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EIP Water News July 2016, 06. July 2016
EIP Water | Boosting opportunities - Innovating water

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the summer 2016 edition of our newsletter!

June has been a truly active month for water innovation - and we look back at our ARREAU Action Group's pan-European event on struvite recovery, Water Innovation Europe 2016, the launch of the WssTP 2030 Water Vision and much more.

At the same time, there is a series 
of highly relevant forthcoming water innovation events, calls and others; in fact, summer 2016 does not really look like time for a long break: two important consultations presented in this newsletter - WssTP-SIRA and H2020-SC2 - are already on-going, and several calls are open: you can apply for an EU Innovation Deal, a study assessing the economic benefits of EU water policy and the costs of its non-implementation or for EU Partnership Instruments for water platforms with China and India. Furthermore, water utilities and technology development centers might be interested in getting on board of our new collaboration with ino3w.

There is a lot to be done over the summer - we will enjoy a short break 
and hope to receive your contributions for our September newsletter.

Enjoy a great summer and b
est regards,
The EIP Water Secretariat


EIP Water News and Updates

MAGIC? Greengineering?
... and much more in our growing projects & products database

MAGIC can be many things. In the world of #water #innovation, MAGIC stands for "Moving Towards Adaptive Governance In Complexity: Informing Nexus Security" - it is only one of several hundred European water innovation projects which we aim to display on the EIP Water Marketplace - find out more about MAGIC here 
Greengineering Limited is in our products & services section; it integrates new and existing technology in novel ways, to create innovative solutions. Greengineering's new DrainMiserTM product range is a flexible system for capturing thermal waste energy from waste water. This system helps to reduce energy consumption in domestic and commercial settings. Find out more here
A third example are "Water Technology Testing Facilities", which are geophysics facilities on land and at sea. Deltares has a unique facility for geophysics that consists of a wide range of technologies for collecting data about the subsurface on land and at sea, but also about the seabed. It can be viewed here

When will you join over 2 000 registered users and inform them about your #water #innovation?  

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EIP Water teams up with ino3W on urban water technology

Ino3W is a global water technology validation accelerator created by UK-based ino3W Ltd. In order to increase market access for EU water technology developers and provide progressive water utilities with validated technologies, EIP Water has recently teamed up with them.

The main objective of Ino3W is to advance "game changing" water technologies dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, through early progressive adopters. ino3W carefully structures business models, creates a “win-win” business opportunity, a new acceleration bridge aimed to serve both disruptive technology developers and progressive water utilities.

The ino3W water utilities network already includes American Water (the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company), the Singapore Public Water Utility PUB and Queensland Urban Utilities, one of Australia leading water utilities. A leading UK water utility is currently in the final stages of joining ino3W. The network aims to consist of up to ten partners from different countries, and two additional progressive water utilities from the EU will be eligible to join the ino3W network.

EIP Water and Ino3W have agreed to develop cooperation activities with the aim of increasing the global market acceptance of urban water technologies from the EU.

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EIP Water Action Group News

Everything you always wanted to find out about struvite recovery

On 16 June a highly successfull "struvite recovery" event took place in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The EIP Water Action Group "ARREAU", which stands for "Accelerating Resource Recovery from the Water Cycle" held a Learning Alliance event with over 50 persons debating:    
  • What is struvite recovery?
  • What is it good for?
  • How does it work?
  • Why is it important?
And these are just some of the questions discussed during the day, for which you can now find the answers in three short interviews and a short and engaging after-movie: Struvite recovery: why, how and what for?

The three short interviews which provide more details and background are:
  1. Struvite recovery: We pay less for sludge withdrawal - and we do not have to buy energy! Henry van Veldhuizen explains the history and advantages of recovering nutrients during the wastewater treatment process. Get inspired and consider this for your wastewater treatment plant!
  2. Legal constraints to selling struvite - and why we will continue to produce it Aalke Lida de Jong from the Dutch Reststoffenunie explains some of the constraints to selling struvite all over Europe - and why it is a good product and they will continue producing it.
  3. Struvite: the market champion of phosphorus recovery from wastewater in which Christian Kabbe from the Berlin Water Competence Centre explains why the recovery of struvite is the market champion of recovering resources from the wastewater stream - and also one element of translating the circular economy into action ...
These interviews are now part of our video interview series Let's talk water innovation! with over 15 interviews which have been viewed well over 2000 times already - check out all the videos here

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More remote sensing for water management optimization

The EIP Water Action Group RESEWAM-O, which stands for "Remote Sensing for water management optimization" seeks to develop concrete solutions for agricultural adaptation to climate change by using remote sensing techniques and water management solutions. 

