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- - Environmental Engineering and Bioprocesses (Biogroup) - University of Santiago de Compostela (Coordinator)
- - Bioengineering & Sustainable Processes (BIOSUV) - University of Vigo
- - Environmental Chemical Engineering (EnQA) - University of Coruña
- - Water Engineering and Environment (GEAMA) - University of Coruña
- - Environmental Engineering and Bioengineering (BIOENGIN) - University of Coruña
- - Chromatography and Chemometrics (CromChem) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Laboratory of Research and Development of Analytical Solutions (LIDSA) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Applied Analytical Chemistry (QANAP) - University of Coruña
- - Cartography of soils and landscape, phisical-chemistry, degradation and recovery of grounds and waters (AMBIOSOL)- University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Social Behavior and Applied Psychometric (COSOYPA) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Ecotoxicology and Plant Ecophysiology (ECOTOX) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Environmental Modelling (MA) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Environmental Chemical Physics (QFA) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Aquaculture and Biotechnology (Acuabiotec) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Environmental biology (BA2) - University of Vigo
- - Group of Trace Elements, Spectroscopy and Speciation (GETEE) - University of Santiago de Compostela
- - Group of Research on Pathology in Aquaculture (GIPA) - University of Santiago de Compostela
The particular call on Energy Efficiency – Market Uptake was focus on removing market barriers, in particular the lack of expertise and information on energy management, and energy-intensive industries were prioritised. In this sense, Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) are one of the most expensive public industries in terms of energy requirements accounting for more than 1% of consumption of electricity in Europe.
EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) 91/271/CEE made obligatory waste water treatment for cities and towns and, although most of the WFD objectives in relation to water protection have been achieved, most of these aging plants show unsustainable energy consumption and must be optimized and renovated accordingly. However, in Europe there is no legislation, norms or standards to be followed, and as consequence, a gigantic opportunity for reducing the public electric expense remains unregulated.
ENERWATER is a three-year activity that involves 9 partners (universities and companies) from 4 European countries (Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom). Its main objective is to develop, validate and disseminate an innovative standard methodology for continuously assessing, labelling and improving the overall energy performance of WWTPs. For that purpose a collaboration framework in the waste water treatment sector including research groups, SMEs, utilities, city councils, authorities and industry will be set up. ENERWATER will devote important efforts to ensure that the method is widely adopted. Subsequent objectives are to impulse dialogue towards the creation of a specific European legislation following the example of recently approved EU directives, to achieve EU energy reductions objectives for 2020, ensuring effluent water quality, environmental protection and compliance with the WFD. These actions should bring European Water Industry a competitive advantage in new products development and a faster access to markets by facilitating evidence of energy reduction, thereby fostering adoption on new technologies.
Website: - www.enerwater.eu/
Related news: - Futurenviro June2015