Replicating the Natural Rain Process to Provide a Sustainable Drinking Water Supply Where Most Needed
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 879961
Bottled water is the most popular solution to supply drinking water to areas where water is scarce or lacks sufficient quality. However, it is expensive, generates large amounts of plastic waste and results in multiple impacts associated to its production and transportation. Current alternatives to bottled water such as water filters and water tanks also face several limitations (need of a water source, insufficient water quality). AWGs generate drinking water by condensing ambient humidity, avoiding the generation of residues or transportation impacts. Nevertheless, available AWGs are expensive, have low efficiency and are poorly suited for their installation in residential or commercial premises. The global AWGs market is expected to grow at a booming 30% CAGR, reaching over €7 bn by 2025, creating a unique opportunity for the introduction of affordable, efficient and functional AWGs.
STRATUS is the next AWG series in GENAQ’s pipeline. Targeting residential, commercial and public premises, STRATUS models (with 20, 50 and 200l/day capacity) produce top quality drinking water, achieving 50% higher water production and 150% reduced energy consumption compared to available AWGs while offering a 1-year payback period and a user-friendly interface. Moreover, STRATUS contributes to maintain optimum ambient humidity and generates hot water without consuming additional energy.
STRATUS has reached TRL7 through the successful implementation of larger models for remote locations and emergency response purposes (NIMBUS and CUMULUS) and the development and testing of STRATUS prototypes. The last development steps will be achieved through STRATUS project by further developing, validating and bringing it into the market.
Call for proposal:
SME-2 – SME instrument Phase 2
Total cost: EUR 1,521,295
EU contribution: EUR 1,064,906.5
Coordinated in: Spain
Replicating the Natural Rain Process for a Sustainable Distributed Water Production:
More Water with Less Consumed Energy
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 808402
Our society is in front of numerous challenges, trying to meet world’s increasing water needs, as plastic waste from bottled water, massive water demand, pollution of superficial waters, scarcity, sanitation or climate change. The main existing drinking water solutions, intending to overcome the low quality/scarcity of superficial fresh water sources, are bottled water, desalination plants, water tanks or aquifers. However, they all present significant gaps, as they are unsustainable, polluting or they require high CAPEX/OPEX. On the other hand, atmospheric water generators have a reduced cost/l and although, they constitute a promising, though yet unknown solution for the domestic sector, they currently lack energy efficiency, manufacturing capacity and solid sales network. These gaps generate significant market opportunities in the drinking water industry (expected to reach €1.2 trillion by 2025) for our innovation. With GENAQ we aim to provide a drinking water generation solution wherever needed with zero environmental impact. Our AWGs are drinking water production units harvesting the humidity in the air to produce condensed drinking water of high purity anywhere in the world. We produce water with excellent properties, which fully complies with WHO standards/EU laws and is certified by EU health authorities. Our system decreases the use of plastic bottles, and achieves 50% more water production with 150% reduced energy consumption (0.19 kWh/l), compared to existing AWG solutions under the same conditions. Our AWGs can be autonomous, using sustainable power sources, resulting in almost zero OPEX. The successful commercialization of this project, based on the distributed production of water will reach a cumulative turnover of €135.6M by 2025. Based on our initial business plan, we estimate to sell over 17,000 units/year, create €21.61M cumulative profit, generate ROI of 3.68 and create in total 356 new jobs after five years of commercialization.
Call for proposal:
SME-1 – SME instrument Phase 1
Total cost: EUR 71 429
EU contribution: EUR 50 000
Coordinated in: Spain