ENERGY SELF-SUSTAINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT REDUCTION ON WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS VIA FUEL CELLS (BIOCELL)
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http://www.cetaqua.com
CETaqua integrates, manages and executes research projects aimed at proposing innovative solutions to companies, society and the administrations to solve environmental and technological problems linked to management of the complete water cycle. The founding partners of CETaqua are: Aguas de Barcelona (AGBAR), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

The main objective of CETaqua is to contribute to research and development of technologies related to the complete water cycle, promoting synergies between companies, research centres and universities.

Additional efforts are directed to provide research and development support and experience to the public and private sector; to strengthening cooperation to improve the development activity in RTD in time, cost and quality, by cooperation with other partners; and increasing the collaboration with third organizations related to the water businesses, including the private and the public sector. The main areas of activities of the centre are the alternative water resources, as desalination and reuse; crisis management (floods and droughts) and global change; advanced water treatments; sludge management and odour control; operational cost management; and implementation efforts on the compliance of the water framework directive development.
Aguas de Murcia
http://www.emuasa.es
The Murcia Municipal Authorities in 1989 looked for a partner which was solvent, professional and technological to manage the local public services covering supply, sanitation and purification.

That is how, Aguas de Murcia was born: a mixed service company, the Ayuntamiento of Murcia holds a 51% share, with the remaining 49% being held by Aquagest Región de Murcia, the technological partner, a company belonging to the Agbar Group.

AGUAS DE MURCIA manages the whole water cycle for the Murcia municipality. It thus serves more than 439.000 citizens spread over the city itself together with the surrounding market gardening area and villages covering more than 890 square kilometres.

Mission and objectives of AGUAS DE MURCIA:

To be a benchmark for the industry in conditions of water scarcity.
To promote innovation inside the company.
To provide products, services and works in a sustainable, affordable and reliable way.
To be a company with a highly motivated workforce.
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
http://www.suez-environnement.com/
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge to protect resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 76 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 44 million people and collects the waste produced by 60 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 65,400 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world’s leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. In 2008, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35% GDF SUEZ affiliate, achieved sales turnover of 12.4 billion euros.

The CIRSEE, International Research Centre on Water and the Environment, is SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT main research and expert centre, plays a key role in the coordination of a vast technical and scientific group network.
Degrémont
http://www.degremont.com
Subsidiary of Suez, connected with the branch Suez Environment, Degrémont is the world specialist of water treatment plants. Degrémont conceives, builds plants, starts them, runs them, and sells drinking water, desalination, waste water treatment, sludge treatment equipment.

Degrémont employs approximately 4000 co-workers throughout the world, counts 10000 plants and includes 20 subsidiaries half of which in Europe. To preserve its four domains of expertise, Degrémont leans on its RD, to which it dedicates 2 % of the turnover.
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Agencia Catalana de l’Aigua
http://mediambient.gencat.net
The Agencia Catalana de l’Aigua (ACA) is a public organisation attached to the Ministry of the Environment and Housing of the Government of Catalonia, with full authority over the water cycle in the inland basins of Catalonia.

With respect to the inland basins of Catalonia, the Catalan Water Agency has the following authority: to draw up and revise hydrological plans and projects and undertake their monitoring, to grant, administer and control hydro installations, to control the qualitative aspects of water and public water resources in general, to grant authorizations and concessions.

With respect to intercommunity basins, the Catalan Water Agency has the following authority: administration and control of hydro installations, policing of public water resources, undertaking of proceedings in regard to this resource, except entering into water agreements.

The Agency manages and plans the complete water cycle through an integrating vision for aquatic systems that keeps the balance of all ecosystems in mind. Water is undoubtedly a basic structural and functional element for both the environment and life itself. Its management must be compatible with the growing demands for stability, universal access and immediacy from the citizens of an advanced society, guaranteeing quality and good service.

The basic principle governing the policies and management of the water in Catalonia, according to the Water Framework Directive, is that of sustainability, defined by 4 important pillars: environmental, guaranteed, economic and social sustainability.
Metropolitan Water Services and Waste Treatment Authority
http://www.ema-amb.com
The Metropolitan Water Services and Waste Treatment Authority (EMSHTR), commonly known as the Barcelona Metropolitan Area Environmental Authority (EMA), is a local authority created under Catalan Law 7/1987 of 4 April. Law 7/1987, which set up the Environmental Authority, endows it with competencies in respect of hydraulic works and drinking water supply, sanitation and sewage systems, treatment and re-use of municipal waste, and co-ordination of the corresponding municipal.

Its territorial area includes 33 municipalities in the Barcelona Metropolitan area, covering 560 km2. Its population is 3,126,294 with an average density of 5,583 inhabitants/km²

The application of principles of sustainability to waste management and to water treatment is one of this priorities. This is why it seeks to ensure that the management of waste and water from the 33 metropolitan municipalities will foster its reuse.

Catalonia is the Spanish region where most of the industrial activity of the country is concentrated as well as economic and social dynamism which implies that different environmental problems are identified. Therefore, the solutions to adopt are complex and require a high investing effort and suitable management.
ESAMUR - Regional Entity for Drainage and Wastewater treatment in Murcia
http://www.esamur.com/

The Entidad Regional de Saneamiento y Depuración de Aguas Residuales (ESAMUR) is a Regional Public company created under Law 3/2000 of 12th July and assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture and Water of the Autonomous Region of Murcia. The Entity started its activities on July the 1st 2002.

By means of agreements signed with the different Town halls of the Region, which are the owners of the infrastructures, the Entity assumes the management and the control of the existing and future facilities. ESAMUR has the task to collect and manage the Canon of Drainage and Wastewater Treatment. This tax is applied to the exploitation, maintenance and control of the public facilities for drainage and wastewater treatment.

Consell Comarcal del Maresme
http://www.ccmaresme.es/

The Consell Comarcal del Maresme (CCM) is the local administration and government organ in El Maresme, a region located along the Catalan Mediterranean coast and around 30 km north-west from Barcelona. It is responsible for different local and regional issues in the fields of Education, Culture, Environment, Immigration, Social Welfare, Regional Youth Services, Economic Development and Public Health.

CCM manages the operation and maintenance of nine wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the region (Teià, Mataró, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Arenys de Mar, Sant Pol de Mar, Òrrius, Sant Genís, Pineda de Mar and Tordera), 39 pumping stations and 90 km of sewer network. In addition, the CCM is responsible for granting the connection permits to the sanitary sewer system and evaluating the degree of saturation of the network. Since 1998, CCM provides sanitation services through SIMMAR SL (Serveis Integrals de Manteniment del Maresme).

 

AQUALOGY
http://www.aqualogy.es/

Water is an essential resource. The increase in population, concentrated mostly in urban areas, means it must be managed efficiently.

The application of intelligent solutions is now a necessity. Aqualogy, Agbar's Solutions and Technologies brand, meets this challenge. Aqualogy offers development that improves water management efficiency and optimises the use of natural resources.

Aqualogy is an extensive catalogue of innovative, flexible and comprehensive solutions that are easily adapted to any socioeconomic context and customer. Aqualogy is intelligent water management. It is the answer to any technological need related to water.

AQUAGEST MEDIO AMBIENTE
http://www.searsa.es/

Aquagest Medio Ambiente, S.A. is a service company within Agbar group. The main field of its activities is the operation and maintenance of pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). In addition, Aquagest Medio Ambiente offers drafting of technical projects, construction of new facilities, redesign and extension of existing WWTPs and construction and operation of composting plants and tertiary treatment plants for wastewater reclamation. More recently, it has included in its portfolio waste management activities for other companies.