Projects & Work packages

Project 12Project 11Project 10Project 9Project 8Project 7Project 6Project 5Project 4Project 3Project 2Project 1
Work package 1 In the optimisation of the urban water cycle in the past decade almost no attention was paid to its energy balance. This is a missed opportunity, as it is the energy balance that offers great opportunities for further optimisation by reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Therefore, to improve the urban water cycle in terms of energy use and recovery, this work package aims to examine both the potential for reducing operational energy and the potential for re-using thermal and chemical energy. Work package 2 Recovering thermal energy is a key to unlock the sustainable urban water cycle, as it is the energy source with the highest recovery potential. This second work package will demonstrate the advantages of recovering thermal energy from the urban water cycle and its use in several applications. To achieve the overall INNERS goal of optimising energy use in the urban water cycle, the partners will develop new ways of recovering/producing energy so that energy consumption in the whole urban water cycle is reduced. With the outcomes of work package 1, locations will be selected where thermal energy can be reused. The results of the demonstration projects will be used to show that thermal energy can be recovered and usefully applied, and act as a brick stone in work package 4. Work package 3 In the urban water cycle there are several opportunities to recover energy with new technologies or new combinations of techniques. In this work package the aim is to introduce new technologies and new (combinations of) techniques to optimise operational energy and to recover chemical energy in the present situation. Work package 4 How can the ideas behind INNERS become mainstreamed to enable policy makers, planners and water specialists to use the INNERS results? The main aim of work package 4 is to evoke a transition towards a new perspective on the urban water cycle as a system that transports both water and energy. This will be done by enabling the implementation of the INNERS results on a broader scale to improve the sustainability of the urban water cycle in terms of energy.

Improving the energy balance of the urban water cycle. That is the purpose of INNERS, which stands for INNovative Energy Recovery Strategies in the urban water cycle. 11 partners from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg think in a new way about the urban water cycle. Not only as a system that transports water, but also as a potential source of energy. Valuable energy which is lost in the current situation.

Download Final report INNERS

The Final report (in 4 languages) and all appendices you find here

The partners in INNERS started several projects. These focus on energy recovery from different parts of the cycle, saving energy and promoting the reuse of this energy. The ambition is high. We strive for an energy-neutral or even an energy producing urban water cycle.