The University of Girona trains the European talent of water sanitation sector

12 May 2016

Researchers from prestigious European research centres have taken part in a Water Campus course

Researchers of European centres took part in a course in the facilities of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Girona (UdG). During the course the students have been trained around different modelling and support decision systems that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the wastewater treatment systems.

The Water Campus of University of Girona has received approximately 30 researchers from European research centres who have taken part in the course of “MODELLING AND DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE WASTEWATER TREATMENT “. The course has received more than 70 applicants, from different countries, with a wide expertise and a high research level.

The scientific coordinator of the course was the professor of Chemical Engineering of the UdG and researcher of ICRA, Joaquim Comas, who possesses a wide experience in decision support systems to asses and compare several alternatives of planning, design and control of environmental systems, especially, the related ones to the management of the urban water cycle.

According to the person in charge of the course, with activities like this one “Girona is starting being considered as a pole of knowledge and a place of innovation for the agents of the water sector”.

The course has taken place from April 25 to April 29 in the facilities of the Catalan Institute of Investigation of the Water (ICRA) and of the Faculty of Sciences of University of Girona.

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The UdG takes part in a project to guarantee the purification and water reutilization in rural isolated zones

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.


The Water Campus, the innovation ecosystem of the water sector

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.

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