The NEW consortium has received the money to develop the sector in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe
The Netherlands Enabling Water Technology (NEW) consortium consisting of Wetsus, the University of Groningen, Deltares and the NOM will receive 8 million euros from Dutch national government to better bring knowledge from water technology research to the market and society, in order to accelerate the transition to a circular, sustainable and climate neutral economy. As reported by the University of Groningen (RUG).
The consortium will work to stimulate start-ups and initiatives in the field of water technology. From waste water treatment, to water and raw materials reuse, production and storage of energy from water and smarter management of the overall water system will be researched.
Water is a finite source, and without clean and safe water human society will fail. Water also plays a major role in various sectors, such as agriculture and horticulture, food, health, energy and chemistry. Due to climate change, pollution, waste, a sharp increase in the use and depletion of finite resources, there is already an acute water shortage in many parts of the world.
Many economic sectors will therefore have to undergo a transition to circular and climate-neutral production in the coming decades, whereby clean water supplies are not depleted or polluted.
This requires water technological innovations that can be deployed on a large scale and at an acceptable cost, hence the push for more research.