About Waterwatt

About the project

Waterwatt teamThe Project WaterWatt "Improvement of energy efficiency in industrial water circuits using gamification for online self-assessment, benchmarking and economic decision support", which has been started at 1st of April 2016, has the main objective of increasing energy efficiency in industrial water circuits.

The improvement of energy efficiency across European industry is crucial for competitiveness. So far, the measures for improvement of energy efficiency have been directed at primary production processes. In this project, we will address the improvement of energy efficiency in industrial water circuits: auxiliary electric motor driven systems with high optimisation potential. The European manufacturing industry consumes about 37,000 million m3/y freshwater recycling it up to 10 times with the specific electrical energy consumption >0.2 kWh/m3. By the according energy consumption of 74,000 GWh/year the potential 10 % savings amount to 7,400 GWh/year. Currently, there is neither a benchmark on the energy consumption in industrial water circuits, nor tools for its systematic reduction, nor awareness of the saving potential. The WaterWatt project aims to remove market barriers for energy efficient solutions, in particular the lack of expertise and information on energy management and saving potential in industrial water circuits. The aims will be achieved through:

  1. case studies in relevant industries;
  2. development of improvement measures for energy efficiency in industrial water circuits;
  3. market studies;
  4. capacity building activities;
  5. dissemination in workshops and by e-learning.

An Energy Efficiency Evaluation Platform (E3 Platform) will be developed to disseminate knowledge/know-how on energy efficiency improvements using gaming approach. The tools of E3 Platform will be used by SMEs and large industrial producers for self-assessment and improvement of the energy efficiency in their circuits.

The project is coordinated by DECHEMA, Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, in a consortium of six partners from Germany, Portugal, Norway, Italy and the UK. The WaterWatt project is funded by the European program to support Research and Development - Horizon 2020, having a budget of 1.8 million euros, and a duration of 36 months