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  • 22.
    Feb 2024

    Dr. Pegah Shakeri to present WaterProof at the CO₂-Based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024

    On April 18th 2024 Dr. Pegah Shakeri from Coatema will present the recent results of the WaterProof project at the CO₂-Based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024 in Cologne, Germany and online.

    Join us on site and explore the entire programme at:

  • 22.
    Feb 2024

    Applauding the accomplishments of the initial 18 months in the first WaterProof review

    On February 14th 2024 the WaterProof consortium successfully presented the achievements and results of the past 18 month to an expert jury from the european commission.

    The consortium hopes to continue the effective work in the remaining project year.

  • 22.
    Feb 2024

    WaterProof project at the 24th ECS meeting in Gothenburg

    Our project partners from Avantium presented the WaterProof project at the 24th ECS meeting in Gothenburg, where their international expert team introduced exciting projects and custom build electrolyzer test setups.
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  • 11.
    Nov 2023

    Great interest in the WaterProof project at the 22nd International Coating Symposium

    Exciting times at the 22nd Coating Symposium at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH! WaterProof expert Dr. Pegah Shakeraihad the pleasure of meeting our research partners Stanislav Molodtsov and Alex Man, who are also collaborators in the #WaterProof project.
    A special thank you to the Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH organizing team, especially Tanja Simone, for making this a flawless event!

    The event included speakers from industry, institutes and R&D will present the latest developments around coating, printing and laminating and also show trials in the Coatema R&D centre on site.

    Find more information on the event here.

  • 02.
    Nov 2023

    WaterProof expert Dr. Pegah Shakeri at the 22nd International Coating Symposium

    On 7-8 November 2023 project partner Coatema is hosting the 22nd International Coating Symposium. Listen to our expert Dr. Pegah Shakeri informing you about the utilisation of electrochemistry for the conversion of CO₂ into valuable chemicals and visit the WaterProof exhibition booth.

    The event includes speakers from industry, institutes and R&D will present the latest developments around coating, printing and laminating and also show trials in the Coatema R&D centre on site.

    Find more information on the event here.

  • 27.
    Jun 2023

    One Year of WaterProof Research – General Assembly in Bilbao in June 2023

    From June 14-15th 2023 the WaterProof consortium held its one year general assembly with all consortium partners. The meeting took place at the facilities of Tecnalia in the city of Bilbao, Spain, and gave all participants the opportunity to discuss future focus points and strategies, and streamline their research efforts. Following the presentation of current research data, various work packages were already able to celebrate first promising results.

  • 01.
    Jun 2023

    WaterProof presented at the Conference on CO₂-based Fuels and Chemicals 2023

    With an international expert audience from the CCU and CCS community and related industries at this year’s Conference on CO₂-based Fuels and Chemicals, coordinator Sophie van Vreeswijk found the perfect audience for the WaterProof project. The event is one of the most established worldwide in the area of renewable carbon and CO₂ utilisation and was attended by over 250 attendees. A great opportunity to present recent project achievements, and discuss possibilities and opportunities for the use of sustainable chemicals, as well as effective technologies to use CO₂ from point-emission sources and urban wastewater treatment facilities.

    Find more information on the event Sophie van Vreeswijk’s presentation at

  • 03.
    Mar 2023

    First WaterProof Stakeholder Webinar on LCA and S-LCA

    There clearly is value in waste(water) CO₂. Still monitoring and evaluating the environmental, economical and social scope of CO₂ as a feedstock and related processing is challenging. One of the most common instruments in this context is the Life Cycle Assistent (LCA), which can be extended to to a social focus in the frame of a Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA). WaterProof includes a variety of partners from industry and science that offer very different levels of LCA knowledge. To get everyone on the same page, this free online webinar will provide a comprehensive introduction on the three pillars of LCA – sustainability, economics and social aspects, and you are kindly invited to join.

    30 March 2023, 14:00-17:00 online, free


    14:00-14:10 Annelie Jongerius and Sophie van Vreeswijk (Avantium) – Introduction

    14:10-15:00 Matthias Stratmann (nova-Institut) – Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment – An introduction to key elements and methodology

    15:00-15:40 Ema Nemet (Process Design Center) – Conceptual design of processes hand in hand with environmental LCA and techno-economic evaluation

    15:40-16:20 Shraddha Mehta (Sintef Ocean) – Social LCA and Evaluation of Social Parameters

    16:20 Discussion

  • 21.
    Nov 2022

    Press Release: Converting CO₂ through electrochemistry – The WaterProof Project

    Starting soon, the new research project WaterProof aims at closing the waste(water) carbon loop by creating a novel biorefinery concept converting CO2 emissions from urban waste treatment facilities into valuable green consumer-products. The objective is a technology resulting in a GHG reduction based on CO₂ utilization, replacement of fossil feedstock and industrial electrification

    In view of the increasing scarcity of fossil carbon feedstock and a parallel increase in carbon demand, science and industry are faced with the challenge of urgently closing any possible carbon loop. This also includes the conversion of CO2 emissions from waste(water) processing. Many of the products we use in our everyday lives, like cleaning products, cosmetics and their packaging materials, end up in our waste and wastewater systems. Processing of these waste streams by means of incineration for the generation of energy and by water purification processes causes immense emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). WaterProof aims at creating a novel technology for waste(water) treatment, combining effective CO2 recycling and a contribution to a clean water cycle with zero-waste.

    Formic acid for cleaning detergents and sustainable fish leather made from waste(water) CO2 

    In order to develop an innovative process, the consortium has set high goals: WaterProof will demonstrate the possibility of creating competitive and profitable business opportunities by turning CO2 into value-added products, such as consumer cleaning products. This will be achieved by chosing electrochemistry as the method of conversion, using electricity from renewable sources. Although technologies using CO2 as a building block for the chemical industry are already available, WaterProof aims to progress beyond the state of the art. In this electrochemical process, two electrodes – oxidation and reduction – work together using the same energy source, hereby providing the opportunity to add a second reaction (oxidation) and producing formic acid. WaterProof aims at making the most use of the reduction reaction by testing the formic acid in formulations for new sustainable consumer cleaning products as well as the preparation of sustainable and fish leather, hereby replacing products made with fossil ingredients and reducing the CO2 emission of wastewater-treatment to a minimum.

    Twelve partners from six countries collaborate on creating a clean water cycle with zero-waste

    The WaterProof project combines international expertise from all over the globe. Under the lead of Avantium Chemicals BV from the Netherlands, a research consortium including the Ecover Co-ordination Centre from Belgium, Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia from Colombia, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Izes GmbH and nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH from Germany, Nordic Fish Leather EHF from Iceland, Frames Renewable Energy Solutions BV, Stichting Waternet and NV HVC from the Netherlands, Fundacion Para El Desarrollo y la Innovation Texcnologica as well as Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation from Spain will be working on innovative solutions.

    The WaterProof Project receives funding from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme under the Grant Agreement Number 101058578.
    More information about the project will soon be available at

    Read the full press release here.