Tecoagua project: sustainable technologies for integrated water cycle management

A few months ago, Abengoa completed the CENIT TecoAgua research project entitled “Sustainable Technologies for Integrated Water Cycle Management”, which was carried out in collaboration with other research centers and companies. The main objective of the four-year project, which had total funding of €18 million, was to develop sustainable technologies for generating alternative water resources. It involved advanced technologies for the recovery of polluted natural resources, the regeneration and reuse of wastewater, as well as new desalination processes, among others. The research also focused on conserving existing resources and optimizing water management in terms of energy efficiency, as well as mitigating climate change.

Water is essential for life and every person on the planet has a right to it. Nonetheless, almost a third of the world’s population lives in countries where there is moderate to high water scarcity. Almost 20% of the population does not have access to a secure source of drinking water supply.
According to the latest figures available, only 3% of the water on the planet is freshwater, and a large part of that water makes up the polar icecaps. Therefore, we are faced with the problem of a resource that is not easily accessible or comes from the sea, making it unfit for human consumption. Additonally, humans have historically discharged part of the waste from their activities into waterways and coastal waters, thereby causing significant alterations to the composition of these waters
Arturo Buenaventura, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development.

Article published in: FuturENVIRO November 2013