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Sustainable and efficient industrial water consumption: through energy and solute recovery (Processes4Planet partnership)
|Funding Program||Horzion Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 1: Climate Neutral, Circular and Digitised Production|
|Call budget||€ 30,000,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||between € 10,000,000.00 and € 12,000,000.00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
Projects outcomes will enable achieving the objectives of Processes4Planet partnership by designing industrial processes for the maximum resource (water) efficiency and developing new process to ensure full valorisation of process industries wastewater, recycled water, energy, and solute recovery (P4Planet operational objectives 5 and 7).
Wastewater discharge from industry has decreased over decades. This is a consequence of increased regulation (e.g., Industrial Emissions Directive, IED; the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, E-PRTR), improvements in treatment and the implementation of best available techniques. Amongst process industries, pulp and paper, steel and chemicals have high wastewater discharges. The Processes4Planet target is to demonstrate the potential for 90% of wastewater reuse by 2030. A breakthrough in wastewater reduction could be envisaged, by combining existing technologies and novel water treatment technologies and reuse with process intensification, energy recovery and excess heat use e.g., integrated processes with separation systems will reduce water and energy consumption and the amount of final industrial wastewater produced. In addition, industrial waste waters often contain signiﬁcant amounts of valuable solutes (e.g., organic matter, salts, phosphates, etc.) which are not optimally valorised.
The proposals should:
The proposals should include energy efficiency, techno-economic and life-cycle assessments considering the overall process. In order to maximize impact, technologies in the proposals should not be focused on one sector, but the proposed solution should be applicable in different types of industries; elements related to the replicability and scalability of the technology should be provided. Proposals are encouraged to consider outcomes from the Horizon 2020 topic CE-SPIRE-07-2020: Preserving fresh water: recycling industrial waters industry.
In addition, the topic could explore synergies with the Ocean and Waters and the Soil missions.
Proposals should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes and platforms. Proposals are encouraged to consider the use of their expected outcomes in a wider approach that might benefit the establishment of Hubs for Circularity.
International cooperation can be considered specially with countries advanced in the field that could bring mutual benefit from different perspectives.
This topic implements the co-programmed European partnership Processes4Planet.
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
|eligible entities||EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)|
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
|other eligibility criteria|
Activities are expected to start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 6 by the end of the project.
For the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), the following definitions apply:
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management,
Circular Economy, Natural Resources,
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship,
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT
|Relevance for EU Macro-Region||EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)|
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 1 (661kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |
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