costs, KPIs, etc.), case factsheets emphasizing lessons learned, relevant legal and regulatory contexts and economic opportunities.

Read more about AquaSPICE’s objectives and results here.

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