Our research and expertise centers
With its worldwide network of research and expertise centers, SUEZ offers advanced technical and scientific know-how in water and waste that is capable of solving the new challenges facing the Group’s customers.
Eric Dehouck-Group Research and Innovation Vice President at SUEZ
Preserving and reusing resources for the future
The Group addresses the multiple issues of resource management thanks to its pool of almost 400 researchers and experts. This network develops new solutions and validates technologies for the Group’s operational entities and customers.
The production of drinking water, the artificial aquifer recharge, the water recycling and the desalination of seawater and brackish water all have a contribution to make.
This specific expertise, and the corresponding technologies are applied to treat urban and industrial wastewater in order to limit its impact on the environment.
In addition to the more advanced processes designed to eliminate micro-pollutants and other emerging pollutants, SUEZ also develops innovative technologies to make use of the resources contained in wastewater (the energy in sludge or nitrogen and phosphorous, which can be used as fertilizer).
The purpose of storm water management is to minimize the impact of periods of heavy rain on inhabitants and the environment, by limiting flooding, minimizing the discharge of untreated water directly into the environment, avoiding the saturation of water treatment stations, etc.
SUEZ has developed not only the skills required to design urban drainage infrastructures, but also the tools that monitor water networks, including real-time management.
In a world where resources are becoming increasingly scarce, the recycling and reuse of waste are more necessary than ever before.
Recycling recovers the secondary raw materials in waste, which can then be returned to the industrial manufacturing process. SUEZ develops methods to characterize waste, and innovative recovery processes, in particular for plastics.
SUEZ possesses a broad range of technologies to recover the energy contained in organic waste, from incineration, which produces heat and electricity, to methanation (anaerobic digestion), which produces biogas that can be used immediately or purified and then injected into the main public gas distribution networks.
Looking beyond the technical aspects, the distribution of water and sanitation also impact non-technological issues related to the social and economic aspects of the water management cycle.
The experts at SUEZ address numerous subjects, ranging from water demand forecasts to the analysis of the socio-economic and environmental impacts of water supply systems and the assessment of consumer behaviour.
CIRSEE – Paris (France)
Created in 1981, the CIRSEE is SUEZ’s main Competences center. It plays a leading role in the coordination of the Group’s international technical and scientific network.
Its mission is to identify and develop the scientific, technical and technological skills necessary to underpin the operational excellence of the Group’s performance and develop new services to our clients.
Apart from conducting research and innovation projects, CIRSEE provides technical support to the SUEZ subsidiaries and ensures the validation of technologies.
Centre International de Recherche Sur l’Eau et l’Environnement
38, rue du Président Wilson
78230 Le Pecq
Le LyRE- Bordeaux (France)
Located on the Bordeaux University campus since 2011, the Le Lyre center initiates, supports and coordinates research projects involving universities, businesses and public or private institutions.
The Le Lyre center and its partners share the common goal of innovating in the quantitative and qualitative management of water in order to limit the impact that the large cities have on their environment.
Innovation at the Le Lyre center is founded on the enrichment of research work between public and private bodies. As the interface between a major Group and local players, the Le Lyre center connects the operatives in the water sector to the researchers and identifies the right partners to propose innovative solutions to local issues and the answers to the questions raised by operators and local government.
Manned by almost 30 researchers and engineers, the Le Lyre center is organized into four fields of research and expertise: Network / Environment / Players and users / Data. Multidisciplinarity, which is in the very genes of Le Lyre, enables the center to offer concrete solutions to its customers.
CETaqua – Barcelona (Spain)
Created in 2007, CETaqua integrates, manages and executes research projects with the aim of proposing innovative solutions to companies and governments in the area of the complete water cycle, the adaptation of infrastructures to climate change and the socio-economic aspects of water.
CETaqua’s organizational model is based on collaborative research between the private and public spheres in order to facilitate dialogue and to accelerate the implementation of R&D results. Today, CETaqua is a benchmark technology center in the creation of knowledge and the development of technologies relating to the complete water cycle, both in Spain and worldwide.
In each field of application, CETaqua pursues the same common goals: the optimization of resources, saving water and energy and guaranteeing the sustainable management of cities, the environment, industry and agriculture.
Centro Tecnológico del Agua
Carretera d’Esplugues, 75
08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona
SUEZ WERCs – New York (United States)
Launched at the end of 2009, SUEZ North America & Environmental Research Centers (SUEZ WERCs) is the result of scientific work between SUEZ North America and DENARD, SUEZ’s Treatment Solutions R&D center in the USA.
This organization’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to technical problems and create new business opportunities all along the water cycle. SUEZ WERCs unites innovation efforts in the following areas: drinking water supplies, treatment of drinking water and wastewater, sustainable development (production of biogas) and smart metering.
10991 Leadbetter Road, Suite 600
Ashland, VA 23005
SWRc – Shanghai (China)
The SWRc, the water research center of the SCIP (Shanghai Chemical Industry Park), works with local partners, including the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park itself, Tongji University and the East China University of Science And Technology.
The SWRc center focuses its activities on innovative solutions to treat and manage wastewater discharged by petrochemical industries. It explores new fields of sustainable development by organising research into the re-use of wastewater, the transformation of sludge and energy recovery. This competence centre is the first of its kind in China to focus on the treatment of industrial wastewater.
Headquarters: Nro. 168 Mu Hua Road,
Shanghai Chemical Industry Park
Singapore Research Centre – Singapore
The Singapore Research Centre is the result of an agreement signed in June 2015 between the Singapore National Water Agency, the Public Authority Board (PUB) and SUEZ. It was created to share know-how and jointly develop technologies to protect water resources, and to raise the awareness of inhabitants and industry.
SUEZ chose Singapore as the location for its innovation center and regional development hub, because it is one of the largest economic and business centers in South-East Asia, and is renowned for its expertise in and strong commitment to the sustainable management of its resources.
Singapore Research Centre
298 Tiong Bahru Road
#12-06 Central Plaza