H2020 NEXTGEN (Europe)


    Towards a next generation of water systems and services for the circular economy


    1 July 2018 – 1 July 2022 (4 years)




    €9.965.230 (of €11.389.106)


    HORIZON 2020



NextGen evaluates and champions transformational circular economy solutions and systems around resource use in the water sector. The team aims to challenge embedded thinking and practices by bringing financially sustainable innovations to life. Biopolus is pleased to be a partner at two of the ten demonstration sites: in Athens, Greece and at the La Trappe Brewery in the Netherlands.

La Trappe (NL): The BioMakery serves as a test facility for advanced circular space technology developed within the micro-ecological life support system alternative (MELiSSA) program of ESA. SEMiLLA has a mandate to implement this technology in civil society. Coupling MNR with MELiSSA technology, reuse water and phototrophic organisms will be produced. The use of Single Cell Proteins will be evaluated for all options such as slow-release fertilizer for the plant nursery, as fish fodder, or as human food.

Athens (GR): The Athens Urban Tree Nursery is part of the Goudi Park, an area in the process of redevelopment and regeneration to become the key metropolitan park of the capital. The regeneration is an effort to boost both the local economy and improve quality of life for the 4.000.000 citizens of the Attica Region. The city is seeking alternative water sources leveraging circular economy solutions to achieve environmental, social and financial benefits for the city. Biopolus provides solutions for nutrient and energy recovery for Athens Urban Tree Nursery in the Goudi Park.

The consortium has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 776541.