NextGen has challenged embedded thinking and practices in the water sector by embracing circular economy principles and technological innovation.
That is one of the conclusions from the final event of the EU H2020-project nextGen – Circular Water Solutions that took place on 20-21 October in Athens. More than 60 project partners discussed circular water solutions’ results, experiences and success factors.
The Chief Heat Officer of the City of Athens opened the event and argued for more green infrastructures in dense urban environments to improve climate resilience, irrigated through circular water solutions – like sewer mining. Christos Makropoulus presented the Athens (GR) – NextGen Water sewer mining demo case. During the site visit to the Athens urban tree nursery, we saw the membrane bioreactor and composting unit in operation and the resulting beautiful irrigated garden.
Christophe Lasseur from the European Space Agency delivered an inspiring keynote on how 100% closed circles, and full circularity is needed in our human endeavour to go to outer space. Within NextGen, their advanced membrane system and photobioreactor technology was tested for water reuse and nutrient recovery applications.
Results from the NextGen work packages
NextGen has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 776541.