PROJECTE Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities (demEAUmed)


European Union FP7-ENV-2013-Water-Inno-Demo (619116)




LEITAT (Technological Center), Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain


Gianluigi Buttiglieri




demEAUmed (Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities) is a European project co-funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Program within ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO-1 with a budget of 5.8 M€ over 42 months, and started officially on January 1st, 2014.

The demEAUmed consortium is led by LEITAT, scientifically coordinated by ICRA (Dr. Gianluigi Buttiglieri) and is composed of 15 members from different fields - business, research, technology, hotel communities and public agencies and organizations - from seven European countries: Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Italy, France and Belgium.

The aim of demEAUmed project is the involvement of industry representatives, stakeholders, policy-makers and diverse technical and scientific experts in demonstrating and promoting innovative technologies, for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Euro-Mediterranean tourist facilities, leading to their eventual market uptake.

demEAUmed will face two key challenges: the importance of the tourism economy and water scarcity characteristic of the area. It will be a critical platform for promoting the use of sustainable and innovative technologies in other Euro-Mediterranean tourist facilities in light of also the global tourism market. The project will design a dissemination plan analysing critical stakeholders/customers to adequately transfer demEAUmed results. Creation of new market opportunities to European industry and SMEs will also be addressed.

A representative resort placed in Catalonia, Spain (Hotel Samba, Lloret de Mar), is considered as a DEMO site, where a representative part of all inlet and outlet waters will be characterised, treated with proper innovative technologies, and reused to reduce the carbon footprint of water management in an integrated approach at demonstration level.
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