H2020 (CIRC-02-2016-2017)
Grant agreement no. 776643
Demonstration of water loops with innovative regenerative business models for the Mediterranean region

In General

HYDROUSA will provide innovative, regenerative and circular solutions for

  1. nature-based water management of Mediterranean coastal areas, closing water loops
  2. nutrient management, boosting the agricultural and energy profile
  3. local economies, based on circular value chains

The services provided lead to a win-win-win situation for the economy, environment and community within the water-energy-food-employment nexus. HYDROUSA water loops will include water from non-conventional sources including wastewater, rainwater, seawater, groundwater and vapour water, all resulting in recovered and marketable products.

More Information

HYDROUSA will demonstrate at large scale the feasibility and sustainability of innovative, low-cost water treatment technologies to recover freshwater, nutrients and energy from wastewater, salt and freshwater from seawater, and freshwater from atmospheric water vapour. Water conservation solutions including aquifer storage and sustainable agricultural practices including fertigation will be applied. The solutions will be demonstrated on 3 major touristic islands in Greece. Detailed technical and financial deployment plans will be established for replication in additional 25 locations worldwide. Through the on-site water loops of HYDROUSA, complex supply chains for resource recovery are not required, as producers are directly involved as consumers of derived products. HYDROUSA will combine traditional skilled workmanship with modern ICT integration in beautiful and smart automation systems. HYDROUSA will revolutionise water value chains in Mediterranean areas and beyond, from water abstraction to sewage treatment and reuse. The proposed HYDROUSA solutions show massive potential to change the way humans interact with water, food and energy.

AGENSO Contribution

AGENSO is WP5 leader (“Monitoring of the demonstration sites and ICT integration”) and responsible for the development of an online monitoring and controlling platform for HYDROUSA water loops; for developing an automated system for optimizing irrigation at agricultural sites, and for developing a serious game for disseminating the project results.


Water treatment
Supplying fresh water from non-conventional water sources
Circular Economy
Circular nature-based technologies work for wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery
Water monitoring
Real-time online monitoring and control of water loops using open source based systems
Nutrient management
Nutrient management, boosting the agricultural and energy profile

Project Funding

  • Starting date : 01/07/2018
  • Duration : 54 Months
  • Status : Running
  • AGENSO participation type: Direct Beneficiary
Estimated Cost: €12,015,448.75 100%
EU Contribution: €9,958,706.88 83%
AGENSO grant amount: €360,237.50 3%
  • This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 776643
Innovative solutions
Replication actions

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