Water smart industrial symbiosis

ULTIMATE aims to create economic value and increase sustainability by valorising resources within the water cycle.

Wastewater plays a key role both as a reusable resource but also as a carrier for energy and materials to be extracted, treated, stored and reused within a dynamic socio-economic and business oriented industrial ecosystem.



october, 2021

ULTIMATE Case Study Map

9 demosites

ULTIMATE will implement Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis in nine large-scale business cases from the international agro-food, petrochemical and biotech sector.

Circular solutions

The circular solutions adapted in the project cover the three areas: water recycling and reuse, extracting and exploitation of energy, and material recovery.

Reuse wastewater

Recover, refine & reuse wastewater from industries & municipalities

Exploit energy

Extract & exploit energy – combined water-energy management, treatment process as energy producers, water-enabled heat transfer, storage & recovery

Recover Materials

Nutrient mining & reuse, extraction & reuse of high-added-value exploitable compounds



Open Innovation
Learning in practice

Building a support system in practice. Scale impact, create sustainable strategies and actionable goals through innovation, capacity development, and market outreach


Integration and Peer Knowledge
Learning with peers and experts

Involving domain-specific stakeholders and experts with various hands-on experiences


Play & Community Engagement
Learning by doing and reflection

Involving local communities and general public to co-innovate by allowing them to
reflect on the processes and finding new solutions to challenges


Multi-use Playspaces
Learning beyond

Formulating human-centered approaches, methodologies, tools, and interventions to guide and motivate people to do things, disseminate, use and re-use information in a new way 

Immersive Narrative / Art and Technology Interventions in 3 Case Studies