European Call(s)

SC5-12-2018: EU-India water co-operation

Name of the organisation

SITIE Impianti Industriali S.p.A.

Description of the organisation

SITIE Impianti Industriali S.p.A. is an International company working in the field of electrical, instrumentation installations and automation in several countries from Europe through the Middle East, North America and Asia. SITIE's experience encompasses all aspects of the project cycle: from initial design, through construction, commissioning and training, and eventually the supporting of long-term maintenance and operations. SITIE Process & Technology S.p.A. (StP) represents the Unit of Research and Technology Development. STP wants to make its contribution to the design of a sustainable future by transferring its expertise and focusing on water scarcity, energy crisis and global warming. Thanks to the presence of engineers and Professors who occupied a leadership role in the design, engineering, construction and operation of plants for power generation and water treatment, the role of STP embraces all the activities related to Research & Innovation Projects: Process Development, Design and Procurement of Pilot and Industrial Plants. Main fields: Renewable Desalination, Water Treatment & Reuse, Water/energy Dual Purpose Plants.

Main areas of expertise

SITIE Impianti Industriali S.p.A. is an international company with experiences of design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and operations of Industrial Plants. The R&D unit, leaded by Prof. Diego Barba is working on the Development of Innovative Processes in the field of Renewable Desalination, Water Treatment & Reuse. The technology at the root of ReWaRD is the Humidification-Dehumidification (HDH) of air including the brine recirculation and an additional step of vapour Adsorption (HDHA). The technology will be applied for the decentralized production of freshwater by exploiting solar energy. The novel process shows many advantages with respect to the state of the art: the high energy efficiency and the high recovery ratio allow to obtain very high environmental performances, the novel mechanical solutions reduce the operation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the HDHA is able to produce fresh water from different sources.

Contact Persons

Mauro Capocelli

Looking for: Partner(s)

• Industrial/Academic Partner able to optimize and realize the HDH equipment in plastic materials, also by implementing the 3D printing technology.
• Industrial/Academic Partner able to participate to the equipment realization for the unit of “solar energy harvesting” (photovoltaic & solar collectors).
• Industrial/Academic Partner (preferably Indian) to carry on the WP related to wastewater “survey & pre-treatment” (mainly focused on emerging pollutants).
• Industrial/Academic Partner (preferably Indian) to carry on the WP related to the site activities (demonstration / pilot plant operation)


Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Netherlands

Main Objectives:

The main goal of the project is to demonstrate a novel technology for Renewable Water Reuse & Desalination, able to work as a stand-alone water-energy platform. The main WPs are related to the development of the HDH unit, the Adsorption unit and the Solar Energy unit, posing some challenges to the R&D development at TRL 5-6. For each of the aforementioned units, the Consortium have to include the best technological and/or Academic Partner in Europe. Some Partners are already joining the Consortium with the strategy of interconnecting an Academic and an Industrial Partner for each unit. Furthermore, the Project aims to bring some of the most significant recent results obtained in the wastewater treatment sector (mainly focusing on emerging compounds) into the technology. This can be done by focusing on the results showed by projects already funded by the EU and/or the Government of India. To facilitate future in-house replication and the technology development, the Project has a strong demonstration component, directly involving the stakeholders and promoting the transfer of European knowledge, expertise and technology.


- To demonstrate the feasibility of the novel technology coupling HDH, Brine recirculation and Vapour Adsorption
- To “mathematically” simulate the dynamics of the hybrid process in order to optimize the operating performances and to develop the control algorithm
- To find the right adsorption materials and the optimal configuration of the desorption process
- To find the right place for demonstration taking advantage from previous R&D results
- To produce freshwater from different sources by implementing solar-energy
- To find the right configuration of the structured packing
- To realize low-volume & low-weight package equipment
- To optimize the technological unit of energy production

Previous EU experience:

Prof. Diego Barba coordinated several research projects (1998-2002) as Head of the Scientific & Technological Park of Abruzzo for a total finance of around 20 M€. In 2011 Prof. Diego Barba coordinated a Research Project (value 10 M€), carried out by a Consortium between universities and the Engineering Company Technip-KTI. The goal was the development of a new technology for the hydrogen production based the on steam reforming process integrating catalytic reactor and hydrogen removal in membrane modules. Some partners of Sitie (as the UCBM team) have been involved in other research project.