Industrial Water 4.0 – A Framework for Catchment-based Digitally Integrated Industrial Water Stewardship

Project AttributeProject Details
Project TitleIndustrial Water 4.0 – A Framework for Catchment-based Digitally Integrated Industrial Water Stewardship
EPA Project Code2019-W-LS-21
Lead OrganisationCentral Solutions Ltd
CoordinatorKen Stockil
EPA Research 2014 – 2020 Theme(s)Water: Theme 4: Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources
EPA Research Pillars
Project Start and End DatesStart: 02/01/2020
End (if applicable): 01/07/2022
Revised End Date (if applicable):
EPA Project TypeLarge Scale Project
EPA Award TypeSTRIVE – Project Based Awards
Current Project StatusGrant Awarded
Total Funding Amount651511.54
Project Abstract/DescriptionThe joint Irish-German research proposed herein focuses on developing capability in the Water 4.0 domain and in particular its application to the industrial water lifecycle at a catchment level. This emerging theme has been called Industrial Water 4.0 by groups such as ACHEMA. The research herein has three major aims: • The development of a framework for digitalization of industrial water management and stewardship itself • tight integration with digitalization of industrial production and • tie-in to digitalized municipal water management (supply & waste water treatment including water resource management at the catchment level The research This project proposal is a manifestation of the work in recent years of Irish organisations working under the auspices of the EPA Large Water Users CoP to-date and German research organisations DECHEMA international leaders in the field.It provides important baseline research for proposed Irish engagement in an already in development, H2020 Industrial Water 4.0 project proposal under CE-SC5-04-2019: Building a water-smart economy and society. The research proposed herein, forms an important and necessary foundation for that future H2020 project while establishing closer working relationships between the Irish and German partners in the interim The main project outputs include: – A Framework and Associated Guideline for Industrial Water 4.0 along with associated peer reviewed publication. For both, the framework and the guidance it is anticipated that they will in time prove to be a seminal reference point for future research and practice both in Ireland and across Europe and it will lay the foundation for proposed Irish and German involvement in proposed H2020 and FP9 projects. – Greater insight and understanding through the production of envisioning case examples of Industrial Water 4.0 and its impact on key industries in Ireland – Sample data models for key catchment and site based water processes to inform addressing the horizontal integration (with Irish Water and EPA) data sets as well as the incompany vertical integration challenges that pose a barrier to Industrial Water 4.0 adoption – Development and application of an associated true cost of water model for the industrial water lifecycle These outputs will be of significant interest to policy makers, industry, utilities and regulators alike and provide a tangible step towards further enhancing Ireland’s credentials in the Industray 4.0 and Water Stewardship domains internationally.
EPA Scientific OfficerLisaSheils

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