Its main objective is to develop an earth observation service package for water utilities, farmers and adjacent economic sectors. RESEWAM-O's first pilot projects in Spain are already producing good results, and an expansion of new pilots in Iran, Argentina, Peru and Brazil is currently underway. This expansion aims to will contribute to and render the RESEWAM-O models more robust.

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Italian-Moldovan peer-to-peer learning on smart river governance

In the framework of the project SMA.RI.GO "Smart river governance: experiences in the mirror from Italy to Moldova", a delegation of eight Moldovan experts attended a seminar and a technical visit in Orvieto, Italy, from 15 to 18 June.

Four experts were from the Moldovan State Enterprise Basin Water Management Authority, which manages Moldova's entire water protection and flood defense; two experts came from Apele Modovei, the implementing authority of state policy in the field of water management, hydrology, water supply and sanitation, which operates under the Ministry of Environment; a Professor from the Technical University of Moldova in Chisinau and the President of the non-governmental organisation Caroma North, which deals with ecology, human development and social integration, human rights and Volunteering, also attended.

Selected Water Innovation News

Towards EU-Iran
cooperation on water

In April 2016, the EU Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella took part in an EU mission to Iran; he met, among others, with Masoumeh Ebtekar who is currently the Vice President of Iran and head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization.

Iran faces a number of environmental challenges and is interested in closer co-operation with the EU, including in the water sector. The EU Commission's Directorate General for the environment DG ENV has proposed to organise a series of technical meetings in Brussels and is waiting to hear from the Iranian authorities regarding suitable dates.

Public consultation on
Horizon 2020

‘Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ are in the Horizon 2010 Work Programme 2018-2020. All citizens and organisations are now welcome to contribute to the consultation on this draft work programme - contributions are particularly sought from civil society organisations, businesses, research institutions, policy makers, higher education institutions, science museums, science shops, scientific centres of excellence, local public authorities, cities of scientific culture, innovators and entrepreneurs.

The consultation is open until 28 August 2016.

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Professional and Investment Opportunities

Integrated policy assessment for the freshwater and marine environment: Call for Proposals

Interested parties are now invited to participate in a Call for Proposals for a "Study on EU integrated policy assessment for the freshwater and marine environment, on the economic benefits of EU water policy and the costs of its non-implementation".

The estimated budget is 1 650 000 EUR; the deadline is 22 August 2016 and the contract concerns
  1. part A: the value of clean water as an input for the European economy
  2. part B: an integrated policy assessment in the context of all EU water and marine environment legislation.
Part A will serve to increase the understanding of the full value of water andater services and how water resources contribute to economic development and citizens' well-being. It will provide more insight into the functioning of the Water Framework Directive.

Part B will support the Commission's policy assessment capacity which is centred around models of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of freshwater and marine environments. These models are held by the Commission and are not part of this contract.

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New financial support for EU water cooperation with China

The EU has recently approved financial support under the EU's Partnership Instrument for water platforms with China and India. The overall objective is to promote policy dialogue, joint research and business development in the water sector between the EU and its Member States and these third countries.

On 26 May 2016, the Commission approved a six million euro project under the Partnership Instrument to implement the China-Europe Water Partnership (CEWP) Work Programme for 2017-2020. This financial support is to be co-financed with the EU Member States who will contribute an additional two million Euro.

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Apply for an
EU Innovation deal NOW!

A new call for Expressions of Interest focused on Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy is now open until 15 September 2016.

