The Biopolus Institute is the non-profit research and development branch of the Biopolus group that focuses on process and product development. We continue to invest in R&D in order to expand our range of technologies for further circular economy solutions development.

Innovations in biotechnology for water recycling and organic resource recovery are active and on-going for new solutions and for process and product optimization. In addition to biotechnology, we have also expanded into vertical farming, where we are working with strategic partners to create the plant factories of the future, today.

Open Innovation Platform

Biopolus invites all interested stakeholders, including universities, research institutions, and individuals to cooperate with us in joint R&D or in a cross-licensing setup to adapt and integrate their technologies into the BioMakery.


The Biopolus Institute is working alongside renowned institutions to collaborate on various projects and at global events in order to make large scale impact. Specialized innovation for high tech solutions are being developed with partners from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (previously as an emerging innovator in the CE100), the European Space Agency, and other prominent universities and research institutions.

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As an EU-based non-profit, the Institute is in an excellent position to participate in joint research programs with academia and to attract grant funding.

These projects allow Biopolus to work closely with universities, industries, and public utilities. We provide innovative concepts and high-class infrastructure to find and develop solutions for our continuously urbanizing world.

EU Partnership Opportunity

If you are an organization looking for a project partner, too cooperate with on a European grant or other project, please contact us. Our shared involvement can help make our global impact even stronger.


Biopolus continues to establish strategic partnerships to collaborate on various projects, on technological developments, and to gain access to different regions of the globe. We take pride in striving for collaborative innovation.

H2020 euPOLIS (2020-2024)

Integrated NatureBasedSolutions (NBS) Urban Planning Methodology for Enhancing the Health and Well-being of Citizens

The € 10 million EU-funded euPOLIS project aims to create urban ecosystems and living spaces that improve public health and human well-being. At the core of the project is the integration of the natural environment with the urban built environment for nature-based solutions.

The project’s innovative urban planning solutions will be tested in four cities: Belgrade, Lodz, Piraeus, and Gladsaxe. Biopolus will install a pilot-sized urban metabolic hub, a mini-BioMakery at the Belgrade demonstration site. The BioMakery is a multifunctional wastewater treatment facility that provides sustainable, nature-based circular solutions within an urban green space. The Belgrade BioMakery will also function as an educational center, where visitors can see and experience blue-green solutions firsthand. For more information visit the project website:

H2020 NEXTGEN (2018-2022)

Defining the next generation of water systems and solutions at 10 full scale deployment sites at 8 EU locations

NextGen is a collective water research and innovation initiative from Circular Economy pioneers with diverse areas of expertise. The  € 10 million EU-funded project demonstrates innovative technological, business and governance solutions for water in the circular economy. Biopolus solutions are installed at two sites (at Koningshoven in the Netherlands and in Athens, Greece).  As part of the NextGen project, the Koningshoeven BioMakery is being used to testbed new business models and high-tech water circularity solutions. In Athens Greece, Biopolus is providing nutrient and energy recovery solutions for the Athens Urban Tree Nursery at Goudi Park. For more information visit the project website:

Water Diplomacy 2018 (2018-2019)

Replacement of traditional large wastewater treatment plants with compact BioMakeries to create valuable redevelopment areas in Chinese cities

It is estimated that there are about 5 to 8 thousand inner city sewage treatment plants around the globe, occupying high value land, surrounded by offices and/or residential spaces. In the city of Shenzhen there are approximately 40 sewage treatment plants, 4 of which are located in the inner city.  Biopolus received funding from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to prepare a Feasibility Study to investigate how a compact, odor-free, and architecturally pleasing building using MNR technology could replace one of these inner city treatment plants. The Biopolus design resulted in 89% land savings with estimated land value earnings of 460 mEURs.