A common vision for water innovation - Roisin Ingles, WssTP

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A common vision for water innovation - Roisin Ingles, WssTP

  1. 1. A common vision for water innovation Ruth Ingles 6th October 2010
  2. 2. • Short Presentation of WssTP • Industry Pilot Programme • Our updated SRA • Setting up and launch of ACQUEAU • What’s next?
  3. 3. Short presentation of WssTP A common vision for European water innovation
  4. 4. Mission and role of WssTP as ETP • Promote research and technology in the water sector • Shape the future priorities for research and innovation • Deliver a common vision for water innovation • Promote water in the political agenda • Address grand societal challenges of today and tomorrow
  5. 5. Key facts on WssTP • Growing organisation: From 17 to 61 members from 2008 to 2010, 210 contributing organization, a network of more than 750 people • 3 colleges: A: Industry, B: Research and academics, C: Water Utilities • Strategic recommendations and working groups: 3 key documents (SRA, Vision document, Implementation document), 11 reports sent to DG Research since 2008 • Events in Europe: 4 stakeholder events with more than 320 participants since 2007, 21 official presentations in 2009, many workshops organised by pilots programs
  6. 6. Map of Members
  7. 7. Members per country
  8. 8. WssTP organisation Implementation Cases Consortium PP 1 PP 2 PP 3 PP 4 PP 5 PP 6 Coastal Zones Urban Areas Agriculture Industry Degraded Zones Hydro Climatic TF Climate Change TF MAR TF Monitoring & Sensor TF Water & Energy TF Membrane Technologies ETPs Pilot Coordination Committee Financial Engineering Group National Platform Liaison Board Office MSMG General Assembly
  9. 9. Adress research and innovation based on the water cycle Extreme events Industry Agriculture Degraded zones Urban Areas Coastal Zones
  10. 10. Concrete example: The Industry pilot
  11. 11. Industry Pilot Industry
  12. 12. Key figures • The industrial sector is of great economic importance, where water related costs can reach up to 25% of the total production cost • In the EU, 44 % of total water abstracted is used for energy production (primarily serving as cooling water) • Today, challenges for the use of water in industry • Energy consumption and Cooling/Heating • Closing the water cycle • Waste water treatment
  13. 13. General Research issues • Water management (demand, resources and waste treatment, preserving high quality, policies) • Water use (quantity, lowest price, own sources and own treatment, water fit for use water recycle, reduction of water use) = Aquafit4use • Waste water (reducing waste, removing/recovering of components and heat such as salts, metals, impurities and microbiology) • The integration of the three levels. Cooperation with other ETPs: SusChem (Sustainable Chemistry), ETP- SMR (Sustainable mineral resources) and ESTEP (Steel).
  14. 14. Success story: AQUAFIT4USE • The AquaFit4use project aims at a more sustainable use of water in the main water consuming industries. Through development and implementation of new, reliable and cost-effective technologies, tools and methods, a far-going closure of the water cycle in these industries is foreseen. Consequently, the intake of fresh water and the disposal of wastewater will be reduced significantly as will the burden imposed by this on the environment. • Based on recommendations provided in our first SRA in 2006 = Call in 2007 = submission by WssTP members • Funded and started in June 2008 = 14,8 m€ EU funds: 9,7m €
  15. 15. Today: Working group- 4 themes 1. Water and energy in industry 2. Brines 3. Complex Waste water treatment 4. Reuse
  16. 16. Water and Energy in industry • Heat recovery • Energy production from waste and water • Energy savings by water recovery, treatment at process conditions • Energy efficient process water treatment systems • Cooling towers integration with water treatment systems for industry • Water issues on large scale energy • Energy efficient water based processes • Report to be ready by end of 2010
  17. 17. Brines and Complex wastewater treatment • Brines: workshop in July 2010, report by end of 2010 • Complex wastewater treatment: workshop last week, in progress
  18. 18. Updated SRA
  19. 19. First SRA • Published in October 2006, 68 pages • Missing topics (Climate Change, MDGs, etc.) • Goals of review: • Request from the European Commission • Update / structure the content • Improve design for better communication (more attractive document)
