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Research & Development Request

Portuguese Research Center is looking for partners for PRIMA project within the topic water reuse and water desalination for agricultural and food production


This Portuguese research center is looking for partners that wish to participate in a consortium, for this H2020 call, based on the call for proposals for the PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area Programme), in the thematic area water management – topic : water reuse and water desalination for agricultural and food production. Different type of entities (SME, research centers, and universities) from the Mediterranean area should be involved in the proposal.

Creation Date : 22 February 2018

Last Update : 02 March 2018

Expiration Date :  11 March 2018

Reference : RDPT20180222001

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Details : Description

The reuse of wastewater is one of the main options available for water-supply decision-makers in the field of a sustainable water and soil management, of agro-food chain production and agriculture. However, in the Mediterranean, water reuse faces numerous barriers. Among them, regulatory, safety risks, economic including energy concerns and social acceptance can be currently defined as the main barriers. Safety risks (environment, human health) have been linked to the use of improperly treated wastewater, treatment costs particularly linked to the energy and public acceptance of reclaimed water varied according to its potential uses are also some of the aspects that must be taken into account.

In addition, in the Mediterranean area treated wastewaters usually have the drawback of their salinity levels, which might limit the mid, long-term crop productivity. As a consequence, energyefficient desalinization and other treatments, comprising technological and nature-based solutions, should be developed for treating both wastewater from municipal and industrial use.

The seawater desalinization is an important source of water resources in certain areas of the Mediterranean region. Issues regarding the disposal and treatment of brines after seawater or wastewater treatment should be considered to ensure a low impact of water treatment on the environment, or in the fishery practices. On the other hand, treated wastewater can be also a source of nutrients, particularly for crop production, which should be better valorized and wastewater treatment technologies able to selectively maintain important macro-nutrients should be promoted. Innovative technologies, including those based on bioengineering and advanced materials such as nano-materials, and techniques like nature and ecosystem-based approaches, may be developed to increase energy efficiency, reduce pollutants loads including

pathogens and emergent pollutants (i.e. pharmaceutical residues), in order to produce water of appropriate quality regarding the uses. For irrigation, appropriate practices and techniques should also be promoted to ensure good water reuse applications conditions at field level, to avoid clogging of drip irrigation systems and soil degradation. In addition, wastewater treatment techniques have to be developed not only for a direct reuse of water for agriculture, but also for an indirect use, considering hybrid approach including aquifer storage recovery. The recharge of reclaimed water into the subsoil can be considered as an additional treatment, reducing the cost and energy needs. Recharge into coastal aquifers may be considered as a hydraulic barrier against salt water intrusion. Finally, multidisciplinary studies should be enriched by analysing the

economic and environmental suitability of the current implementation of the system, taking also into account the agronomic and food processing validation needed for its implementation, as well as the public acceptance. Under this proposed multi-actor approach, different type of entities should be involved in the proposals; industrial entities (including SME) should play an important role, having a great potential for further replication and market uptake of the solutions developed. Innovative development of circular economy (i.e. zero waste concept, nutrients reuse) could also be proposed in the field of agro food chain production, considering the recycling of production water, in terms of quantity and quality. The deadline for EoI to this H2020 project directed to entities from the Mediterranean area is the 7th march 2018 and the call deadline is the 17th april. The project duration will be 36 months.

When expressing their interest potential partners should refer the relevant research

competences of their organization, the research ideas and potential contributions and track record and ongoing projects relevant in the proposal field.

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Contact Person : Hélène THEVENEAU BONNOIT (tél : +33 4 91 14 42 86)

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