Towards Sustainable Treatment and Reuse of Wastewater in the Mediterranean Region

Reclaimed municipal wastewater is considered as a valuable non-conventional water resource (NCWR). Unfortunately, a substantial number of wastewater treatment plants installed in the Mediterranean region have proven unsuccessful copies of western-based treatment system concepts. Besides their high operational and maintenance costs, these systems are often unsuited to address the local challenges of wastewater treatment. As a result, treated municipal water is commonly underexploited throughout the region. To address these challenges, AQUACYCLE is set to bring an eco-innovative wastewater treatment technology that will consist of anaerobic digestion, constructed wetlands and solar treatment for the cost-effective treatment of urban wastewater with minimal costs of operation and maximum environmental benefits.

Impact sector: Waste and pollution, Water management

Outcome target group: ·Farmers’ and irrigation associations, tree nurseries, agricultural extensions services, water utilities, municipal authorities and representatives from civil society ·Ministries responsible for planning, environment, water, agriculture and energy, national research centres, universities and private consultancy firms · Regional and international water associations leveraged to bring the derived benefits to the attention of policy-makers and scientists around the Mediterranean region and beyond

Implemented best practices (BPiMED): Clustering and Networking, Living Labs

Rating: 3.71

Budget: $2,838,680.00
Funded: $2,554,812.00
Project coordinator:
Organization: Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas ( CERTH )
Address: 6th km Charilaou-Thermi Road Thessalonki GR-57001 Greece
Contact Name: Anastasios Karabelas
Phone: (+30)2310498476
KPI Value 
Commercialization Potential: 3.8
Intellectual Property rights protection and utilization: 3
Entrepreneurial and cultural activities: 3.75
Magnitude of Cooperation: 4
Technological Advancement: 4
Metric Value   Reference
M1 How many industries were involved at the ideation stage of the project? 112 (135)
M2 How many business ideas were developed from the project outcomes? 265 (200)
M3 How many SMEs (foreign) invested in the project? (in Euros) 4416009 (5000000)
M4 How many intellectual property rights does the project have in relation to WEF? 137 (100)
M5 How many commercialization or market studies were conducted as part of the project requirements? 7 (10)
M6 How many patents were filed in relation to WEF? 16 (25)
M7 How many new intellectual property brokering services were delivered? 65 (100)
M8 How many entrepreneurial ideas were identified in the scouting stage and supported in relation to WEF? 135 (200)
M9 How many industries and SME researchers were trained to initiate or create enterprises? 158 (135)
M10 How many business development organizations were receiving support for coaching and acceleration programs on WEF? 9 (10)
M11 How many PPP ventures or agreements resulted from the project activities? 40 (30)
M12 How many enterprises were cooperating with research institutions? 16 (13)
M13 How many SMEs were using program support for cooperating with Research Institutions on WEF? 51 (40)
M14 How many SMEs were using program support for cooperation in education, R&D and innovation on WEF? 45 (50)
M15 How many enterprises were involved per project with varied expertise in WEF? 99 (120)
M16 How many public or private stakeholders were engaged in joint pilots or training events? 344 (300)
M17 How many public institutions were cooperating towards strengthened multi-level governance for delivering integrated resource planning and measures? 26 (25)
M18 How many Prototypes were developed or planned in relation to resource efficiency or demand management in WEF? 40 (30)
M19 How many technology transfer support activities or initiatives were there? 92 (100)
M20 How many pilots or application of new technology in living labs were there? 9 (9)
M21 How many SMEs with technology innovation were introduced into the organization? 73 (50)
M22 How many replicable technologies for resource efficient use and use of non-conventional resources were developed? 13 (9)