The UK water regulator Ofwat has awarded £3.5M to Anglian Water and partners, including Brunel University, London, as part of a £36M investment in water innovation. In the Water Breakthrough Challenge, the team came up with an innovative Triple Carbon Reduction solution.
The Triple Carbon Reduction solution helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and electricity consumption in the treatment of used water. It will also produce Green hydrogen, a renewable energy source to electrolyze hydrogen from water. By 2030, this triple carbon reduction strategy will help the world reach net carbon neutrality.
Taking part in the Water Breakthrough Challenge helped Ofwat achieve its goal of developing a collaborative, innovative water sector capable of meeting the long-term needs of customers and society. As a result of the Challenge, money is made available for projects that water companies might not otherwise fund or explore.
Water and Environmental Engineering Professor Evina Katsou at Brunel University said, “The Triple Carbon Reduction project has the real potential to lead a unique revolution in the water industry towards a net-zero target by 2030.
To eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy use, and recover resources in wastewater treatment, a new generation of wastewater treatment plants utilizes AI data-driven analytics to monitor and reduce negative environmental impacts and customer costs.
“Funding for this project will greatly support the delivery of our own net zero routemap and the water sector’s drive to net zero by 2030, filling a significant missing piece in the challenge,” said Adam Brookes, Anglian Water‘s Manager of Innovation Discovery.
The project has partnered with academic institutions, businesses, and other water providers to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with wastewater treatment in alignment with the UK government’s recently announced hydrogen strategy.
The Water Breakthrough Challenge had no restriction to participation as long as they were partnered with organizations inside and outside of the water industry, such as universities and institutes and retailers and start-ups or small businesses.
According to John Russell, Senior Director at Ofwat, the Water Breakthrough Challenge has led to exciting partnerships with water companies to improve customer services and improve the sector’s environmental footprint.
John Russell further acknowledged that every winner had made a significant contribution to the water sector’s long-term resilience, sustainability, and efficiency. Ofwat appreciates the Challenge and insight provided by the independent judging panel in recommending these deserving winners.
The Anglian Water’s Triple Carbon Reduction solution team comprises Brunel University London, Cranfield University, Element Energy Ltd, Jacobs, Northern Ireland Water, OxyMem, Scottish Water, Severn Trent Water, United Utilities and the University of East Anglia.