The Consortium

Aqualia, Aqualia is the water management company owned by the citizen services group FCC (51%) and the Australian ethical fund IFM Investors (49%). The company is the fourth water company in Europe by population served and is among the top ten in the World, according to the latest Global Water Intelligence ranking (August 2019). The company covers the whole water cycle, managing water and wastewater services in more than 1100 towns and cities, and serving more than 22 million people.

For R&D, Aqualia has its own Innovation and Technology Department, in charge of over 17 industrially oriented demo projects and has international activities. Aqualia has a long experience developing innovative solutions for wastewater treatment as its main is the management of municipal water services.
AQUALIA is founding members of the EIP Action Group “MEET-ME4WATER”, EIP Action Group AnMBR led by Aurora Seco (UV), and EIP Action Group Ctrl+SWAN, led by Anna Di Mauro, also participant in the project through ME.HY.


Severn Trent Water is one of the largest of the 10 regulated water and sewage companies in England and Wales, supplying water to circa 8 million people and treating wastewater from circa 9 million people in the East and West Midlands and the mid-Wales regions of the UK.


VA SYD is a public agency that deals with water and wastewater systems and waste collection and disposal services in southwestern Sweden. VA SYD supplies fresh drinking water, managing storm water, purifies wastewater and take care of household waste in a responsible manner.


AQUANET is a public body and one of the leading water supply and sewage entities in Poland. Guided by the principles of corporate social responsibility, the Company’s activities are driven by care for the natural environment – in order to band the linear path of resource management into a circular one.


The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems (Living Labs) that place people at the centre of product and service development and innovation. The network and its members provide innovation services for small and medium-sized international companies, the public sector, organisations, and citizens.


Hidrotec is a subsidiary of Aqualia. The main activities of the company are the provision of advisory services in occupational risk prevention procedures, quality systems, marketing, IT and communication procedures; the  development and commercialization of all types of mechanisms, representations and patents, related to the treatment and purification of water; and the provision of services to Customer Service Centres.


City of Malmö is one of Sweden’s fastest growing metropolitan centres with a multicultural population. Progressive eco-friendly development projects and multi – stakeholder social initiatives to promote health and well-being have put Malmö on the map as one of Northern Europe’s most sustainable cities.


POLYMEM develops and manufactures equipment based upon membrane filtration. The Company sells its products to the most important actors on the water and wastewater markets.  POLUMEN has pilot spinning lines and industrial hollow fibre spinning lines, which could be used for R&D projects. The entity has laboratory facilities and performance evaluation tests.


ResourSEAs (RESA) is a spin-off company from the University of Palermo. It builds on the experience of the Chemical Process and Plant design research group. The company offers technologies and services that allow the integration of these industrial sectors in the spirit of the circular economy.


BlueTech Research is a leading consultancy specialising in providing water technology market intelligence. It works with innovative start-up companies, venture capital investors and leading water technology companies to support technology commercialisation, market analysis and technology assessment.


AQUAPORIN A/S is a global water technology company located in Denmark. It is dedicated to revolutionizing water purification through the use of industrial biotechnological techniques and thinking. The main goal of AQUAPORIN is to develop the AQUAPORIN Inside® technology, capable of separating and purifying water from all other compounds.


Water, Environment and Business for Development is a consulting company focused on the economic and social aspects of the water and environmental sectors. WE&B implements water and environmental solutions, innovative business practices and builds capacity to assist communities, companies, and public authorities to sustainably develop.


Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd (EMS) is a SME providing products and services to help businesses meet and maintain environmental compliance. EMS has a track record of delivering innovative AI based software and hardware solutions for the water industry, taking technologies from concepts through to industry solutions.


Solar Water Plc is a company working on innovative, carbon neutral and sustainable technology for sea water desalination on an industrial scale, created by Malcolm Aw and developed from concept to reality over several years.


IETU is an R&D unit acting under the Ministry of Environment in Poland. IETU carries out research and development projects as well as provides consulting services for local and state authorities, regulators and businesses focused on environmental challenges.


Universitat de Valencia is a university research-oriented and teaching in all scientific fields and University levels of Education. The CALAGUA Research Group has twenty years’ experience in studying the whole range of biological, physical and chemical processes involved in WWTPs. The Group’s fundamental aim is to apply and transfer results to the industrial sector.


VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, Institute of clean technologies for mining and utilization of raw materials for energy use (TUOS) is state university in Czech Republic. TUOS is unique in Czech Republic researching problems in the area of extraction and utilization of energy resources and further exploitation of the geological environment.


University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZ) is the leading educational and R&D institution in the fields of engineering of Croatia. Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems LARES, has been involved with the state-of-the art R&D in the domain of energy and resources management in complex systems, that resides on optimal control and estimation techniques for linear and hybrid systems, since 2000s.


CETIM is a Spanish private non-profit Technology Centre, which mission is to promote research, technological development and innovation in different economic sectors and economic activities. The Centre is focused on industrial support through applied collaborative R&D focused in the areas of Eco Bio Technologies, Advanced Materials and Digital Industry.


Coventry University (CU)
The Functional Materials Group sits within the Institute for Future Transport and Cities. The Group brings expertise in the research of electrochemistry, sonochemistry, surface modification, metallization processes, and patterning of materials. The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) is driving innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems internationally.


Lund University Founded in 1666 is the most popular study location in Sweden. Themembrane group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lund cover both fundamentals and applied research on the Optimisation, integration and scale-up of membrane processes. Part of the membrane group is the Industrial Membrane Process Research and Development Centre which has a wide range of suitable membrane equipment for laboratory to pilot scale tests and scale-up.


Poznan University of Technology (PUT) is one of the leading technical universities in Poland. PUT takes an active part in scientific exchange and international projects and cooperate with many companies and research institutions.


PKF Attest innCome is a consulting company that provides service to all types of entities in global management of public incentives related to R&D&I activities. innCome dynamizes numerous R+D+i projects creating technological and commercial synergies in strategic sectors such as Energy, Environment, Transport, Health, Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing and ICT.


The Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes group at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria of Università di Palermo has a strong track record in the fields of water technology, non-conventional energy sources, electrochemical processes, and brines valorisation, with focus on experimental analysis, process modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and prototyping activities.