In many parts of the world, and also in Sweden, there is a shortage of drinking water. Drinking water is also used to irrigate crops and for various industrial processes. This is neither sustainable nor efficient. Therefore, a new groundbreaking research project has been initiated at MDU, to create effective methods to transform industrial process water and wastewater into a valuable resource for food production.
The Unity4Water research project is being conducted in collaboration with Mälardalen University (MDU), Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and some 30 partners in industry and food production. The project is being funded with just over SEK 14 million from Vinnova’s strategic innovation programme for Process industrial IT and Automation (PiiA). The project’s total budget is SEK 31 million, and the participating business partners are also contributing with funding.
Monica Odlare, Professor of Environmental Engineering at MDU and Coordinator for the Unity4Water project: “This technology-conscious practice ensures that the crops get exactly what they need, which reduces waste and maximises efficiency. Also, we would like visitors to see with their own eyes how processed water and wastewater are transformed into a valuable resource for growing food.”