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

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.

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