Any innovator or group of innovators seeking to introduce a circular economy-related product or service to the market can apply to participate in an Innovation Deal by setting out the regulatory obstacles they are struggling to overcome. The Commission will rank the proposals based on clearly defined criteria and will select up to five Expressions of Interest to become Innovation Deals. The implementation of the selected deals will start in January 2017. The Commission does not provide any funding for the implementation of these projects, which are based on a practical cooperation model.

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Recommended Reading

Economic, Regulatory Constraints the Main Barriers to Nutrient Recycling

"Economic constraints as well as outdated and sometimes incoherent legal frameworks are the main barriers to implementing nutrient recovery technologies", explained Dr. Christian Kabbe from the EIP Water Action Group ARREAU and the Berlin Center of Competence for Water in an article with OOSKAnews. “Implementation of nutrient recovery processes, like any other technology implementation, is strongly dependent on economic feasibility,” said Kabbe, who leads the “nutrients” working group within the EIP-Water Action Group Accelerating Resource Recovery from the Water Cycle (ARREAU).

But in addition to economic barriers, “the legal framework we have in place today in Europe is rather outdated and definitely needs to be adapted to enable circular economy,” explained Kabbe. “What good is recovery (even legally enforced) of nutrients, if they cannot be valorized?” he said. “In many countries, materials recovered from waste remain waste by regulatory definition and are therefore discriminated or even excluded for recycling. A level playing field for both materials, no matter if from primary or secondary sources, has to be created.” The current revision of the EU fertilizer regulation (EC 2003/2003) aims to solve this problem, at least for several recyclates, he said.

An additional problem is “the heterogeneity or even incoherence of requirements between EU member states or between regulations having impact on the same issue," Kabbe added. He was speaking ahead of the ARREAU Struvite Recovery & Recycling Learning Alliance (SRRLA) workshop on struvite (a phosphate mineral) recovery at wastewater treatment plants.

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During ISMAR9 - the 9th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge - MAR - held in Mexico City, IGRAC presented the recently launched MAR portal. This portal is the first structured database on MAR sites globally. The inventory is the result of work by the INOWAS research group from TU Dresden, a consortium of research­ers within the EU-funded project DEMEAU and IGRAC. The project is supervised by the IAH-MAR Commission.

To increase the availability and facilitate continuous update of the MAR inventory, a MAR web-GIS portal was developed. About 1200 case studies from over 50 countries from around the world were collected, analysed and compiled in the global inventory of MAR schemes. The inventory contains information such as site name, location, MAR type, year of scheme deployment, the source of infiltration water, the fi­nal use of abstracted water, as well as the main objectives of the project. By facilitating access and promoting international sharing of information and knowledge on MAR, the MAR portal encourages stakeholders to regard MAR as a viable solution for sustainable groundwater resources development and management. 

Get involved
If you have information on MAR sites or MAR suitability maps that should be included in the MAR portal, or if you have information to improve the currently available data in the portal, please get in touch with UN IGRAC and help improve the availability  of information on MAR sites.


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Announcements and Events

ISMAR 10 to take place in May 2019 in Madrid

On 20 and 24th of May 2016, the 9th edition of the International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR) has taken place in Mexico City. ISMAR is the main event related to artificial recharge as a first raw technique on integrated water resources management (IWRM) at international level.

In this event representatives of several EC projects have participated with oral presentations, posters and even a first day workshop, such as MARSOL, FREEWAT, SUBSOL… and from the AGs/WGs MAR to MAR-k€t and WIRE, all of them with lines of action related to Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR).

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12-16 September:
8th International
Phosphorus Workshop

Phosphorus (P) is of vital importance for all life on Earth. It is a major component in animal feed and plant fertilizers but, when present in excess, also a disruptive element in freshwater and marine water bodies. Today, limitations in global mineral P resources have strengthened the demand for efficient alternative P sources and for P-recycling technologies.

The International Phosphorus Workshops (IPWs) are well-known for presenting the latest results of research into agricultural and environmental P cycles as well as new methods of P analysis. Recently, environmental problems arising from P surplus on the one side, and the implications for food production posed by P deficiencies on the other have made fair and sustainable P distribution a societal challenge.

