Saturday, 11th July 2020

NextGen: Next generation of managing our most important resource

NextGen is a collective water research and innovation initiative from Circular Economy pioneers with diverse areas of expertise, which aims to evaluate and champion circular economy solutions and systems in the water sector.
NextGen is setting out to challenge embedded thinking and practices in the water sector. By embracing ‘circular economy’ principles and technological innovation to preserve natural capital, optimise resources and improve system efficiency, NextGen aims to boost sustainability and bring new market dynamics throughout the water cycle.
Amongst an array of solutions proposed, advance treatment technologies and nature-inspired storage solutions will optimise water resources; managing and recovering energy more efficiently will turn treatment plants into positive energy generators; and ground breaking nutrient mining and reuse will create new products from waste streams.
Tangible, high-performance innovation, business models and governance conditions to mainstream these solutions are at the heart of NextGen, with 10 large-scale demonstrations in eight different EU countries. Six sites will demonstrate a completely new approach to water supply infrastructures and solutions in urban or rural areas. These full-scale deployments will build capacity, experience and financial models in a further four sites – plus inspire others around Europe and worldwide. Associate partners in the project include organisations from Korea, India and China.
A wide mix of skills and actors will help realise this vision and the project comprises a strong partnership of water companies, industry, specialised SMEs, applied research institutes, technology platforms, city and regional authorities.
NextGen will officially launch in July 2018
The consortium has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 776541.