HZ University of Applied Sciences is based in Zeeland, the Netherlands. As a university of applied sciences, a great deal of practical research is conducted at HZ both by students and researchers, focusing on questions from the professional field. Any knowledge acquired from the research will result in new insights, which can lead to innovations and even new products for the work field.

One of the research groups at HZ University of Applied Sciences; the Water Technology research group, works on research projects involving applicable technologies for sustainable water (re)use in a combined fresh/saline delta.

Research themes include:

  1. Recycling of surface and process water for industry, agriculture and aquaculture.
  2. Recovery of valuable content from wastewater; nutrients, fatty acids, biogas.

Monitoring of water filtration systems and control of respective bio-fouling.

In the field of water availability and water re(use), HZ has experience in working with local actors and stakeholders in delta regions on the topic of fresh water availability, underground storage and desalination. This experience will be applied in the FRESH4Cs project to offer support to the project partners with a pilot location and to structure a monitoring programme and roadmap for adoption.

Each partner with a pilot location will first undergo a feasibility assessment of their planned technology before moving to the installation phase. HZ will lead this assessment and will use the experience of the project consortium to highlight possible weaknesses in design before progressing. When the technologies are installed at each pilot location, it is important that there is a monitoring programme in place  to monitor the water quantity and qaulity before and after use of the technology or infiltration and abstraction of water. HZ will be responsible for the setting up of a monitoring plan for each pilot location.  The information gathered during the testing and monitoring phase will be analysed and compared for best practice conclusions; the best practices will be used to feed into the development of a roadmap for widespread implementation which will also be led by HZ. This roadmap aims to provide a plan for how the technologies demonstrated in the project could be rolled out and adopted at other locations. The technological performance will be combined with legal, policy, economic and social aspects as well as the requirements of the end user and relevant actors and cross-border exchange of best practice. This will combine to define opportunities for the future.