29 April 2016
The UdG it will receive a pilot plant to validate the Technology
A research team from University of Girona (UdG) take part in INNOQUA, a European project that wants to make possible the purification (and, in some cases, the reutilization) of waste water in rural zones and/or of difficult access. Nowadays approximately 20 million persons in the European Union do not have access to systems of clean-up of the waste water.
The research group “Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering” (LEQUIA) and the group “Environmental Physics” will participate in a consortium of 20 partners from nine different countries that has received funds from the Horizon2020 program of European Union. The initiative also implies technological centres, companies, agencies of water and NGOs.
The project will start this May and will be carried out during four years. It Counts with a budget of 7 million Euros and the implication of European countries (France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany and Holland) and South American countries (Ecuador and Peru).
A tool that adapts to different scenarios
INNOQUA will develop a system of purification eco-efficient and sustainable based on two treatments with biological organisms. In some cases the system will be supplemented itself with treatments of radiation with solar or ultraviolet light to obtain a water of higher quality that could be re-used. In addition, by means of an advanced system of monitoring and control with mobile device it will be possible to do a real time follow-up of the whole process. At last, the result will be an eco-innovative modular tool adaptable to different situations.
The UdG, pilot plant
The project also considers the market implementation. After optimizing and validate the tool in the pilot plants of University of Girona and the National University of Ireland in Galway, the system will be implemented in eleven demonstration sites placed in nine countries, one of them in Girona region.
Important contribution of Girona and Catalonia
The research groups of University of Girona that participate in the INNOQUA projecte are coordinated by the PhD. Victoria Salvadó. They will have a relevant role in the validation phase. In addition, they provide the technology of biological filtration with daphnia sp. and will lead the demonstration scenarios placed in Girona.
25 April 2016
On May 5 took place the public presentation of the Water Campus to the water sector stakeholders. The event was held in the Scientific and Technological Park of the University of Girona.
The current economic and social situation is marked by intense factors of change and for deep challenges, which define a high level of complexity and competitiveness for companies. Facing this environment, and since it has happened in other big periods of historical transformation, the society capability to innovate is the source of productivity, differentiation and value for progress and well-being.
The nexus between science and market is the key factor of innovation, understood as the practical application of the technological development and the knowledge in order to solve the social needs. It is the gear that turns technology and knowledge into useful and productive value.
Aware of the strategic value of innovation and of the needed link between science and market, the University of Girona proposes to encourage the collaboration between companies and entities of the same activity sector. As a result, the Water Campus is chosen instrument to facilitate this forum of meeting in the water sector.