Aarhus University, founded in 1928, is one of the largest universities in Denmark with more than 44,000 students. The university comprises four faculties: Arts, Aarhus BSS, Science and Technology and Health Science, and is ranked in the top 100 by several influential rankings. The university’s goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. The university therefore strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways. The Department of Bioscience is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology and is one of the largest departments of biology in Europe with more than 400 employees. The department’s research, teaching and consultancy are linked to strong and active research groups, several of which are part of the absolute world elite in their research field. The research group involved in the project has more than 30 years of experience in research and development of wetlands (natural and constructed) for the mitigation of water pollution. The research has led to the production of national guidelines for the design and construction of plant-based systems for the treatment of wastewaters. Extensive research is also carried out in the removal of nutrients and emerging organic micro-pollutants from wastewaters and sewage sludge. The group participates in several international projects on sustainable water management as well as with education and technology transfer to less developed countries. AU leads WP3 and is involved in the design, implementation and validation of nutrient and water recovery and reuse infrastructure and schemes. AU also participates in the rest of the work packages.
Our networking SME-company has developed the Zero Discharge – Willow Wastewater System back in September 1996. From 1997 the company has worked as a consultant company for these systems and enhanced the development and technology further towards new ways of utilizing natural systems for wastewater, heavy metal contaminated wastewater, systems storm water, surface water from mainly farms and food industries. During twenty years of work, the target for our R&D has been to turn nutrients in wastewater to resources instead of polluters. Our willow systems are energy producing instead of consuming. The planted filters are low energy consuming but the target is to make them producing.
So far our advices has been used for facilities for more than 5000 households in Denmark, Nordic Countries, Ireland, England, Germany, Belarus, Mozambique and China mainly in rural areas, but during the recent years it has also been used for new settlements with ecological/ organic frames in Denmark.
Among others we have done:
· Zero-Discharge Willow Systems for household wastewater for single households as well as villages up to 73 households. A new settlement planning for 90 households.
· Planted filters for household wastewater in DK up to 50 persons, in China up to 1000 m3 per day.
Founded in 1990 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has a global membership of currently about 1,000 cities, towns, counties and their associations; out of these some 200 are located in Europe. ICLEI works through performance-based, result-oriented campaigns and programmes to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability through accumulated local action. ICLEI supports its members and other local governments by building capacity, sharing knowledge, and advocating for their needs vis-à-vis global institutions. The ICLEI European Secretariat is based in Freiburg, Germany, and has a staff of ca. 50 people. Topics covered are, amongst others, integrated urban management, sustainable resources management, urban governance, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable mobility, sustainable procurement and the green economy. In water and waste water management, the ICLEI European Secretariat has been collaborating with partners in- and outside Europe for more than ten years to assist local governments in applying integrated approaches to urban water management.
Isle is an independent technology and innovation consultancy that brings together technical and commercial specialists to understand the market and facilitate relationships. Our passion for innovation, working with early stage companies, and market acceleration of new technology is clear. We bring new technologies to market through our established framework to support innovation, technology development, strategy and growth and investment. We have a strong track record of establishing networks of technology end-users that are looking to increase their uptake of new and innovative low carbon technologies through our global water and wastewater innovation forum - the Technology Approval Group (TAG). In many cases our access to different networks and clusters has given us excellent knowledge and understanding around the framework for innovation activities within the sector, as well as extensive contacts and relationships.
OIEAU is an independent non-profit-making organisation whose principal aim is to develop skills for improving water and river management. OIEAU is supported by 149 partner organisations (administrations, catchment organisations, municipalities, universities, professional associations, drinking water companies, NGOs,..), including 32 foreign organisations. OIEAU’s main spheres of activity are:
It accommodates 6000 trainees including 10% of foreign English or Spanish speaking trainees. Training courses are carried out by 25 permanent trainers and more than 120 associated experts on about 20,000 m2 of educational units. The training centre is certified ISO 9001.
BIOTREND is a research-based SME focused on the development, optimization, de-risking and scale-up of bioprocesses for industrial biotechnology. BIOTREND carries out research aiming at the production of bio-based chemicals, materials and fuels from renewable raw materials. Further, we actively participate in collaborative projects in the fields of the bioeconomy, nanobiotechnology and marine biotechnology. Our team's expertise includes biotechnology, chemical engineering, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. The core activity of BIOTREND is the development of novel bioprocesses and their transition from lab scale to bioprocesses that can be implemented in production scale, process integration and early evaluation of the technical and economical feasibility of processes before investment in higher scale trials are performed.
Renergie Système GmbH & Co. KG is a private company. The core business is the development, production and sale of plants and systems in the field of renewable energies. In addition, Renergie Systeme GmbH is a competent partner in the field of mechanical engineering, from design to production.
IBET is a private non-profit research intensive institution with the mission to integrate and strengthen biological and biochemical knowledge from its academic and industrial partners into technology and transfer it into economic wealth and job creation. IBET comprises 16 laboratories and a bio pilot plant, with access to fermentation and downstream processing skills and equipment. IBET has coordinated over 20 international projects and has participated as work-package leader in more than 40 projects supported by the EC. IBET has been involved in the production of biopolymers from wastes and wastewaters both at lab scale and pilot scale. The IBET team has significant expertise in research in bioengineering, microbiology and modelling, particularly on the use of mixed microbial based processes for biopolymer production (e.g. polyhydroxyalkanoates - PHA) and resource recovery from residues, including PHA production via photofermentation.
