AccelWater’s project main objective is to optimize freshwater water consumption in the food and beverage industry under a water-waste-energy nexus by introducing beyond state-of-the-art water reclaiming, reusing and Artificial Intelligence enabled monitoring and control technologies that will permit the use of reclaimed water in the manufacturing processes of food and beverages. On the same time, it will allow waste and energy reclamation, optimization and management, and consequently will result to environmental sustainability, cost savings and the development of added value products and value chains through material recovery.
AccelWater project’s framework will consist of 4 main pillars (Water, Waste, Energy, and Artificial Intelligence enabled Smart Monitoring and Control), and will focus on sectors of the food and beverage industry that have high water use and produce widely used products. AccelWater will work on brewery, dairy, tomato, pig meat processing, and fish industries across Europe. These industries represent some of the most active sectors of the food and beverage industry, while being some of the biggest consumers of freshwater in industrial areas.
Develop, integrate and demonstrate water reclaiming and reusing technologies
Develop, integrate and demonstrate waste valorization technologies
Develop, integrate and demonstrate energy recovery and reuse technologies
Develop, integrate and demonstrate modern ICT solutions for optimizing food and beverage production with focus on water and environmental sustainability
Establish the water-waste-energy nexus for circular economy and environmental assessment
Replicate this concept to as many other places as possible with additional funding for increasing the project’s impact
Train the current and next generation of the employees to the water-waste-energy nexus