Advancing Sustainability of Process Industries through Digital and Circular Water Use Innovations

01 December 2020 → 28 February 2025
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • (Waste)water treatment processes
water scarcity
Other information
Project description

Either we rethink how we use water or we threaten the availability. Even though there is overall enough water to meet the world’s growing needs, it is necessary to make changes in how water is used, managed and shared. The EU-funded AquaSPICE project will increase awareness in resource efficiency. It will also deliver compact solutions for industrial applications, including water treatment and reuse technologies, and closed-loop recycling practices. The project will also develop a cyber-physical-system controller including a system for real-time monitoring, assessment and optimisation of water use and reuse at different interconnected levels. The overall approach is based on the adaptation of technologies and practices – from a single industrial process to an entire industry.

Role of Ghent University
Ghent University will provide and operate the IMPROVED water treatment pilots at 3 of the industrial testing sites – Dow Terneuzen (NL), BASF Antewerp (BE) and Dow Beuhlen (DE). Additionally, Ghent University will provide knowledge in terms of industrial water treatment. Ghent University will also provide modelling and simulation of industrial closed cooling loops as well as key water treatment technologies.
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