ULTIMATE aims to create economic value and increase sustainability by valorising resources within the water cycle. Wastewater is not only a reusable resource but also a carrier for energy and components that can be extracted, treated, stored, and reused. Drawing on “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis” (WSIS) we promote wastewater recycling in various industrial settings. We have selected nine large-scale demonstration cases from the four most important industrial sectors in Europe:
Heavy chemical / petrochemical
Turning wastewater into a resource, we will
Recover, refine and reuse wastewater,
Extract and exploit energy
Extract and exploit materials
... contained in industrial wastewater.
ULTIMATE nurtures partnerships between business, water service providers, regulators and policy makers. We will actively support these stakeholders through immersive storytelling, using technology and art to set out shared visions for a more circular, profitable, socially responsible, and greener industry with water at its core.
We mobilise a strong partnership of industrial complexes and symbiosis clusters, leading water companies and water service providers, specialist SMEs, research institutes and water-industry networks. Our team builds on an impressive portfolio of past and ongoing research and innovation, leveraging multiple European and global networks to ensure real impact.
We secured funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 869318 as part of the circular economy call CE-SC5-04-2019. The project runs from 1 June 2020 – 30 May 2024 (4 years) and is coordinated by KWR. An outline of project conditions is hosted on the CORDIS website.
ULTIMATE will explore the policy and regulatory frameworks in which the demo cases are embedded, identifying enabling and constraining factors for the uptake of innovations. We will focus on European policy and regulation, but we will also consider the impacts of national/regional legislation. To do this, we will conduct in depth interviews for each large-scale demonstration case, followed by a cross-case analysis to identify broader lessons and common factors. This will allow us to identify and describe the potential barriers and opportunities facing SMEs and start-ups with regard to Water-Smart Industrial Symbiosis.
ULTIMATE brings evidence-based impacts and benefits of WSIS to life for decision makers and influencers.