HYDROUSA consist of 6 technical and 4 nontechnical (project management, coordination and reporting to the EC (WP1), exploitation and marketing (WP8), communication and dissemination (WP9), ethics requirements (WP10) ) work packages. HYDROUSA deals with water supply solutions within WP2 and wastewater management and resource recovery within WP3 for water scarce decentralised Mediterranean areas. Within WP2 and WP3 innovative technologies will be developed and combined with commercially available solutions for the valorisation of non-conventional water resources. Recovered/reclaimed water will be used for a variety of agricultural innovations within WP4 and for the production of added value products. The water generated by WP3 & 4 will be used to irrigate the crops under study. HYDROUSA has a strong ICT element with the integration of smart sensors and the development of an open source platform to monitor and control the demo units (WP5). The demonstration systems will be evaluated in WP6 through key indicators of sustainability and CE principles. WP7 will explore the commercialization, business routes and alignment of the business prospects with local regulations and policies. In order to ensure compliance with “ethical requirements”, a separate WP has been defined in HYDROUSA project.

  • WP1 – Management, Coordination and Reporting to the EC

    Leader: National Technical University of Athens

    Objectives

    • Manage the project to meet the budget and the time schedule.
    • Maintain direct communication with the EC and ensure reporting is undertaken.
    • Oversee legal, contractual, data management, IPR, ethical and diversity matters.
    • Ensure project and exploitation risk and mitigation measures are assessed and applied.
  • WP2- Freshwater production, collection, storage and supply

    Leader: alchemia-noval

    Objectives

    • Embed nature-based and nature inspired solutions in dry areas.
    • Recover and valorise rainwater, groundwater and seawater.
    • Demonstrate the application of water loops for increased agricultural production.
    • Smart recovery, collection and distribution of fresh water by planning and monitoring.
  • WP3 – Wastewater management and resource recovery

    Leader:  National Technical University of Athens

    Objectives

    • To demonstrate the application of an integrated process for domestic wastewater treatment at community level which shall recover energy, water and recycle nutrients.
    • To demonstrate effective wastewater treatment and resource recovery for eco-tourism facilities.
  • WP4 – Agricultural Innovations

    Leader: ISIS Organic Food

    Objectives

    • Embed innovative nature-based solutions in dry Mediterranean areas.
    • Fertigate an extensive agroforestry system with nutrient rich reclaimed water.
    • Establish a resilient ecosystem that will always generate high yields.
    • Foster agricultural innovations with high-value plants.
    • Implement ancient clever water distribution technologies.
  • WP5 – Monitoring of the demonstration sites and ICT integration

    Leader: AGENSO

    Objectives

    • Identify, analyse and prioritise the needs of users in demo sites.
    • Use open source technologies for increased interoperability and extendibility.
    • Deploy sensors and actuators and to develop HYDROUSA´s data repository.
    • Design and implement high level plant monitoring systems. Implementation of tracking and tracing of the products/by-products produced from HYDROUSA systems, LCA and LCC and algorithms.
    • Develop an open source monitoring and controlling platform for wider interaction.
  • WP6- Evaluation of HYDROUSA demonstration systems and services

    Leader: Brunel University

    Objectives

    • Develop functional and economic indicators of HYDROUSA circular concept and provide the ability for the evaluation of technological solutions against environmental, regulatory and policy benchmarks.
    • Create valuable input to the European debate on circular economy financing models, based on the consideration of externalisation and internalisation of cost factors.
    • Demonstrate the economy options and strategies for HYDROUSA systems and recovered resources integrating operational, technical, environmental and economic data, in addition to social factors, citizen engagement and customer satisfaction and to perform social impact and public acceptance assessments.
    • Measure social acceptability through social Life Cycle Impact Assessment (S-LCA) – DSS output.
    • Develop the models for the physical and virtual water-energy-food nexus of HYDROUSA systems.
    • Evaluate the sustainability of the nature-based solutions on environment and food safety through the application of validated environmental risk assessment strategies.
  • WP7 – Transferability and replication of HYDROUSA services

    Leader: University of Marche

    Objectives

    • Analyse the impact of different policy and institutional requirements on the implementation of HYDROUSA.
    • Prepare feasibility studies, business cases and pre-assessment service concerning different geographic areas.
    • Provide a market/competitor analysis in light of market launch in a different geographical context.
    • Develop a credible replicability and transferability plan.
  • WP8 – Marketing and Exploitation

    Leader: SEMIDE

    Objectives

    • Specify exploitation scenarios and estimate market size.
    • Develop a business plan to market HYDROUSA services through an appropriate exploitation strategy addressing market penetration barriers and opportunities.
    • Prepare the transition towards circular economy systems based on non-conventional water resources.
    • Explore additional funding mechanisms and opportunities for replication and market development.
    • Improve the TRL of HYDROUSA technologies.
  • WP9 – Communication, community building, dissemination

    Leader: Impact Hub Athens

    Objectives

    • Develop an effective dissemination and communication strategy.
    • Inform and raise awareness on the water circular economy to a wide range of stakeholders including citizens, public and private organisations, local and international enterprises.
    • Activate and engage the target audience in the project’s milestones and being the ambassadors of its mission.
    • Ensure widespread use and awareness of the HYDROUSA services and solutions.

HYDROUSA is a member of the ICT4WATER cluster