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INSPIREWATER is an EU funded project which will enable process industry companies to implement sustainable water treatment solutions as part of a corporate sustainability strategy. This will be achieved via the development, demonstration and exploitation of innovative, eco-efficient technologies which will support sustainable water resources management.
INSPIREWATER technologies will increase water and resource efficiency by 20-30% in the process industry. The project will focus initially on the steel and chemical industries, with the long-term goal of applying the technologies across further process industry sectors for maximum impact.
The INSPIREWATER project comprises partners representing the steel and chemical industries, technology and innovation SME’s, research organisations and dissemination and exploitation experts. The collaboration of these partners forms an exceptional team to deliver quality innovation and striking impact in the process industry. The emphasis on deployment and impact within the project reflects the target set by SPIRE SRA, the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on ‘Water’ and the EU Commission’s Roadmap on Resource efficiency. Additionally the project will implement European directives and policies in Water Management.
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INSPIREWATER aims to increase water and raw material efficiency in the process industry. We will use new and established resource-efficient technologies, to reduce water consumption, energy, use of chemicals and to reduce waste. This will be underpinned by a holistic water management framework which will complement existing management structures in process industry companies. The project will enable Europe as a leader in green production and the industrial water treatment market, and will create new highly skilled jobs in Europe.
A snapshot of the INSPIREWATER process and targets for resource efficiency:
There are two levels of integration into industry which will enable new holistic solutions for companies. In the first level INSPIREWATER will demonstrate how a generic water management framework for process industries may be incorporated into existing company management structures to provide a holistic solution. A holistic approach to water management includes life-cycle thinking, resource efficiency and using Key Performance Indicators which have proved effective by other current EU projects in this area. The approach also includes the facilitation of technology implementation. The framework is based on the CEN Workshop Agreement CWA SUSTAINWATER, and will be further developed in this project.
The second level addresses the innovative technology solutions themselves. New technical solutions are required to meet different treatment challenges so that a new level of resource efficiency can be achieved. INSPIREWATER will demonstrate and exploit new solutions for some of the most important treatment challenges that today prevent water saving and water reuse in the steel and chemical industries including:
The holistic framework and individual technologies having been proven and integrated, it is crucial to the success of the project that INSPIREWATER’s work is widely disseminated and exploited by industry to guarantee maximum uptake and impact.
WP 1: Holisitc water and resource management system: develops a holistic water treatment framework for more resource efficient water management with pre-requisites to be integrated into existing management systems and to facilitate innovative technology uptake. Key performance indicators and LCA are part of that work.
WP 2: System configuration and technology adaption: includes the necessary technology adaptation to prepare for different applications. The technologies included in the INSPIREWATER project are in a development stage (TRL 4-5 for the targeted applications) that allows demonstration with only limited development work. This preparation work will be done in WP 2. Furthermore if the Demonstration (WP 3-5) results in the need for additional development to improve and adapt the technologies, this is carried out in WP 2 as well.
In WP 3-5: Demonstration and performance evaluation: the developed solutions are demonstrated and validated at 3 sites: ArcelorMittal (Spain), CLARIANT (Spain), SANDVIK (Sweden), representing different technological challenges in the steel and chemical industry. This will allow the achievement of higher TRL levels for the investigated technologies and system solutions. Both the management framework and technology solutions will be demonstrated and tested.
WP 6: Exploitation and market uptake: The work package will provide a robust mechanism to ensure efficient exploitation of project results for the demonstrated technologies including the support for verification and implementation as well as business models.
WP 7: Dissemination and communication: will be coordinated based on the dissemination and communication strategy for identified target groups including different information channels like a website, seminars, workshops, conferences, and brochures.
WP 8: Project Management: The project management will ensure the smooth operation and execution of the project including coordination of activities and contacts with the Commission.
ArcelorMittal is the world's number one steel company, present in more than 60 countries over the world. It has led the consolidation of the world steel industry and today ranks as the only truly global steelmaker. ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging. The Group leads in R&D and technology, holds sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and operates extensive distribution networks.
ArcelorMittal in Spain is the largest Spanish steel producer, with an annual production of about 10 Mt, operating 18 plants. In Asturias, ArcelorMittal has an integrated steel plant with different processes including iron sintering, cokemaking, iron and steelmaking, hot and cold rolling mills and coating lines.
Global R&D Asturias Centre is an active member at different research networks, taking an intense and active part in research programmes, conducted from regional to international levels.
BFI is, with a staff of 104 people one of Europe’s leading private-sector institutes for applied research and development in the field of steel technology and connected branches. BFI is a non-profit, limited liability company in which Steel Institute VDEh is the sole shareholder. The main object of the Institute’s work is the optimization of steel production processes and its infrastructure. One of the key research aspects is the optimization of water and energy consumption.
