Grant and Research Projects

Ongoing research and development is a vital component of our vision of a future where clean water is accessible to everyone.


Innovation is one of our core values.

We collaborate with leading academic institutions and participate in government research programmes to develop cutting-edge solutions for water management and treatment.


The aim of the project is to develop and verify technologies enabling the elimination of PFAS contamination from the environment. It focuses on the treatment of drinking water and in-situ remediation of the rock environment-groundwater.

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Key information: 

  • Project number: FW06010686 
  • Project name: Elimination of PFAS in the environment – development of innovative in-situ remediation methods and advanced technologies for water applications - "PFAS_TECH" 
  • Call for proposal: 6th public competition of the trend programme 
  • Project coordinator: Photon Water Technology S. R. O. (PWT) 
  • Next participant: Technical University of Liberec (TUL) 
  • Project duration: 1 January 2023 - 31 December 2026 


Enhanced In Situ Bioremediation for Contaminated Land Remediation (EiCLaR) is a European/Chinese consortium with the aim of developing scientific and technical innovations for in-situ bioremediation technologies. 

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These innovations will be directly developed into industrial processes for the efficient, cost-effective treatment of a range of environmental pollutants, such as chlorinated solvents, heavy metals and pesticides. The technologies will allow bioremediation approaches to expand their range of applications to industrial sites and waters that contain complex, highly concentrated pollutant mixtures. 

This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 965945. 

Key Information 

  • Project number: 965945 
  • Call for proposal: H2020-NMBP-BIO-CN-2020 
  • Project coordinator: Ecole centrale de lyon, France 
  • Project duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2024 


European project promoting technological innovations based on constructed wetlands for the treatment of pesticide-contaminated waters.

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LIFEPOPWAT aims to provide a means of mitigating risks to water from HCH megasites through the use of Wetland+ technology, as well as a means of replicating these solutions across the EU and around the world. The project will benchmark the technology’s performance, ease of deployment and sustainability against conventional approaches. 

The project has been realised thanks to the Life programme, the EU’s financial instrument for the support of environmental conservation and climate action projects, and to the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. 

Key Information:  

  • Registration: LIFE18 ENV/CZ/000374 
  • Project duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2023   

Smart System for Precipitation of Nutrients (Phosphorus) in Surface Water

Regional Innovation Programme - Technology Vouchers

The subject of the project is to verify the possibility of designing, installing, testing and optimising a smart system of dosing reagents for phosphorus precipitation in surface waters, in practice and in real conditions.

The project is focused on the issue of phosphorus removal from surface water, which is one of the critical prerequisites for reducing eutrophication and limiting the growth of unwanted cyanobacteria and algae in water reservoirs.

In terms of efficiency and safety, the dosing of reagents must be linked to the current flow rates of the treated water, while reacting in time to changes in the resulting pH and turbidity. This is the only way to achieve the optimal dose of reagents and at the same time not to exceed concentration levels to ensure the safety of the affected aquatic ecosystems.  

It will be possible to control the system remotely. It is assumed that it will not only be possible to fully monitor the process of dosing reagents, but also to react immediately on the basis of notifications and warnings with safety fuses and the possibility to remotely adjust the dosing parameters or suspend the operation of the precipitation system.  

This will enable the smart system to meet the requirements for economic, environmental and safety provisions. 

The project is supported by a grant from the Liberec Region. 

Key Information: 

  • Project number: OLP/3429/2021 
  • Total cost: 290 000 CZK 
  • Funding: 200 000 CZK 
  • Project duration: 1 July 2021 – 31 May 2022 

Voucher 2023

Application of biosensors in on-line monitoring of remediation applications (Regional Innovation Programme - Technology Vouchers)

The project solves the development of an on-line monitoring device prototype using biosensors for monitoring the treatment of various types of water. The purpose is to develop a prototype that is adapted to the use of biosensors for monitoring the impact of various remediation technologies applied to surface water, groundwater, drinking water, wastewater (municipal and industrial) and landfill water, and to validate the functionality of the individual components and the whole device both in laboratory conditions and on remediation sites.

The project will verify the technical feasibility - the possibility of designing, installation, testing, verification, and optimization of on-line monitoring with biosensors in practice in monitoring of remediation applications. Equipment of this type will be of considerable benefit for remediation technologies, which are key to improving water quality and ensuring a healthy environment, and often have an impact on improving ecosystem health and enhancing biodiversity.

The project is supported by a grant from the Liberec Region.

Key Information: 

  • Project number: OLP/3377/2023 
  • Total cost: 285 714 CZK
  • Funding: 200 000 CZK 
  • Project duration: 1 July 2023 – 30 September 2024 



Water Resources Management in Visitor Attractions - FIT4USE Water Recirculation Technology (LIFE4ZOO)

An excessive water consumption of zoological gardens becomes a significant environmental problem. The way how we operate zoos today leads to the use of large amounts of scarce and costly drinking water, excessive wastewater treatment needs and impacts on surrounding surface water via runoff. Moreover, zoos were not designed with the water resilience in mind, what brings another challenge at times of water shortage, e.g., during the recent droughts in EU.

LIFE4ZOO meets challenges of both suboptimal water-use and low resilience to water shortages that are faced by zoos. It demonstrates a structured and integrated approach to water management that supports local water re-use, decreases wastewater treatment demand, avoids surface water risks, and buffers water in engineered wetland.

The project has been realised thanks to the Life programme, the EU’s financial instrument for the support of environmental conservation and climate action projects, and to the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic.

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Key information:

  • Registration: 101114509 LIFE22-ENV-CZ-LIFE4ZOO 
  • Project coordinator: Technická univerzita v Liberci
  • Project partners: Zoo Liberec, příspěvková organizace, Fundació Solidaritat UB, Universitat de Girona, Barcelona De Serveis Municipals SA
  • Project duration: 1. September 2023–28. February 2027



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