Sorigué participates in an innovative project on smart water management in the hotel sector
January 11, 2019
A total of 7 companies are collaborating to introduce new technologies, including anaerobic membrane bioreactors, vertical walls and bioelectrochemical technologies, among others.
Sorigué, along with 7 other companies, forms part of the Watertur project, which investigates the implementation of smart treatment systems and innovative monitoring systems to facilitate conservation and a more sustainable management of water in hotels.
The initiative which was set up in 2018, is part of one of the RIS3CAT communities: la Comunitat RIS3CAT aigua. These communities are projects funded by the Catalan Agency for Company Competition ACCIÓ (for its Spanish acronym) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). They seek to bring together companies, universities and research centers with the aim of boosting key and strategic sectors of the Catalan economy through innovation.
The Comunitat RIS3CAT aigua was launched in 2017 and is comprised of six projects. The “Research into technologies for the smart and sustainable management of the water cycle in hotels” project, known as the Watertur project, is coordinated by the Catalonian water group, Catalan Water Partnership (CWP), and a total of 5 companies participate in it: Sorigué, AERIS Tecnologías Ambientales, Lavola, SERHS Hotels, Fluidra and the Leitat center for technology, focused on industrial improvement.
All technologies from the participating companies who joined the CWP will be tested or put into operation in the Vilar Rural de Sant Hilari hotel establishment, property of SERHS hotels. The different participants work together to establish synergies based on their complementary skills and knowledge to develop innovative technologies for the smart management of the water cycle in hotels.
The Watertur Project is developed along three main lines. The first is the optimization and launch of cutting-edge technologies placed in tourist facilities with the objective of improving wastewater treatment and allowing for its reuse.
The second involves the implementation of smart technologies for the management of recreational water such as swimming pools. The third is the implementation of water cycle tracking and monitoring platforms, as well as the calculation of hydraulic and carbon footprints with the objective of making smart use of water in this type of facility and calculating sustainability indicators in real time. This allows for monitoring in the hotel establishment, as well as raising the awareness of its impact among its users, and how their decisions may reduce water usage.
In Catalonia, the water sector had an aggregate bill of 4,480 million euros in 2017 and gave work to more than 23,000 people. It also has more than 400 companies in the whole value chain. This project anticipated a large impact with the aim of achieving a more sustainable use of water resources in the tourism sector.