BLUE-tec is located in Wageningen, in the Netherlands. The company develops promising technologies that improve water and nutrient recovery with focus on membrane contactor processes. 5 employees and one student intern from Wageningen University are now working at BLUE-tec. The team provides guidance, support and practical application, on bench and pilot scale in sustainable process water technology. Main technological focus is development and application of forward osmosis.
Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2015 the company employed a total workforce of 17 213. In the financial year 2015, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 5.807 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation through R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability.
In Tarragona (Spain), Clariant operates a production plant for the business unit “Industrial and Consumer Specialties” (ICS). The Industrial & Consumer Specialties Business Unit (BU ICS) of Clariant is one of the largest providers of specialty chemicals and application solutions for consumer care markets such as personal care, home care and crop solutions and industrial application markets including industrial lubricants, paint & coatings, construction and deicing for aviation.
The Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V. is an interdisciplinary scientific society with more than 5,800 personal and institutional members (including about 500 SMEs), whose activities cover wide areas relevant to the process industries.
DECHEMA is dedicated to the support of R&D progress, implementation and innovation realization in various fields of chemical engineering, environmental protection (esp. industrial water management) and biotechnology. DECHEMA’s work is supported by close to 100 working groups covering experts from academia, industry and the public sector. DECHEMA is board member of the European Technology Platform Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem), hosts the secretariat for the national SusChemD platform and is member of the EWP. DECHEMA is co-organiser of the International Exhibition-Congress on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology (ACHEMA – 4.000 exhibitors, 180.000 visitors) and of around 50 conferences with over 10.000 participants per year, and offers more than 20 training courses on different topics. DECHEMA manages national and European research clusters.
Tarragona Site (DCI) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress by providing sustainable solutions to its customers. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.
Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS) provides membranes and ion exchange resins that are used throughout the world for the full spectrum water treatment applications, for drinking water and for process water critical to many industrial processes. They are also used in the purification of foods, pharmaceuticals and other products. The firm continues to redefine the parameters of how water can be utilized to fuel business opportunities, conserve energy resources, and improve quality of life.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) is one of the leading Swiss universities of applied sciences and has a current enrolment of about 10 500 undergraduate and graduate students. The FHNW School of Life Sciences (HLS) is located in the centre of the internationally leading life sciences region, the trinational Basel area (CH-F-D) featuring a strong representation of chemical and pharmaceutical industry and world leading research institutes. Focusing on environmental technologies, the Institute for Ecopreneurship (IEC) is one of the 4 institutes of the HLS. Some 120 scientists at HLS work currently on above 150 R&D projects. The R&D activities encompasses a wide range of projects ranging from development of new products and devices, optimisation of processes in terms of material recovery and energy saving to life cycle and risk assessment.
IMCG´s (Innovation l Management Consulting Group) mission is to support the global climate challenge, by significantly improving the usage of “green” and smart services and products.
IMCG are sprung out of Stanford Research Institute and has 25 years of experience within this field, both as researches and experts. The IMCG located in UK and Sweden, operates at board and senior executive level, to assist companies with value creation, strategy, decision support and risk management, and new business development.
IVL is Sweden’s leading organisation for environmental research and one of the most qualified institutes in Europe. IVL has a leading position within the international scientific community, e.g., within EU´s research programs. IVL is a limited non-profit company. The competence in environmental technology is focused on holistic process optimization and has internationally acknowledged expertise in Life Cycle Analysis.
MOL Katalysatortechnik GmbH
The novel and highly advanced technologies for water treatment developed by MOL (MOL Katalysatortechnik GmbH) reduces the scaling potential and deposits on downstream surfaces. As a result, the system performance is rising. For over 15 years – MOL®Technology has proved to be highly reliable, efficient & cost effective for power plants, refineries, RO-systems, public swimming pools and many other applications.
Sandvik Materials Technology is a world-leading manufacturer of high value-added products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys for the most demanding industries, such as energy, aerospace and chemical. Sandvik Materials Technology is one of five business areas within the Sandvik Group. New materials are developed in close cooperation with customers, and the focus is on making the customers' processes safer and more efficient while reducing the environmental impact. The cutting-edge expertise is based on an integrated production platform and world-leading metallurgy and R&D. Sandvik Materials Technology consists of three product areas: Primary Products, Tube and Strip, Wire and Heating Technology. Sandvik Materials Technology has about 6 500 employees, are present in 25 countries and have an annual sales of 15 000 MSEK (2014). The largest production unit within Sandvik is located in Sandviken with 3600 employees and an industrial history of more than 150 years.
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Development: Work Packages 1 & 2
Demonstration: Work Packages 3-5
Exploitation: Work Packages 6 & 7
Management: Work Package 8
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Uwe Fortkamp (M.Sc.)
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Louise Staffas (PhD)