Welcome to the next generation of managing our most important resource

NextGen evaluates and champions transformational circular economy solutions and systems around resource use in the water sector. We aim to challenge embedded thinking and practices by bringing financially sustainable innovations to life.

To achieve this, NextGen will deliver technological, business and governance solutions for water in ten high profile demonstration cases across Europe and three associate partners worldwide.

We aim to accelerate, transfer and upscale circular economy practices worldwide by sharing our collective experiences and insights in citizen and stakeholder engagement, business models and services. A market place and targeted development of spin off activities will commercialise effective solutions.

Solutions being explored and tested include:

Optimise water resources

Advanced treatment technologies and nature-inspired storage to optimise water resources

Nutrient mining & reuse

Ground breaking nutrient mining and reuse that create new products from waste streams

Positive energy generators

Managing and recovering energy more efficiently to turn treatment plants into positive energy generators

European financing

NextGen is an active and willing supporter of the EU Circular Economy Package and contributor to a future European Roadmap for Water in the Circular Economy.

The consortium has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 776541 as part of the circular economy call CIRC-02-2016-2017. It is financed by this framework from 1 July 2018 – 1 July 2022 (4 years) and coordinated by KWR. EU Grant: € 9.965.230 of total budget of € 11.389.106.

A complete outline of project conditions is hosted on the CORDIS website.