KWR and ISPT are research partners
New boost for collaboration with industry
The signing of a partnership agreement between KWR and ISPT opens new opportunities to carry out research projects jointly with industrial partners. A first concrete example is already in place: EuRydiCe, an initiative to valorise components from process-water streams.
“Over the past few years, within the Industry & Water research programme, we have already carried out numerous projects in collaboration with industry,” says KWR researcher Frank Oesterholt. “The partnership with ISPT nicely complements this work.” Within ISPT’s Water Processing Innovation Cluster, KWR will contribute substantively in the area of “valuables”, that is, the reuse of materials recovered from industrial water.
Applying knowledge to practice
The objective of ISPT, the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, is the promotion of partnerships between industry, universities and knowledge institutes, with a view to the practical application of new technologies. “The process industry is increasingly focused on the good and sustainable management of water,” explains Menno Plantenga, Director of ISPT’s Water Processing Innovation Cluster. “The growing scarcity of clean water is the reason – a motivation that is reinforced by the quest to switch to a bio-based economy. KWR helps us with knowledge about the role of water in the closing of loops, and to relate it to the needs of the process industry.”
Energy and water
The work of ISPT and KWR contributes to realising policies for several of the top sectors designated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Both organisations are involved in the top-sector related Top consortia Knowledge and Innovation (TKI) scheme. Within the Energy Top Sector, ISPT is the gateway for TKI Energy Saving in Industry; while in the Water Top Sector, KWR plays a key role within TKI Water Technology.
“KWR helps us with knowledge about the role of water in the closing of loops”
The new partnership has quickly led to an interesting cross-pollination: EuRydiCe (Energy efficient valorization of Components from process streams). “We’ll be working on the interface between energy and water with this project,” explains Oesterholt. “The main interest here is the energy-efficient recovery and reuse of valuable components from industrial water. These could be, for example, raw materials or product residuals which are normally degraded during the treatment or discharged. The research will also study the removal and recovery of salt from process water streams and the closing of the water loop.” For industry, EuRydiCe should produce significant energy savings, decreased CO2 emissions and greater efficiency in the use of both materials and products.
Knowing what’s going on
KWR is not the only knowledge partner within EuRydiCe: VITO and ECN are also taking part. But for Plantenga KWR’s water knowledge is unique: “I know of no other Dutch institute that is so good at building bridges between business and the public sector, whether the subject is the need for clean water, water treatment or process water. Thanks to KWR’s background in the water sector, it knows exactly what’s going on.”
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Manager Industry, Wastewater & Reuse and Senior scientific researcher