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Emma McAteer

Coordinator Water Technology

Emma McAteer is the Coordinator of the Water Technology Research Group within HZ University of Applied Sciences. She joined HZ in 2015 and in her capacity as researcher and now coordinator of this group she has worked on various projects covering themes such as fresh water reuse in the forms of GO-Fresh II, FRESH4Cs (Alternative Fresh Water resources for Coastal Areas), Robust water system Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and also resource recovery and reuse in the form of NEREUS (New Energy and Resources for Urban Sanitation). Aside from her work with the research group Emma is a lecturer in water technology for the Bachelor Programme BSc Water Management: Aquatic Eco Technology. Emma graduated with a Master in Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2010 and worked for several years as a process engineer for small-scale domestic and commercial biological wastewater treatment plants in Northern Ireland before joining HZ.

Terneuzen The Netherlands


The Water Technology Research Group is a partner in the European Union Horizon 2020 programme for the research project AquaSPICE. AquaSPICE aims at Advancing Sustainability of Process Industries through Digital and Circular Water Use Innovations.

Water is used during stages of production processes in most industries. It is estimated that 20% of all fresh water consumption globally is used by industry. Innovation in water treatment can bring closed loops to almost 100% efficiency for important industrial water users by recovering and reusing resources.

Water scarcity is a reality for some of Dow locations around Europe. Dow is seeking opportunities to reduce the fresh water intake in the different production sites by reusing water streams. The water streams will be treated by technologies to reuse them again in the processes. Therefore, a pilot will be operated, which consists of containers with different water treatment technologies.

The pilot will be operated at Dow Terneuzen, Dow Böhlen, and BASF Antwerpen. At each location, different water streams with different treatments will be tested. This case study is a collaboration between Dow (Terneuzen and Böhlen), Ghent University, Evides Industriewater, RWTH Aachen University, and HZ University of Applied Sciences.

Additionally, the focus will be on intelligent water management. A water cyber-physical-system will be created with a measurement network of real-time sensors and a model will be constructed where decisions can be made.

Hans Cappon, Emma McAteer and Lies Hamelink, from the Water Technology research group, are working on the AquaSPICE project. They are responsible for supporting the operational work of the pilots at Dow Terneuzen and Dow Böhlen, as well as participating in the data analyses and evaluation of the results.

The project Aquaspice has received funding from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958396.