PARTNERS

1- NCSR logoThe National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD) is the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece, ranked among the best in Europe, with high level expertise and advanced infrastructure in the fields of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Energy & Environment, Biosciences, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Informatics & Telecommunications.

Role in the Project

NCSRD, will have the main role in the management activities of the project and will be responsible for the relationship with the European Commission. NCSRD will chair the General Assembly, which has the highest authority to define and adopt the necessary measures in order to ensure that the project progresses properly.

Persons involved

  • Dr. Andreas Sapalidis, Position: Researcher
  • Dr. Evangelos Kouvelos, Position: Researcher
  • Dr.George Romanos, Position: Researcher
  • Dr. Evangelos Favvas, Position: Researcher
  • Dr. Chrysoula Athanasekou, Position: Researcher

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CNR

The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest Public Research Institution in Italy performing multidisciplinary activities. More than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists, are distributed between the Head Quarter in Rome (central legal & administrative site) and the 109 Institutes located throughout Italy. In this project, CNR participates with the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM – Istituto per la Tecnologia delle Membrane).

Role in the Project

CNR-ITM will be in charge of the testing at laboratory scale and selection of the ion exchange membranes (IEMs), for the RED-MD/MCr prototype. Using real and simulated solutions the electrochemical properties (ionic resistance and permeselctivity) of the IEMs will be investigated to predicit their performance in salinity gradient harvesting. The most performing membranes will be tested in laboratory scale SGP-RED system to select the better membrane pair for scale-up in the Case study 2. The CNR-ITM will be also involved in the testing and selection of the membranes for the MD/MCr unit of the prototype.

Persons Involved

  • Dr. Enrica Fontananova, Position: Researcher
  • Dr.Gianluca Di Profio, Position: Researcher
  • Dr.Elena Tocci, Position: Researcher
  • Dr.Teresa Poerio, Position: Researcher
  • Dr.Laura Donato, Position: Researcher

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The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organisation, under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. Its own laboratories as well as those it maintains jointly with universities, other research organisations or industry are located throughout France. In addition, international joint overseas laboratories are located in several countries. Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to scientific research and by the great range of disciplines in which its scientists carry out their work, CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity in France. It is also an important breeding ground for scientific and technological innovation and has been one of the most active participants to previous and current European Framework Programmes. Over the past years, the CNRS has acquired an outstanding experience in FP Projects.

Role in the Project

Development of novel nanofiltration membranes based on artificial water channels architecture.

Persons involved

  • Mihail Barboiu, Position:  Researcher
  • Sophie Cerneaux, Position: Ass Professor

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PPC was founded in 1950 and is the leading company in generation and supply of electricity in Greece, with activities in the generation, distribution and sale of electricity. .It has a total installed capacity of 12.2 GW in Greece, with thermal and hydroelectric power stations as well as Renewable Energy Sources (RES) installations on the mainland and the islands. It owns the electricity distribution network with a Regulated Assets Base of approximately € 3 billion, managed by its subsidiary HEDNO SA. It is the largest supplier of electricity, serving approximately 6.9 million customers nationwide.

Role in the Project

Cooling tower blow down treatment case study host. Prototype’s evaluation of performance.

Persons involed

  • Christos Nychtis: Energy & Environment Expert
  • Antony Thanos: Head of Chemical Processes Subsector in Thermal Projects Engineering and Contraction Dpt.
  • Pavlos Leousis: Head of Automation and Chemical Processes Sector in Thermal Projects Engineering and Contraction Dpt.
  • Anastasios Michopoulos: Energy & Environment Expert
  • Alexios Katsaros: Head of Chemical Dpt in Megalopolis V Power Plant

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WARRANT HUB

The Warrant Hub S.p.A. (WH) is a privately held consultancy services company that provides full-spectrum consulting in business finance. Warrant Hub has been active since 1995, growing over the years to become a leader in its sector today. WH Business Units work in synergy with its Innovation Lab to give their clients the best support tools for the success of their business initiatives and to assist them in the preparation and management of strategic projects: business projects, research projects, training and technology transfer activities, under National and International
support frameworks.
The European Funding Development (EFD) team provides consultancy, training and support on European Funding opportunities, and in the preparation, negotiation and management of European Proposals, particularly on H2020 calls. EFD offers also support for communication and dissemination activities, and periodically participates into it and organizes sectional seminars and networking events with/for industrial associations, INDs, policy makers, etc. thus having the opportunity to disseminate the project results to relevant audiences. EFD also collaborates with the Innovation Lab of Warrant Hub, that has a long experience in market surveys and studies, technological audits and scouting, IP management, market penetration studies (especially for new materials and processes).

Role in the Project

WH will be in charge of dissemination & exploitation management, and of risk assessment of nanotechnology

Persons involved

  • Isella Vicini – European Funding Development Director
  • Massimo Rinaldi – EU Project Expert
  • Elisa Alberti – Project Manager
  • Sara Attanà – Dissemination Specialist

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Technische Hochschule Köln – abbreviated as TH Köln – University of Applied
Sciences is Germany’s largest University of Applied Sciences with about 24.000 students and 420 professors. 11 faculties offer over 80 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.

