Horizon 2020



Bio-mimetic And Phyto-technologies Designed For Low-cost Purfication And Recycling Of Water

Website: india-h2o.eu


INDIA-H20 will develop, design and demonstrate high-recovery, low-cost water treatment systems for saline groundwater and industrial wastewaters. The focus for developments will be in the arid state of Gujarat, where surface water resources are very scarce. We will develop novel batch-reverse osmosis technology for a 10-fold reduction in specific energy consumption with high fractions of water recovery (80%) reducing /m3 operating costs to below €0.35/m3 (<30 rupees/m3). Forward osmosis will be developed and piloted for use in wastewater recovery applications including hybrid arrangements with reverse osmosis for further reduction in energy consumption. These solutions will be demonstrated in small-scale rurally relevant low-cost systems for brackish groundwater treatment for use as safe drinking water, which will be extended to include phyto-technology solutions for rural domestic wastewater treatment. Systems will remove salinity and emerging pollutants (e.g. agricultural chemicals), valorise rejected brines in halophytic crop cultivation.

For specific industrial wastewater in textile, desalination and dairy we will develop and demonstrate cost-effective high-efficiency hybrid technologies for water recycling with minimum liquid discharge, using advanced membrane technologies to achieve the required water quality for recycling. A centre of excellence will be established in water treatment membrane technologies, design operation and monitoring.

Activities such as supply chain mapping and EU India collaboration on developing industrial scale forward osmosis membranes and batch-RO systems will support the development of business models to exploit the developed solutions to mutual EU/India economic advantage. We will analyse and produce policy briefs on economic models and governance arrangements for viable adoption of the developed systems.

Project Budget: 2,551,348€

Leitat Budget: 433,712.50€

Financial Framework: HORIZON 2020

Contract number: 820906 

Start Date: 01/02/2019

End Date: 31/07/2024


Main role & contribution in the project:

  • Leitat will be providing its expertise in environmental assessment of innovative technologies and systems and its expertise in the field of sustainable water management.

  • Leitat will assist the evaluation of draw solution configuration (KPIs) useful for proper upscaling in dairy industry actions.

  • Leitat willestablish channels of cooperation with Indian partners with the propose of ensuring a correct orientation of research, maximizing the corresponding impact due to the accomplished technology transfer to the Indian scenario. 

  • Leitat will provide its expertise in socio-economical assessment of innovative technologies and systems and its expertise in the field of sustainable water management.

  • Advising on relevant stakeholders, publication of results from the project and input to news articles over the duration of the project. 

  • Contributing to the regular consortium meetings and reporting activities of the project.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820906. This project has been co-funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.