At the eigth IPW from 12 to 16 Septmber in Rostock, Phosphorus governance will be an important focus. In addition, the role of P in catalytic reactions and technical applications will debut as a workshop topic. Other topics, addressing subjects ranging from the atomic/molecular to the societal, are guaranteed to stimulate interesting and productive transdisciplinary discussions.

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Innovating disaster resilience

Recent studies from the IPCC indicate that Europe is particularly prone to increased risks of river and coastal floods, droughts resulting in water restrictions and damages from extreme weather such as heat events and wildfires. Evaluations also show a huge potential to reduce these risks with novel adaptation strategies. Researchers, innovators and incubators develop innovative products and services to reduce the increased climate change risks. Many of these innovations however hardly arrive at the markets.

BRIGAID - "BRIdging the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience" - is an 8.8 Mio Euro project running for 48 months; the EU’s contribution is of over 7.7 Mio Euro. Its approach is supported by three pillars.

  1. BRIGAID takes into account the geographical variability of climate-related hazards and their interaction with socio-economic changes.
  2. BRIGAID establishes structural, ongoing support for innovations that are ready for validation in field tests and real life demonstrations.
  3. BRIGAID develops a framework that enables an independent, scientific judgement of the socio-technological effectiveness of an innovation.

BRIGAID's objective is ambitious but achievable with strong consortium partners in the EU, two associated countries and support from Overseas Territories.

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Water Innovation Europe 2016 concluded with great success

'Water-Smart! European Solutions for a Smart Water Society’ was the theme of the 2016 edition of Water Innovation Europe from 21 to 23 June which attracted more than 200 participants from all over Europe. As the WssTP annual stakeholder conference at the Diamant Conference Centre in Brussels it revolved around four key areas:
  1. Water in between the physical and digital world
  2. Water-Energy-Food Nexus in practice
  3. The value of Water
  4. Water for a sustainable society

During the event, thirty distinguished speakers covered all aspects of the European water sector; most of the presentations can be downloaded here. Tomas Michel, WssTP President seized the opportunity to hand over the first copy of the WssTP Water Vision 2030 'The Value of Water: Towards a Future proof model for a European water-smart society' to Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, who held a keynote speech.

Water Innovation Europe 2016 also featured the third edition of WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards. The prestigious Awards ceremony brought to life the power of innovation and announced
Akvola Technologies, Aqua-Q, Arvia and WINGS ICT Solutions as its winners.

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EIP Water support the Partners for Water 2016-2021 programme

Do you have an innovative or innovative technology, methodology or prototype to water? And you want to test it, demonstrate or investigate its feasibility in urban deltas and their supply systems abroad? The subsidy 'water safety and water security urban deltas' offers opportunities for businesses, universities and NGOs.

The subsidy is part of the Partners for Water (PvW) 2016-2021 program. This is a program for parties in the Dutch water sector with international ambitions. The first tender will open on 15 July 15 and end on 31 August. The available budget in 2016 is € 3 million.

In 2017 there will be two tenders. You can apply for a grant from 9 January 2017 to 10 February 2017 and from 3 July 2017 to 15 September 2017. The available budget in 2017 is € 2 million per tender.

Partners for Water focuses on companies, governments, NGOs and research institutions. You can apply for a grant for a pilot / demonstration project or a feasibility study. The scheme has been modified slightly, in comparison with previous years. The biggest change compared to PvW3 is that there is no restriction on choice of land in 2016 and 2017, except for some fragile states.

Would you like to check whether your project grant can qualify? Present your idea in advance to one of the project advisers and send the complete project idea form here

The Partners for Water 2016-2021 programme is one of the instruments for implementing the International Water Ambition (IWA) from the Dutch national government. RVO and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) carry out the program jointly commissioned by the Ministries of Infrastructure and Environment, Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs. The scheme increases water security and water security, and the added value of the Dutch water sector.

The EIP Water Secretariat offers support to Dutch organizations for create consortia and assists them in the application procedures.

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Water allocation, water economics and eflows in River Basin Management

On 14-15 September 2016 there will be a two-day workshop to analyse water allocation challenges in river basins in India, with special emphasis on the Ganga Basin, focusing on key issues regarding related rules and procedures, as well as the consideration of socio-economic and cultural aspects and the role and implementation of environmental flows, within the planning process.

