Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Coordinator) – Spain
University of Santiago de Compostela (www.usc.es) is one of the historical Universities in Spain, founded in 1495. The university has more than 2,000 lecturers (about 38% female) and more than 300 research groups.
USC has participated actively in more than 100 projects under various European Union RTD Framework Programmes and Initiatives, being the resources obtained by R&D accounting for more than 20% of its total budget. USC has being recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education in the top ten as one of the International Campus of Excellence.
The Group of Environmental Engineering and Bioprocesses (www.usc.es/biogrup) belongs to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the USC (GI-1613). Its Mission is to generate scientific and technological knowledge useful for a sustainable development of society and to train entrepreneurial researchers, promoting synergies in a human and stimulating environment.
Its scientific background in the last 9 years (2006-2014) can be summarized in 334 publications in international and national journals (284 SCI), 32 Doctoral Theses, 12 European projects and international networks (see at the end of the section a selection of the most representative ones), 40 national projects and around 50 contracts with companies, 4 patents and 266 communications to international conferences.
Since 2006, the group is recognized as a “Group of Excellence”.
Wellness Smart Cities– Spain
Wellness Smart Cities designs and builds technology to add intelligence to infrastructures, creating more efficient, more livable and more intelligent cities. WSC has a broad experience in manufacturing smart solutions, products & services making use of ICT´s such as: wireless sensors networks, secure telecommunications, software development, SaaS provision and web/mobile technologies application.
WSC´s product “WeSave” is being used in the project to monitor and gather energy consumption data from 50 WWTPs. Other WSC´s products are: WeLight: street lighting control, eGarbage: Smart waste collection system for route optimization, Widesens: Water quality control and leak detection.
The Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR) is a non profit-making, private, independent and multisectoral organisation, recognised at National, European and International level. Through the development of technical standards and certifications, helps improve the quality and competitiveness of companies, products and services. AENOR has 21 offices in Spain and permanent presence in 13 countries mainly in Latin America and Europe.
As standardisation body, AENOR is the legally responsible organization for the development and dissemination of technical standards in Spain. It is the national representative and member of the European (CEN/CENELEC), International (ISO/IEC) and Panamerican (COPOLCO) Standards Organizations, and member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
More than 30000 standards in catalogue, 200 national technical committees and 150 responsibilities (chairpersons, secretariats, convenors) in international standardisation committees are a sample of the experience developed as national standardisation body.
Cranfield University is post-graduate only university and world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. Cranfield emphasis on the aerospace, automotive, health, environment, management, manufacturing, security and defence sectors, having changed the way society thinks, works and learns. Cranfield generates and transforms knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society.
In the field of Water Science and Engineering, Cranfield Water Sciences Institute (CWSI) is recognized internationally for its research, education, training and consultancy and attract outstanding students, academics, sponsors and partners worldwide.
CWSI works in all aspects of water – whether it is helping to ensure safe, clean supplies for domestic consumption, assessing agricultural needs for food production, protecting and enhancing natural habitats or improving process engineering for manufacturing and industry.
One of the strongest activity areas in CWSI encompasses research, teaching and consulting on wastewater and drinking water treatment technologies.
Università degli Studi di Verona (UNIVR)
The Università degli Studi di Verona (UNIVR) is a young and dynamic public institution, established in Verona in 1982. It has more than 22000 students and around 50 courses. According to the prestigious business Italian journal “Il Sole 24 Ore”, in 2015 the University of Verona was ranked 1st in Italy for the quality of the research and teaching. The University of Verona has participated in more than 70 FP7 and H2020 projects. The Department of Biotechnology has a successful record of fulfilling and managing EU research contracts. Some 50 people make up the permanent research staff of the department, more than 50 PhD students and 20 technicians, and a large postgraduate population of research fellows, assistants and contract researchers representing 80% of researchers employed in the Department. The Group of Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering is a leader in the sectors of wastewater treatment and management and biowaste and sludge management. The group has a consolidated experience in EU projects and a stable network with water and waste public and private companies and water authorities. The Group holds relevant coordination roles such as: chair of specialist groups of the International Water Association (IWA), in 2014 the Group chaired the IWA specialized conference ecoSTP2014 where more than 300 contributions from 41 Countries were submitted (www.ecostp.org), management committee of Water_2020 network (www.water2020.eu); executive committee of international fairs on environmental technologies (www.ecomondo.com).