  20. 20. Similarities and differences from 1st SRA The fundamentals were kept from 1st SRA • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) • Water Framework Directive • Structure by Pilot Programmes (scope matches the focus of the PPs) • The ‘Vision’ was kept from the vision document (Oct. 2005) Novelties • Introduction of issues ‘Climate Change’ and ‘MDG’ • Inclusion of key ‘Facts & Figures’ (Europe and Global) • 6x ‘Focus on cross-cutting issues’ • Managed Aquifer Recharge • Sensors and Monitoring • Water Reuse • Water and Energy • Ecohydrology • Adaptation to Climate Change
  21. 21. Outcomes • Condensed and attractive document • 38 pages + 10 pages of Annexes • Executive summary of 4 pages • Content representative of the overall European water sector • The SRA 2010 will serve for the next years as reference document for the activities of WssTP and communication • Implementation in projects and demonstration cases • New update: in few years as required …
  22. 22. Main conclusion Need to promote vision for research and innovation • Key words • MORE COORDINATION, INNOVATION AND INTEGRATION • Importance of innovation to develop new market opportunities and technologies in the field of water management • Support coordination activities between all the stakeholders from the water community • Promote cross cutting research topics to address grand challenges as they need integrated approaches and solutions
  23. 23. Link with other initiatives and funding • Work together with: • JPI on water, ERANET initiatives, CIS-SPI • Other ETPs • Funding • FP7 • LIFE+ • COST, CIP, INTEREG
  24. 24. Setting up of ACQUEAU Why ? • Answer to fund innovation
  25. 25. Situation in Europe • More investments are needed • Today "Green investments" represent: • EU: 25 $ billion • US: 118 $ billion (~ 5x EU !!!) • China: 218 $ billion (~ 9x EU !!!)* • Need for stronger push in eco-innovation
  26. 26. Water, be ready for innovation • Many possibilities for innovation and green growth in the water sector • Huge market: 250 to 350 Billion € turnover /year (drinking and waste water) • Considerable assets: > 3.5 Million Km water distribution pipes > 2.5 Million Km waste water sewers • Large social impact: > 600,000 direct jobs in Europe Acting as secretary of ACQUEAU, EUREKA Cluster for water
  27. 27. Facts: challenges for water efficiency • Leakages vary between 5% to 50% in urban areas • Infrastructures and asset management: • 3.5 Mkm of drinking water networks • 2.2 Mkm of wastewater networks • 70,000 waste water treatment plants • 33 Bn€ invested in 2008 in water infrastructures • Market • 250-350 Bn€/year for world market • 50 Bn€/year turnover in Europe • European water companies are world leaders
  28. 28. ACQUEAU The EUREKA Cluster for Water An initiative for growth and innovation
  29. 29. What is a EUREKA Cluster? • EUREKA Clusters are industry driven initiatives • They found market driven projects: prototype / ready to the market products or services • ACQUEAU is a new EUREKA Cluster for water since April 2010
  30. 30. Technology road mapping • 9 Water components • 5 Major Programmes • Establishment of priorities through 5 key drivers • Public Health • Environment • Cost Reduction • Regulatory compliance • Technologies Breakthrough
  31. 31. National Commitment • Belgium • Croatia • Czech Republic • Denmark • Finland • France • Germany • Israel • Monaco • Slovaquia • Norway • Slovenia • Poland • Spain • Portugal • Sweden • Switzerland • Turkey • The Netherlands • The European Union • United Kingdom
  32. 32. ACQUEAU - Organisation Scientific and ACQUEAU Members Meet 1 / year Technical National Committee Representatives Board Meet 3 / year (HLR-NPC) Executive Committee Meet 1 / month Pool National of experts ACQUEAU Office Projects 1 Director / 0,5 to 3 project officers Officers Blue Book Projects Calls Proposal Analysis Annual Event update Follow-up
  33. 33. PROJECT OUTLINES • 24 proposals - 10 on Call 1 (Membranes Technologies) - 14 on Call 2 (Real Time System Management) • Total Value: ~70 M€ • Projects Value: from 1M€ to 8.9 M€ • Mean Value and Duration: ~3 M€ - 3.2 years • 19 countries involved • Large representation of SMEs → 17 projects will go forward to Full Proposal stage, 16 countries ~52 ~52 M€
  34. 34. Future steps
  35. 35. Link with other initiatives • JPI: seek for complementaries – Very positive about this initiative to boost the coordination of Member States within Europe • European Commission: DG Climate Action, DG Energy… • Participate to the Innovation Policy led by DG Research
  36. 36. For our members • Networking tools • Focus on recruitment and marketing • Continue to provide recommendations towards FP8 • Boost innovation and applied research through ACQUEAU
  37. 37. Be ready for innovation, yes we can (innovate!) Thank you for your attention!

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