To achieve a change in the culture of industrial water use, inspiring examples are urgently needed. These examples will need to achieve very ambitious goals that create a shift in perspective in industrial practice. These goals are:
- Zero liquid discharge;
means that liquid water is internally fully re-used and only dry matter waste streams from water source are discharged.
- Reduction of more than 75% freshwater intake;
by closing water loops internally the need for freshwater intake will reduce. Only losses through evaporation will have to be replenished.
- Maximum resource and energy efficiency water and wastewater treatment;
with minimal use of chemicals and consumables in water treatment, minimized use of energy and preferably using available waste heat sources. Enable cradle-to-cradle – facilitate uptake of controlled waste streams as resources in own business or other industries.
- Changing the perspective on wastewater treatment from end-of-pipe to key operation;
through cost-effective water treatment solutions. These will strengthen the competitive position of the business and make a major contribution to the financial result of the industry. This will be achieved by reducing the costs of water, as well as enabling optimization of water use in the core production processes itself.
- Scaleable solutions that fit in any industrial setting;
with orders of magnitude ranging from 0.5 to 5000 m3/hr or more. The solutions should be easy to integrate in existing plants as well as in greenfield facilities, should be robust in handling capacity fluctuations, and should have the smallest possible footprint.