Water4Crops - - Aim, Objectives, Principle & Approach

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The Aim

In an effort to reduce the amount of freshwater used in crop irrigation, by 2016 the project plans to have developed the following solutions:

  • Innovative biotechnological wastewater treatments for improved water reuse in agriculture.
  • Alternative combinations of bio-treatment, recycling of high value elements and bio-products, leading to better commercialisation of biotechnology and agricultural products in Europe and India as a basis for green growth.
  • Best practices for improving water use efficiency in agriculture through agronomics, plant breeding and locally adapted new irrigation technologies, and accurate crop water requirement measurement techniques.
  • Enhanced involvement among stakeholders (technology producers, technology users, retailers and regulators) for exploiting the outputs of the projects as means towards food and water security, and enabling mutual steps towards a green economy in Europe and India.

The Objectives

  • Develop bio-technological wastewater treatment to enhance wastewater reuse in agriculture.
  • Co-creation of combinations of bio-treatment, water recycling and high-value products, and combinations for bio-products.
  • Improve water use efficiency (for instance through improved agronomics, plant breeding and locally adapted new irrigation technologies, and accurate water requirement measurement techniques).
  • Enhanced stakeholder participation in co-creation: Mirror cases approach and INNOVA platforms.

The Principle

The project applies a modular multi-step approach that brings together wastewater treatment and reuse with its valorisation. The novelty of the approach mainly lies in the maximum recovery of chemicals and nutrients:

  1. Organic products originally occurring in wastewater are converted into valuable products through dedicated biotechnological processes (e.g. organic acids and bioplastics).
  2. After separation, a final treatment is applied to obtain high quality irrigation water containing fertilising matters such as nutrients commonly occurring in wastewater.

The Approach

  • Consortium approach and PPP’s.
  • Mirror case approach by twinning successful examples from Europe and India.
  • Innovative modular biotechnological processes.
  • Facilitate co-learning and evolutionary idea generation.
  • Co-creation of new products leading to new business opportunities.

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