Increasing projects’ sustainability
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Over 2,000 million people in the world live without access to a basic drinking water service, and 3,6 billionhave no access to a basic sanitation service, resulting in avoidable deaths, chronic disease, fewer hours of education and low productivity.
ACCIONA has positioned itself as a key player in the water treatment sector. Its innovative management seeks to resolve the challenges with respect to the shortage of water resources.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The generation and use of energy accounts for 35 % of total greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This activity is the largest contributor to global warming. Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low-carbon technologies will continue to be essential to meet the emerging needs of humanity and to minimize their negative impact on the environment.
ACCIONA considers the fight against climate change and its effects to be a strategic priority. The company works to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in order to contribute to the progress of society and respond to the main challenges of sustainable development in the areas of infrastructure, water and energy, leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The ultimate goal is to optimize the operation of WWTPs with modern multivariable advanced control techniques that will change the reactive operation paradigm, common in most WWTPs, in a proactive approach that will provide treatment facilities with efficiency and long-term stability.
HADES will integrate internal and external plant data, expert knowledge, and real-time calibrated models in a digital twin solution, that is, a virtual replica of the WWTP processes. As a result, HADES will help to optimize the treatment processes to prevent future undesired events such as deflocculation, formation of biofoams, filamentous swelling, etc., guaranteeing a significant reduction in the energy used, an improvement in the quality of the effluents and/or a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It will also make it possible to carry out detailed monitoring of the treatment processes, including a virtual sensor functionality to ascertain operational parameters difficult to be monitored online in a conventional WWTP.
ACCIONA, project coordinator, counts with the support of LEQUIA-UdG as a strategic partner. LEQUIA is a research group from the University of Girona with extensive experience in the development of modeling tools and decision support systems for the water sector.
This publication is part of the HADES project (Code: CPP2021-009097), funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by the European Union-NextGenerationEU/PRTR
With the support of the Industrial Doctorate Plan of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalonia