The European Commission granted to ICRA for research projects 630,000 euros to determine the significance of water scarcity in aquatic ecosystems, 422,000 euros for the promotion of innovative technologies in a closed loop optimal and safe water in tourist facilities, and 273,000 euros for the conversion of the treatment plants in reclaimed water production systems, energy and direct market value .

The first project involving the ICRA funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, has been Globaqua, a work with a total budget of nearly 6 million euros, of which ICRA will manage 630,000 euros, with Sergi Sabater, head of the Resources and Ecosystems Research Area of ICRA and Research Professor University of Girona Associated. ICRA Research will allow to identify and manage the effects of stress, caused by a shortage of water, aquatic ecosystems, such as organic and inorganic pollution , geomorphological changes , changes in land use, water extraction and the existence of invasive species and pathogens.

Second project is demEAUmed for the implementation and promotion of innovative technologies for closed-loop optimal and safe water in Mediterranean euro tourist facilities. The ICRA has received 422,000 euros to take the scientific management of the project by researcher Ignasi Rodríguez- Roda, head of the Technologies and Evaluation Research Area of ICRA and Research Professor University of Girona Associated. The project demEAUmed faces two fundamental challenges : the importance of the tourism economy and the scarcity of water, characteristic features of the area. The project will provide a key platform to promote the use of sustainable technologies and innovative tourist facilities around the Mediterranean also under the global tourism market . The Hotel Samba (Lloret de Mar) will be the representative DEMO site.

The third research work in which the ICRA participates, under the direction of the researcher of the Technologies and Evaluation Research Area of ICRA, Lluís Corominas, Postdoc Researcher Juan de la Cierva and which receive a total of 273,000 euros from the European Commission is R3 -Water . The project aims to demonstrate , at the international level as European companies innovative treatment plants can convert current production of reclaimed water systems , energy and direct market value . The demonstrations will take place in Sweden , Belgium and Spain with different technologies which will minimize energy consumption by implementing monitoring, control and more efficient aeration systems , increase the production of biogas ; maximize production of reclaimed water for a further reuse , minimize emissions of organic matter , nutrients and priority pollutants and convert the sludge produced in the process into a valuable product .

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