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The EUREKA Cluster ACQUEAU is an ‘Industry and Business led water network’. The ultimate aim is to facilitate the generation of market driven, pan-European collaborative water research and technological development RTD projects for the benefit of the European Water Industry.
Through the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) employing the principle of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), a ‘water vision’ for Europe has been identified by using knowledge from stakeholders, innovators, researchers, etc, involved in the water industry. This vision, supported by a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) outlines the future scenario for the water industry. By employing the SRA the water cycle has been further examined and a ‘technology roadmap’ has been produced which ‘leads the way’ so that all players ‘flow’ in the right direction.
In order to facilitate the innovation of products, processes and systems needed on this roadmap the ACQUEAU Cluster will initiate R&TD calls on a regular basis identifying key ‘technology needs’. Successful projects resulting from these ACQUEAU R&TD Project calls will strengthen the technological base of the European Water industry. This in time will enable the sector to become more efficient and effective in serving the citizens of Europe and more competitive in the global markets for water services and related technologies.