RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

1. Mission


As a modern water and sewerage service provider, EYDAP, should identify the challenges that it is likely to face in the future and take action to exploit opportunities, in particular, those presented by new technological possibilities.

One of the key modernization actions is investing through self-funding, national and EU co-financing in research activities, technological development and innovation.

The Research and Development Department (R&D), established in early 2011, consists of EYDAP’s highly competent scientists who focus on the development and dissemination of know-how and innovation as well as on the adoption of an extrovert orientation.

The aim of the R&D department is to support applied research in order to resolve issues concerning company operation and promote proposals for:

  • Acquiring new knowledge which can be integrated into corporate productive functions.
  • Service quality improvement through new technology utilization (e.g. environmental and energy footprint reduction).
  • Development and provision of new services that benefit citizens and companies.
  • Utilization of new knowledge which can be integrated into innovative operational procedures.
  • Operational cost reduction (e.g. through procedure automation).
  • Research Center infrastructure enhancement (e.g broadening of running experimental applications).
  • Organization of hard copy and digital research archives with access to the company’s intranet to enable scientific knowledge and dissemination.

The R&D Department contributes to cover the company’s development needs in order to maintain a high level of expertise and implement innovative ideas and cutting-edge technologies. 

 

2. Research activity:


• Self-funded research projects that derive from the current and future Company’s needs.
• Searching for EU or/and public funded research proposals (HORIZON 2020, Interreg, LIFE, Erasmus+, NSRF 2014-2020 etc.)

 

Participating in European research projects and actions:


Horizon 2020


i. “SMART-Plant”, intended to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for upgrading wastewater treatment facilities. In Greece, an innovative wastewater treatment pilot system will be developed at the sewage treatment plant of Psyttalia, that will achieve the required quality of treated wastewater, with simultaneous material (nitrogen, phosphorus, biodegradable organic material) and energy (biogas) recovery. Project duration: 2016 – 2020.

https://www.smart-plant.eu (available soon)


ii. “INTCATCH”, intended to focus on better water management with innovative and efficient systems, technologies and techniques for water monitoring at the watershed level. Specifically, robotic boats will be developed, equipped with appropriate sensors for the measurement of selected parameters in real time. In Greece, the robotic boats will be demonstrated in Yliki Lake with the simultaneous development of an appropriate Decision Support System (DSS). Project duration: 2016 – 2020.

https://www.intcatch.eu (available soon)


Seventh European Funding Program (FP7)


i. “DESSIN”, intended to demonstrate new technologies for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (60/2000). The Athens pilot plant is one of the five pilot applications implemented in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and Spain where innovative technologies for water reuse aimed mainly to irrigation of green urban areas are demonstrated. Project duration: 2014 – 2017.

https://dessin-project.eu/


ii.  “MARSOL”, intended to demonstrate the enrichment of aquifers with treated wastewater and halting of sea water inflow. In particular, four universities, four research institutes, six SMEs, three local authorities and four water-sewerage companies from various European countries are involved in MARSOL. Project duration: 2013 – 2016.

http://www.marsol.eu


COST (European COoperation in Science and Technology)


Participation of EYDAP in the COST project and specifically in the action ES1105 / CYANOCOST based on addressing the algae growth in reservoirs. More than 40 scientific institutions and companies are participating and targeting to networking and knowledge transfer.

 

3. Upgrading of EYDAP R&D center:


Completion of the Research Center infrastructure renovation through the construction of a Pilot Test Building, Research Project Archives Building and Utilization of the Center’s facilities for the conduction of training seminars and scientific meetings by the Company’s training and development department. 

 

4. R&D Laboratories


Research Center laboratories (chemical and microbiological) certified according to IS0 17025 standards, that ensure the reliability and validity of the producing results.
More than 27000 determinations of physico-chemical, microbiological and biological parameters are performed annually in the research center laboratories. 

The analysis is carried out for:   

a) Internal needs of the Company (Operations Divisions).
b) External agencies (Environmental Inspectors and Regional Divisions), acting as reference laboratories.
c) Ongoing EYDAP research programs

 

5. Objectives and planned activities

 

  • Participation in targeted new projects within various EU-public funding frameworks (HORIZON 2020, Interreg, LIFE, Erasmus+, NSRF 2014-2020 etc.). Targeting also to self-funded new projects, aligned with the company’s strategic goals.
  • Utilization of the R&D infrastructure and expertise by participating in research and development projects for the implementation of innovative ideas and cutting-edge technologies.
  • Establishment of a laboratory for developing and testing innovative products and services. The laboratory will operate in combination with current pilot infrastructure that covers the needs of research projects.
  • Expansion of innovative activities with the creation of additional infrastructure for laboratory tests and/or application of innovative products or processes.
  • Bridging research and entrepreneurship through projects that are implemented by EYDAP in collaboration with esteemed academics and research oriented companies. Promoting the Company’s extroversion and corporate social responsibility by participating in educational programs and campaigns for the rational use of water.
  • Corporal compatibility of R&D research activity archive with the GIS and EYDAP’s department studies and specifications’ archive in order to enable acquired knowledge dissemination.