Horizon 2020 in action: Converting sewage treatment plants into power production facilities

On 29 May, the European Commission published the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

The new assessment of the first years of Horizon 2020 indicates that it is on track to help create jobs and growth, tackle our biggest societal challenges and improve people's lives. 

The findings also show that the programme has been so successful in attracting the best researchers and innovators that it could have spent four times its budget in support of excellent projects.

The European Commission’s press release and fact sheet on the evaluation highlight some H2020-funded projects that are already making a difference to the economy and to people's lives.

POWERSTEP is referred to among these as an example of a H2020 project that is helping Europe to be greener and to achieve the targets of the Paris agreement on climate:

The objective of the POWERSTEP project is to convert sewage treatment plants into power production facilities. For this, the partners will design and demonstrate energy positive wastewater treatment plants with available technologies in six full-scale case studies located in four European countries. The estimated benefits are energy savings: EUR 1.7 billion per year; CO2 – equivalent emission savings: 5.9 million tons; and global market value: EUR 30 billion per year.

 

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