Autarcon is specialized on developing manufacturing, implementing and operating, decentralized solar driven water treatment technologies that can be run without the external supply of energy and chemicals. Autarcon is currently running these units successfully in India, Nepal, Egypt, Costa Rica and Tanzania. The core component of the SuMeWa|SYSTEM called technology is an inline electrolytic (AO) unit to disinfect the water for a pathogen free and safe water supply. Aautarcon is conducting on-going research to develop products, which allow a stronger market penetration by offering modularized water treatment solutions that can be installed depending on locally existing water quality challenges. This way AUTARCON can offer cost and energetically efficient solutions for polishing treated wastewater, as well as the removal of turbidity, pathogens, hardness, iron and manganese from source water.
DTI is an independent, private, non-profit research organization that develops, applies and disseminates science and technology for the benefit of the industrial sector and society. DTI has extensive experience in surface science and technology and is involved in several projects bringing R&D focused universities, RTDs and industrial partners together to utilize the developed knowledge for the benefit of SMEs. Functional Coating, one of the business units of DTI, has worked with coating and sol-gel technology addressing issues pertinent to industrial use for than 10 years. The research group will contribute their broad R&D expertise to this project, and the latest knowledge of development and application of coatings based on advanced sol-gel technology. DTI will be involved in the development and application of new adsorption technologies for N and P retrieval. N and P scavengers will be immobilized sol-gel matrixes for enhanced and optimized nutrient recovery and release.
In arid and semi-arid regions the lack of drinkable water often corresponds with a high solar insolation. This favors the use of solar energy as the driving force for water treatment systems. SolarSpring GmbH, based in Freiburg, Germany, was founded in February 2009 as a spin-off company of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). The main scope of the company is the development, construction, production and distribution of solar powered water treatment systems and particular membrane distillation and reverse osmosis systems for desalination, membrane filtration systems for purification and disinfections systems. However, the overall objectives are decentralized autonomous systems for remote areas; the supply of water to decentralized areas from water sources like seawater, salty (brackish) well-water, contaminated or dirty surface water (rivers, lakes, wells). SolarSpring currently employs 10 people.
The Environmental Technology Group (EnvTech) from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at the University of Valladolid (UVa) started its research activities in the early 80s in the treatment of industrial wastewaters and biological nutrient removal. Other research lines such as biological gas treatment, microalgae-based wastewater treatment and biomass valorization were initiated in 2000. More than 35 years of expertise in design and operation of wastewater treatment processes, 16 of them related to microalgae-based wastewater treatment, biological gas treatment and microalgae valorization, support the capacity of the group to conduct the tasks assigned in INCOVER. Nowadays, EnvTech is composed of 2 full professors, 8 associate professors, 7 post-docs, 15 PhD students and 5 technicians. In addition, the academic and scientific productivity of the group during these past 5 years accounted for 15 PhD theses presented, 148 JCR articles, 4 patents and 150 contributions to International Congresses.
AIMEN is an Innovation and Technology Centre founded in 1967 in Vigo on the initiative of a group of Galician entrepreneurs. Today, we are a national leader in research and in providing advanced technological services in the fields of joining technologies, materials and laser technologies applied to materials processing, robotics and automation and a sought-after partner in international research projects. It is present in the main sectors of the Spanish economy such as automotive, shipbuilding, metal mechanical, aeronautical and energy.
Aqualia is the third largest water management company in Europe, and is a key element of the FCC group, a worldwide provider of infrastructure and citizen services. The company offers tailored solutions to the environmental needs of public institutions and private agencies, covering the entire integral water cycle and integrating municipal, agricultural and industrial activities. The organization is present in more than 1,100 municipalities in 22 countries and serves a population of over 22.5 million people worldwide: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Algeria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Kosovo, Tunisia, Qatar and India. Last year, the company had a turnover of 1.033 million euros. Aqualia’s organizational structure is oriented to the constant search for improved efficiency in production processes and resources optimization, using the latest technology and with a clear focus on the customer.
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya is a public university with 35,000 students and a staff of 4300 members. There are 12 different campus located in Barcelona area. The UPC research group which participates in INCOVER is GEMMA (Group of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology, http://gemma.upc.edu/). This is a recognized group in the field of natural and low-cost bioprocesses for wastewater and sludge treatment. In INCOVER the main contribution of GEMMA is on algal-based wastewater treatment (by means of both high-rate algal ponds and photobioreactors), water reuse, anaerobic digestion. In INCOVER GEMMA leads Case Study 1, which will be constructed in the facilities of UPC.
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany, was established in 1991 as the first and only centre in the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres to be exclusively devoted to environmental research in a great variety of fields. The working group ‘Steering and Innovation’ at the Department ‘Environmental and Biotechnology Centre’ focuses on assessing and consulting environmental and biotechnology development. Its activities support process design, infrastructure and investment decisions using Life-Cycle Sustainability Assessment tools like Life-Cycle costing, LCA, and multi-criteria optimization.
Future Intelligence Ltd (short name FINT) is a Greek SME specializing in Information & Communication technologies (ICT). It provides highly demanded solutions and business services covering a number of activities, in the fields of Long range Communications (WiMAX, LTE), Short range Communications (WSN, M2M, IoT) and Future Internet. FINT is the leading and only manufacturer of purely IoT systems in Greece. The company’s objective is to build an IoT enabled ecosystem which can expand horizontally and vertically providing a playground for vendors, OEMs and programmers.
SIMBIENTE - Environmental Engineering and Management is a Portuguese SME focused on research, development, innovation and services related to environmental engineering and biotechnology areas. Resulting from activities of researchers from the Department of Biological Engineering, SIMBIENTE was founded in 2004 as a spin-off company of University of Minho.
SIMBIENTE shares the staff, projects and experience with Simbiente Azores (located in Ponta Delgada, Azores) and Simbiente Chile (located in Valparaíso, Chile), with a multidisciplinary team, including engineers (environmental, geological, biological), biologists, microbiologists and geographers.