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Nuevo modelo de economía circular de servicios de tratamiento de aguas residuales en zonas urbanas (InCEMode)


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Un instituto macedonio de investigación en medioambiente, ingeniería civil y energía está desarrollando un proyecto dentro de la convocatoria CIRC- 02- 2016-2017: Agua en el contexto de la economía circular, parte b) Hacia la próxima generación de sistemas y servicios de agua - grandes proyectos de demostración (2017). El objetivo es probar un nuevo modelo de servicios de tratamiento de aguas residuales que incluya un enfoque integrado tecnológico y de gestión para circuitos cerrados de agua, energía y materiales. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 7 de marzo de 2017 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 15 de febrero.


Innovative Circular Economy Model of Wastewater Treatment Services in Urban Areas - InCEMode -
A Macedonian Institute is developing a project under CIRC- 02- 2016-2017: Water in circular economy, part b) Towards the next generation of water systems and services - large scale demonstration projects(2017). The project aims to demonstrate an innovative overarching model of the wastewater treatment services in urban areas, based on a holistic technological, financial and social approach for the creation of a complex and systemic approach to a reliable, efficient and rational water use.
The Project will design, produce and demonstrate a new and comprehensive manner of conduction of water services in urban areas, accorded to the future demands in line with circular economy. It will encompass all relevant aspects of water and wastewater usage (technological, financial, social, environmental, managerial, business, regulatory demands).
The Project will be implemented in a large execution scale and in several (at least two) representative cities that will be selected at different geographical locations, will be of variable size population-wise, and considering new as well as existing wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) for communal and industrial wastewater processing.
The general project objective is to pursue a new integrated model for the water utility services in EU EU-wide urban settlements that will take into consideration various (technological, environmental and financial) aspects, as well as a general communal and societal acceptance towards water as a valuable, scarce, essential, and the most widely used natural resource.
The general advantageous purpose of this comprehensive model of water utility services will be the optimization of the complete water cycle(s) (starting with the quantity and quality of diverse water streams, the treatment of different waste water(s), and ending by water-energy-materials closed loops, foremost aiming at agriculture and aquaculture cross-cutting flows, e.g. nutrients and value-added biological products) by the development of innovative water services, reaching towards the future emerging demands of customers, markets, national and EU-wide regulatory policy, as well as sustainability and an efficient management resource.
The Project will design and demonstrate a complex, unique, and comprehensive model based on complete integration, mutual balance and optimization of the following aspects of water use and treatment in urban areas:
1) integral technological solution, compatible to each other and adjusted to the site conditions (site location, size, hydraulic and technological loading, market conditions, social environment, etc.),
2) Environmental aspects (prevention of pollution by effluents and emissions from the treatment process),
3) Social aspects (habits for water use, individual and municipal attitude to water spending and saving, which are indicated by hydraulic and technological loading of the plants),
4) Financial aspects (possibilities and benefits of investment in circular economy technologies),
5) Management aspects (most efficient and purposeful modes of operation, running and conduction of the plants),
6) Business and marketing aspects (models of financing).
A methodological approach of optimization, supported by an appropriate software tool, will also be developed and demonstrated within the Project, intended for future designing and optimization of water, material and energy closed loops systems in wastewater treatment plants in urban environments. In addition, an appropriate model for management of the plant will be demonstrated, forming an integral part of the new established circular economy system of the water services for WWWTs management and operation.
The Project innovation focus will be set on integration and optimization of several technological fields encompassing usage of: treated and untreated water for water supply of industry and communal needs, treatment process residuals, generation of heat, electricity and materials for industry. In general, three pathways will be determined with the technological aspect: water, energy and material loops.
For the proposal development, it has established partnerships with reputable scientific and applied research institutes and engineering consultancy services companies. The Institute is looking for a project coordinator and other partners (industrial enterprises, business experts, water utilities).

- Official call Deadline: 07-03-2017
- Internal deadline for EOIs: 15/02/2017
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
The Institute is looking for a project coordinator and partners with the following profiles: - Industrial enterprises for design, manufacture, installation and putting in operation of circular economy technological solutions for WWT plants (to design technological equipment in accordance with the model produced by the research institutions, to manufacture, deliver, install and put the equipment in operation); - Business, management and marketing experts (to design optimal models of financing, maintain and manage of future plants; to provide data on future market demands and trends of trade with materials from WWTPs;); - Water utilities, in charge of providing wastewater services (to follow up the project and give their opinion in view of plant owners and operators, and possibly to provide locations for piloting of the Project); - Entities having experience with application of water circular economy solutions (to share their experience, by presenting case studies, examples of successful application of circular economy technologies etc.). The partners sought should have relevant experience, as well as potential and interest for sharing the project objective and innovation focus and for making a significant contribution to reaching the project goals. The coordinating partner needs to have adequate experience in related research field, running and leading of similar projects and a wide contact network that can be used for further development of the project team. The prospective partners are encouraged to submit proposals for further development of the project concept.
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Type and Size of Client:
R-Y-D Institution
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Evaluation Scheme:
CIRC-02-2016-2017: TOPIC : Water in the context of the circular economy
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Project title and Acronym:
Innovative Circular Economy Model of Wastewater Treatment Services in Urban Areas - InCEMode -