Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, with nearly 80 billion euros of funding available between 2014 to 2020. It promises breakthroughs, discoveries and world firsts, by taking great ideas from lab to market.

By coupling research and innovation, with an emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, Horizon 2020 is a programme with which we share a similar vision and outlook.

Many of its projects relate to water and wastewater treatment, including technologies around the removal of micropollutants, monitoring of water toxicity and low-energy desalination. This is why BlueTech Research is thrilled to be alongside the EU Innovation Projects Pavilion in the heart of Future Water Square at Aquatech Amsterdam 2019. The special poster pavilion will showcase 16 projects that have received EU funding to develop further.

Our analysts have researched those projects and can highlight the following as being of particular interest to our clients and the rest of the BlueTech Research community.

SCOREwater focuses on enhancing the resilience of cities against climate change and urbanisation by enabling a water-smart society that fulfils UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, 11, 12 and 13 and secures future ecosystem services. It introduces digital services to improve management of wastewater, stormwater and flooding events.

ViviMag will develop and up-scale a magnetic separation process to recover the insoluble iron phosphate mineral vivianite from the sewage treatment plants that rely on chemical phosphate removal. This project is commercially significant and is a development worth watching.

Kaumera Nereda Gum is a new bio-based resource which is extracted from aerobic granular sludge originated during wastewater treatment.  The introduction of Kaumera offers a huge step forward for resource recovery and the circular water economy.

MIDES – microbial desalination for low-energy drinking water – is bringing a new approach to desalination, with applications of water treatment with low energy consumption. Desalination is a key option to increase water resources, however, current technologies require significant energy. In late November 2019, the project will begin its first pilot plant operation, to validate the scale-up of the technology and confirm the promising results obtained it in a real environment.

Pharem Filtration System is a wastewater filtration solution with filters that combine protein immobilisation and enzymatic degradation. It is installed to remove harmful organic compounds, such as pharmaceutical residues or other organic compounds. The modular and scalable system is easily installed in any wastewater treatment facility and can be adopted to both municipal treatment and industry processes. The technology focuses on high efficiency, low cost and adaptability.

ToxMate makes it possible to identify precisely, continuously – and in less than two minutes – the toxic and ecotoxic state of effluent from treatment plants, capture fields or industrial discharge. This continuous monitoring makes it possible to follow the evolution of the medium in real-time and from uninterrupted direct contact with the flow. It also means any episodes of contamination are detected immediately. ToxMate is particularly relevant in the conditions where it is necessary to detect the presence of micropollutants as well as the quantification of the micropollutant treatment efficiency for tertiary treatment.

The EU Innovation Projects Pavilion and BlueTech Research’s Innovation Pavilion will be located on the Future Water Square, Hall 13, at Aquatech Amsterdam 2019, from 5-8 November.