ULTIMATE: indUstry water-utiLiTy symbIosis for a sMarter wATer society

ULTIMATE is a Horizon2020 funded project that supports the transition from a linear to a Circular Economy model. The project focuses on Water-Smart Industrial Symbiosis (WSIS) and aims to create economic value and increased sustainability by introducing circular symbiotic arrangements between industry and water service providers. In ULTIMATE water and industrial sectors collaborate to deliver innovative resource-efficient, circular solutions, with special emphasis on cross synergies, transferability, and applicability of the WSIS concept. 


ULTIMATE systematically addresses technological, digital, socio-economic, governance and business systems interdependencies. To ensure successful transition to a water-smart industrial symbiosis, ULTIMATE develops, optimizes, and demonstrates water-energy-materials reuse approaches in 9 high profile WSIS cases (7 in the EU, 1 in the UK and 1 in Israel). More than 25 novel technologies for water reclamation and reuse (recovery, refining and reuse of wastewater from industries and municipalities), exploitation of energy and heat (extraction of energy, combined water-energy management, water enabled heat transfer, storage and recovery of heat), nutrient and material recovery/reuse (nutrient mining, extraction/reuse of high-added value exploitable compounds) are tested and demonstrated in real scale, within key industrial sectors (agro-food processing, beverage, heavy chemical/petrochemical and biotech industries).



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  Project Coordinator

  • KWR WATER B.V., The Netherlands

Project Partners

  • Fundacio Eurecat, Spain
  • KWB Kompententzzentrum Wasser Berlin Gemeinnutzige GMBH, Germany
  • Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
  • Water Europe, Belgium
  • The University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • National Technical University of Athens - NTUA, Greece
  • Crandfield University, United Kingdom
  • FCC Aqualia SA, Spain
  • SUEZ Smart Solutions, France
  • Strane Innovation, France
  • European Science Communication Institute (ESCI) GGMBH, Germany
  • The Galilee Society - The Arab National Society for Health Research & Services (RA), Israel
  • Mekorot Water Company Limited, Israel
  • Greener than Green Technologies AE, Greece
  • Aquabio Limited, United Kingdom
  • Aguas Industriales de Terragona, Spain
  • Consorzio Aretusa, Italy
  • Agrobics LTD, Israel
  • West Systems SRL, Italy
  • Alberta Anonimi Emporiki & Biomixaniki Eteria Ximon, Greece
  • SUEZ RR IWS Chemicals France, France
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU, Norway
  • Kalundborg Renseanlaeg A/S, Denmark
  • Novozymnes A/S, Denmark
  • X-FLOW BV, The Netherlands
  • CPTM, Italy