The workshop aims to provide an overview on the current status, planned developments and challenges in India, the EU and OECD countries. An outline of European and international experiences will enable the identification of commonalities and potentials of tailor-made adaptation of EU approaches to tackle challenges in India.

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Public consultation on Strategic Innovation & Research Agenda

The objective of this public consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens and private and public organisations, with regard to the development of a comprehensive WssTP Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda.

 The WssTP Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) promotes a balanced mix of innovation measures that contribute to overcoming the main bottlenecks towards realising the WssTP vision as described in “WssTP VISION: Towards a future-proof model for a European water-smart society”.

The replies submitted to this public consultation will be analysed, aggregated and taken into consideration during the development of the WssTP Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda foreseen for July 2016.

Deadline: 15 July 2016

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Don't miss the 2nd edition of award-winning climate action

Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, is now looking for cities around the world to join its Sustainable Business award-winning Climathon movement on 28 October 2016 and drive urban climate action.

On 18 June 2015, nineteen cities around the world had participated in the first Climathon challenge which had engaged over 2.6 million people to take climate action. Now there is an opportunity to join this initiative to engage your stakeholders and realise your sustainable city action plans. Climathon 2016 will once again bring together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. The 24-hour global climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world.

Urban climate action: your challenges?

Each city sets up its own local climate change challenge reflecting what impacts their urban life most: urban planning, infrastructure, housing and water / waste removal, use of city satellite data or any other possible urban challenge. Participants can contribute an existing idea and work with a team to develop it further during 4 hours, or they can develop an idea on the day itself. After 24 intense hours of collaboration, excitement and solution-finding, the best idea in each city will be selected by a jury consisting of relevant local stakeholders. How your city can benefit from the Climathon?

Here are just some of its main features:

  • Crowdsource local ideas to solve climate challenges of your city
  • Engage local students, entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Forge strong links between local businesses, academia and public bodies
  • Empower and showcase your local communities climate action across the globe
  • Engage with new global partners through Climate-KIC
  • Learn new tools and methodologies
  • Make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge
  • Develop skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, ideation
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities

Join the Climathon global movement to take climate action and register your interest up until 30 September here

If you have any queries about the Climathon please contact Climathon Manager Orsolya Barna.

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Leapfrogging ahead with the EU Environmental Technology Verification pilot programme

ETV stands for "Environmental Technology Verification" - it is a voluntary tool to support innovative environmental technologies to reach the market by validating their performance claims. ETV consists of third party validation of the performance claims that technology manufacturers put forward. This verification can be used by manufacturers to prove the reliability of their claims, and it should help technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs.  It is especially relevant for innovative start-ups and SMEs to differentiate their technologies in a context where there are no available standards or labels applicable.

The EU ETV pilot programme has been launched as one action under the EU Eco-innovation Action Plan in 2011. It has been running since 2013 and is planned to run until the end of 2016, with some support continuing in 2017 to enable a smooth transition. The pilot programme is coordinated by the European Commission and implemented by 14 ETV Verification Bodies. There are currently three specific technology areas: energy, water quality and treatment, and materials, waste and resources.

In the water area, the following examples of technologies were identified as especially relevant for verification under ETV:
  • Monitoring of water quality for microbial and chemical contaminants
  • Treatment of drinking water for microbial and chemical contaminants and desalination of seawater
  • Treatment of wastewater for microbial and chemical contaminants
Until date, over 175 companies have undertaken the first step of the ETV procedure; 62 have signed for the complete verification process and 12 technologies have been fully verified and the Statements of Verification published in the EU ETV website. During the three years of the ETV pilot programme, 21 different water technologies have signed up for the verification process.

The ETV pilot programme will be evaluated at the end of 2016, which will enable the Commission to develop and assess options for the way forward for environmental technology verification in the EU. At global level, a new ISO standard on ETV is being finalised, which should become the basis for mutual recognition between different ETV programmes across the world. This is an important development for ETV as it means that a technology verified in Europe will be more easily accepted for a given application and performance claims on overseas markets, which is a major objective for many companies coming to ETV.

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