Role in the Project

THK will be lead of Work package 6

Persons involved

  • Stéphan Barbe Position: Professor
  • Josipa Lisičar Vukušić, Position: Researcher

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Founded in 1900, the University is one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom; the breadth of research expertise is a distinctive characteristic of the University.The University of Birmingham has extensive experience of EU collaboration and partnerships and in-depth expertise of Framework Programme matters including management, reporting and auditing.

Role in the Project

The University of Birmingham will develop high-recovery desalination and water purification systems based on the batch Reverse Osmosis (batch RO) principle. Laboratory units optimized to suit the targets application will be constructed at laboratory scale (1 m3/hr output) and the technology will be transferred to the industrial partners participating in the case studies, enabling pilot units (5 m3/hr output) to be constructed.

Persons involved

  • Philip Davies, Position: Researcher

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The Politecnico di Torino, founded in 1906, has a long-standing tradition of leadership of polytechnic culture. It is one of the most important universities in Europe for engineering and architecture studies, strongly committed to collaboration with industry. Currently it holds the 57st position among the top Engineering universities in the world, the 7th in Europe and the 1st in Italy (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking 2008).

Role in the Project

  • Study, development and fabrication of graphene-based membrane to be used as ionic selective membrane for energy harvesting by reverse
    electrodialysis;
  • Study, development and fabrication of distributed sensing platform fro continuous water monitoring in different cases study.

Persons involved

  • Andrea Lamberti, Position: Researcher
  • Stefano Bianco, Position: Associate Professor
  • Giancarlo Cicero, Position: Associate Professor
  • Sergio Ferrero, Position: Researcher
  • Elena Tresso, Position: Porfessor

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For more than a decade CUT Membrane Technology GmbH, a subsidiary of Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, is committed to customized membrane filtration solutions. Thus, CUT has a vast expertise in the application and production of membranes and membrane modules for all membrane filtration tasks. The product portfolio covers the entire range of pressure driven membrane processes and module designs.However, its focus lie in the manufacture of tubular UF membrane and membrane modules (T-CUT).

Role in the Project

Production/optimization of membranes and membrane modules

Person involved

  • Ines Bettermann, Position: Researcher
  • Dominik Zimmermann, Position: Business Manager
  • Berenike Wagenhäuser, Position: Researcher
  • Carsten Blicke, Position: Researcher
  • Sebastian Goerke, Position: Head of operations
  • Frank Vogel, Position: Production

BIA

The BIA Group is one of the leading companies in plating on plastics for automotive application. With about 2500 employees and facilities in Germany, Slovakia, Mexico and China a worldwide distribution of high quality parts is guaranteed. BIA produces plastic parts with an additional metal surface finish. Its production competences are stated within the injection moulding process, the tool and part design in the project phase and of course the application of the metallic layer system on the parts. The company provides engineering, tooling and production of high quality surface parts for state of the art automotive application. This includes the required specification, quality tests and certificates.

Role in the Project

Case Study 3

Persons involved

  • Felix A. Heinzler, Position Head of Development
  • Marc Piepenbrink, Position: Researcher Title Gender Male
  • Marvin Wagner, Position: Researcher

FUELICSFuelics PC is a deep tech startup R&D company with a prototyping and production plant in Greece. Fuelics was launched as a company in July 2019 and since then has stirred its interest in the industrialization of Low Power Wide Area Network Sensors, mainly using NBIoT protocol and various industrial protocols such as ModBus, M2M and others and piloted the first ever Diesel Management Sensor for stationary fuel tanks. Since the first industrial sensor, Fuelics delivered a series of LWPAN sensors for utility networks, the Smart City initiative and the Agrotech.

Role in the Project

Partner

Persons involved

  • Evangelos Angelopoulos, Position: CEO
  • Dionysis Skamnakis: Position: CTO
  • Michael Vaidakis, Position: R&D Director
  • Nikolaos Dimopoulos, Position: COO
  • Christina Kotermayer, Position: Coder

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IHE delftIHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international water education facility in the world. Its mission is to contribute to water related research and the education of water professionals. IHE Delft has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from 162 countries. Over 150 PhD fellows are currently enrolled in water-related research and more than 120 water research and capacity development projects are carried out throughout the world.

Role in the Project

IHE will also involve in WP3 and WP6 and perform laboratory and field testing (demonstration sites) to investigate and mitigate the membrane fouling issues and work out on the pre-treatment needed.

Persons involved

  • Maria D. Kennedy, Position: Head of Department
  • Nirajan Dhakal, Position: Lecturer

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Studio Fieschi & soci is a small enterprise that provides international technical and management consultancy in the environment and sustainability sectors. The company is notably active in the fields of life cycle and sustainability assessment, industrial ecology, corporate social responsibility and product environmental communication.

Role in the Project

SFIESCHI will be in charge of the application of life cycle thinking approach for the evaluation of environmental, economic and social impacts of new technologies, through the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost (LCC), and Social-LCA (S-LCA) methodologies. SFIESCHI will also evaluate the circularity index of the new technologies. SFIESCHI will be the WP Leader in WP9.

