Sustainable Water Treatment and Nutrient Reuse Options

Scientific & Technological objectives

Scientific & technological objectives (EN) SuWaNu Project

  • Identify gaps of research (selection and development of technologies, suitable technological mapping, main actors) for promoting environmental industries' competitiveness; focusing on technologies (irrigation, fertigation, monitoring and control) for markets with high growth potential. This agenda will include development perspectives, strategic goals and concrete development activities to be pursued by the regions in the future in order to improve the competitiveness of environmental industries in Europe (task 1.1);
  • Reinforce and better design the regional policies, analyzing current related policy issues supporting wastewater reuse as a resource, maintaining in the same time the dynamics and the potentiality of this sector (task 1.2);
  • Identify barriers and success factors of regional research-driven clusters through a SWOT analysis resulted from the evaluation of their state of play (task 1.3);
  • Development of a cross-regional joint research agenda, linking other research platforms to most suited sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies (task 1.4 and 2.1);
  • Establishment of permanent links between the involved regional clusters by the development of a Joint Action Plan (JAP), identifying the partners involved, the activities proposed and the funding schemes integrating both regional and European funds (Structural Funds, Framework Programme and Competitiveness and Innovation Programme) (task 2.2);
  • The JAP will support further development of different concrete business plans on wastewater treatment technologies and reuse options in agriculture for each cluster (task 2.3);
  • Supporting strategic collaboration of innovative environmental industry clusters in Europe, by developing new cluster initiatives in other EU regions (task 3.1), developing a internationalization strategy (task 3.2), assisted with an information kit to every new potential member (task 3.3)
  • Exchange of best practices and complementary staff exchanges between actors in different regional research driven clusters. Particular effort will be developed in order to obtain solutions to address competitiveness through innovation in rural areas (task 3.4);
  • Development of training workshops aimed to involve and train SMEs, research and public stakeholders from other regions beyond the project partners (task 4.1);
  • Providing guidance and solutions for regional policy makers and public authorities as well as improving related policies in existing clusters from other European region. This objective will be achieved through the development of guidance reports for authorities and less developed regions (task 4.2);
  • Support for SMEs in research and technology transfer. The project aims to strengthen the expertise and use of SMEs, the largest group in environmental clusters, in R&D benefits. To improve international connections with similar companies and research institutes, the project promotes several dissemination methodologies to boost awareness, specialist skills and knowledge among SMEs; RTDs and regional authorities (WP 5);
  • Setting up a pan-European platform to connect the environmental industries with experts and research institutions, promote synergies between regional, national, EU & research policies and to reach sufficient critical mass to acquire and develop international visibility. Thus the project consortium aims to collaborate with further local and regional partners that have a similar ambition in order to link environmental and scientific clusters all over Europe in this sector (all WPs).