iWAYS, funded under the EU H2020 programme, brings together 19 partners.
The project will develop a set of technologies to increase water efficiency through three main solutions: exhaust condensation, water treatment and waste valorisation. Other than water, it also focusses on energy and material recovery from exhaust gases, thus improving the raw material efficiency and reducing emissions detrimental to the environment. It is expected to reduce freshwater consumption by 30% to 64%; and to recovery water and heat from humid gases by 30%.
iWAYS will consider alternative freshwater sources and will also develop robust technologies to reduce brine volumes and to recycle product water back to the manufacturing process.
Overall iWAYS intends to transform white plumes from industry ́s chimneys –starting with ceramics, chemicals and steel– in a source of water and energy.