Persons involved

  • Ugo Pretato, Position: Partner
  • Nicola Moro, Position: Senior Consultant
  • Elia Rillo. Position: Consultant
  • Alessandra Giomi, Position: Consultant

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Techedge is an IT Consulting Company that specializes in combining business knowledge and technological expertise to transform information technology into a competitive advantage for companies.

Role in the Project

Partner

Persons involved

  • Fabio Cerioni, Position: CTO
  • Jaume Manero, Position: Digitalization / Deep Learning Specialist
  • Pablo Perez, Position: Manager I4.0
  • Manuel Torres, Position: Manager Machine Learning

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SORIGUESorigué was founded in 1954 and has an established track record and extensive knowledge on hydraulic infrastructures, the execution of underwater and marine works and the design, manufacturing, assembly and maintenance of machinery and equipment of water treatment. The Group is a recognized European specialist in the construction field for the maintenance of water networks. Sorigué maintains a leading role in developing new products and working methods, in constant evolution in order to create value in each part of the process and, innovating pursuing excellence.

Role in the project

End user for design, constructing, installing, commissioning, operating and holding the case study 2: Demonstration of an environmentally friendly hybrid process for water recovery and energy harvesting in a pilot plant located in a brine collector operated by ACSA, including parameters evaluation and environmental impact assessment.

Persons involved

  • Beatriz Corzo Garcia, Position: Principal Researcher
  • Karin Florencio, Position: Researcher

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UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN

The University of Jordan was founded in 1962. It has grown to become Jordan’s largest and leading University in pedagogy, research, innovation and advancing in global standing. It offers a wide range of academic programmes for students who can choose from more than 253 programmes from 25 schools in various disciplines.

Role in the Project

Partner

Persons involved

  • Rund Abu-Zurayk, Position: Researcher
  • Abeer Al Bawab, Position: Professor

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Redstack

REDstack, founded in 2005, is a Dutch spin‐off company of WETSUS, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology, in the Netherlands. Our mission is to develop and commercialize (reverse) electro‐dialysis (RED and ED) and related technologies.
Over the years we have gained great expertise and experience in the fields of RED and ED in general, and more specific, in integrated stack design and manufacturing. Currently REDstack holds 13 granted patents, 4 pending patents and a few more in the pipeline- Furthermore some of our employees have published on RED in peer reviewed journals, which reflects our ability and ambitions to be an innovative company putting a lot of resources in R&D.

Role in the project

Developing, manufacturing and testing RED stacks for the project

Persons involved

  • Rik Siebers: Managing Director
  • Jordi Moreno: Project leader/ R&D Process Technologist
  • Simon Grasman: CTO
  • Kristan Goeting: R&D Technologist

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CIEMAT PSA

Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT) is a Spanish Public Research Institution assigned to the Ministry of Science and Universities (www.ciemat.es). Since its founding in 1951, it has developed and led R&D projects in the fields of Energy, Environment and Technology, placing the institution at the forefront of science and technology. Its activities include the promotion, introduction and improvement of renewable energies on the energy market, as well as promotion of technology transfer, training and scientific outreach.

Role in the project

Participation in case 2 study. Use of solar energy for desalination to recover water and concentrate brine. Participation in the development and
implementation of laboratory and pilot MD/MCr unit.

Persons involved

  • Guillermo Zaragoza, Position: Researcher
  • Alba Ruiz-Aguirre, Position: Researcher

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Nijhuis Water Technology is a part of Nijhuis Industries and has a strong focus on innovation and customer satisfaction. Nijhuis Water Technology designs, manufactures and delivers robust technologies and added value services to treat effluent, process water, biogas and air across a wide range of industries and municipalities with more than 2600 references around the world. Nijhuis offers a unique portfolio of market leading solutions for primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment, reuse, waste to value and disinfection. Nijhuis Industries delivers solid solutions for sustainable water use, energy & resource recovery. By reduce, reuse and recover we help industries, utilities and cities to advance water
and climate change adaptation and build a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive future. Nijhuis has provided the business with a wealth of expertise based on their innovative vision, in-house technologies, market experience and a wide range of added value services.

Role in the project

Prototype units construction, developing smart monitoring, business cases and exploitation plan.

Main Contact

  • Dimitra Aravani, Position: Product Manager Tertiary treatment

Persons involved

  • Hessel Teeuw: Senior Process Design Engineer
  • Bart Linger: Senior Project manager
  • Gerhardus Henricus (Rob) Kolkman, Position: Senior Process engineer
  • Rodolfo Villanueva: Process design engineer – Digital systems

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Nokia creates the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia serves communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

Role in the Project

Nokia will offer it’s IoT platform IMPACT to the project. IMPACT\s role will be the abstraction of IoT devices and protocols from the application layer. IMPACT enables communication between devices and Applications.

Persons involved

  • Christina Tsitouri, Position: R&D Engineer
  • Emmanouil Paraskevakis, Position: CS Engineer
  • Andreas Tzoulis, Position: System Architec