Cologne University of Applied Science
Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) is Germany’s largest University of Applied Sciences with about 21.000 students and 420 professors. 11 faculties offer over 70 courses of study in engineering and social sciences as well as in the humanities, ranging from architecture via mechanical engineering and social work to business law and languages.
Etra is a multi-utility company, a totally public asset, subject to the management and co-ordination of the Municipal Council partners, which belong to the Provinces of Padua, Vicenza and Treviso.
It serves a public of more than 600,000 citizens and mainly deals with integrated water supply, waste management and renewable energy services.
Integrated water supply service
Etra’s main activity is supplying water and dealing with the sewage system and purification of the municipal Council areas located in the River Brenta basin, over a distribution network of more than 5,000 km of water mains and 3,000 km of sewage network, with more than 1,000 plant installations that include purifiers, wells and lifting platforms, which work, day and night, to provide water and purify waste water.
A service that is supplied with an eye to continuous improvement and efficiency, performing daily extension, maintenance and inspection operations, to avoid any interruption in supply and to offer ever purer water. The quality of the water is monitored constantly. Etra conducts more than 20,000 inspections, besides the analysis performed by the competent health care and inspection authorities.
Protection of the environment means a better quality of life and investment in future generations.
For Etra, this implies a method of treating waste that respects the environmental equilibrium and from a point of view where waste is perceived as being a resource instead of a problem. Etra effectively manages the differentiated waste collection by using innovative solutions such as the prompt calculation of the tariff imposed, the press container system or underground waste separation units.
More than 250,000 tonnes of waste are collected every year and brought to the various selection and treatment plants, which are distributed throughout the territory, where the company operates. Organic waste is entirely treated in the Etra plant installations. Thanks to the public’s daily commitment, Etra has been placed at the highest possible levels in terms of the percentage of differentiated waste.
Biogas generated from organic, photovoltaic and hydroelectric plants, and power stations from waste: Etra has chosen these solutions to concretely prove that it is possible to produce green energy with a reduced environmental impact, compared to the traditional systems used. Etra possesses the expertise and the human and technological resources to offer Municipal Councils new projects that are aimed at the production of clean energy, meeting every demand in this way.
Aggerverband has been providing the region’s elixir of life for more than 80 years: water. This includes the provision of high-quality drinking water as well as the cleaning of wastewater from around 500,000 people within the association’s territory and the industrial and commercial businesses based there.
Water, we know how it works!
Around 400 people work at Aggerverband. The association is continuously strengthening its expertise through high-quality training in 12 professions, especially in the area of environmental engineering, such as specialists in wastewater technology, pipe, drain and industrial services and water supply technology. Students and research are regularly supported. “We are committed to people and the environment so that future generations will also benefit from a viable and endearing environment. We take responsibility for pure drinking water, clean water, environmental protection and people’s quality of life” – this is the mission statement of Aggerverband.
ESPINA & DELFÍN, S.L. was born in the 70s to encompass the different cycles of the water system, from the catchment in the watercourses to the discharge back into the nature, passing through the use phase as well as the treatment and purification processes.
Our activities include the study, design, project, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities, as well as the management of municipal water services.
In order to increase efficiency and competitiveness in the different areas of activity of our company, in recent years we have increased the resources allocated to the R&D area and the collaboration with external research organizations. So, we have been part of the project Conception of the Sewage Treatment Plant of the XXI Century: Development, implementation, and evaluation of technologies for the treatment and resources recovery from wastewaters (CONSOLIDER) coordinated by the group of Environmental Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering of the University of Santiago de Compostela. We are also participating the Galician Technology Platform on Environment (ENVITE), in particular within the group of WATER.