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Our research and expertise centers

Loïc Voisin-Group Director-Innovation-Marketing-Industrial Performance-SUEZ

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 our customers.

Loïc Voisin-Senior VP Group Innovation, Marketing and Business Performance

An international network

17 competence centers working towards an innovative management of resources

SUEZ calls on its international network of research and expertise centers to guarantee easy access to resources and to high-performance and innovative services.

Our areas of expertise

Preserving and reusing resources

We address the multiple issues of resource management thanks to our pool of almost 400 researchers and experts. This network develops new solutions and tests technologies for our operational entities and customers.

1. Alternative water resources

We’re faced with the rising scarcity of resources and the increase in demand for drinking water, so SUEZ is developing technologies to create alternative resources. The production of drinking water, the artificial aquifer recharge, the water recycling and the desalination of seawater and brackish water all part and parcel to this plan.

2. The water treatment process

From the production of drinking water to the treatment of water for industrial use, we develop and implement a broad range of expert know-how and technologies, including simple treatments (sedimentation, filtration, etc.) and more advanced processes (disinfection by ozone or UV rays, advanced membrane-based processes, such as reverse osmosis).

3. Better water distribution networks

The effective management of the distribution networks located downstream of the drinking water production plants allows water to be delivered to the consumer’s tap, with increased quality and quantity. SUEZ achieves this by developing and applying a broad range of expertise, from leak management, to the real-time control of distribution networks and the assessing the condition of the pipes.

4. Improving wastewater treatment & resource recovery

This specific expertise and our corresponding technology are applied to treat urban and industrial wastewater, in order to limit its impact on the environment. This more advanced process is designed to eliminate micro-pollutants and other emerging pollutants. We’ve also developed an innovative technology to make use of the resources contained in wastewater (the energy in sludge or nitrogen and phosphorous, which can be used as fertilizer).

5. Better storm water systems

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 and avoiding the saturation of water treatment stations. We’ve developed not only the skills required to design the urban drainage infrastructure, but also the tools that monitor water networks in real-time.

6. More accurate analysis and sensors

We possess comprehensive analytical skills that are required to measure the quality of drinking water, wastewater, industrial water, waste and the receiving water. SUEZ has all the skills and the most advanced equipment to measure physical-chemical (temperature, pH, hardness, etc.) or biochemical parameters (concentration of micro-organisms). We can create data models to produce a more global view, to develop strategies to better assess risks to health and to the environment and then minimize them.

7. Waste recovery

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. We’ve developed methods to characterize waste, and an innovative recovery processes 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.

8. More efficient industrial water processes

Some industries such as oil and gas or agri-foods consume vast amounts of water and can create highly polluted wastewater. SUEZ helps the operators in these sectors to reduce their consumption and pollution and to reach "zero liquid discharge." It achieves this goal by developing advanced processes called membrane-based technologies and ozone to eliminate the most resistant pollutants, characterized by a so-called “hard” COD (chemical oxygen demand).

9. Waternomics

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.
In Europe

Our European centers

Europe - Our research and expertise centers

CIRSEE – Paris (France)

The Paris-based International Water and Environmental Research Centre (CIRSEE) specializes in the production of drinking water, water distribution networks, the treatment and reuse of waste water, waste recycling, the management of health and environmental risks and, finally, data analysis.
120
researchers, engineers and experts
80
partners in France and abroad
10
technological platforms
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 our performance and develop new services for our customers.

Le LyRE - Bordeaux (France)

The goal of SUEZ’s Le Lyre research center, based in Bordeaux, is to innovate in the quantitative and qualitative management of water in order to limit the impact that large cities have on their environment.
30
collaborators
+ 100
external collaborators
28
ongoing research projects

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.

 

As the interface between a major organization 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 solve local issues and to provide answers to the questions raised by operators and local government. The Le Lyre center is organized into four fields of research and expertise: Network / Environment / Players and users / Data. This multidisciplinarity approach, is in the very genes of Le Lyre, enables the center to offer concrete solutions to its customers.

CETaqua – Barcelona (Spain)

The CETaqua Technological Water Center in Barcelona, promotes and develops collaborative research projects into the management of the complete water cycle by bringing together national scientific partners (the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)). Its offer of expertise is complimented by skills in the realm of the adaptation of infrastructures to climate change and in the economic aspects of water.
109
experts and engineers
4
technological centres
122
ongoing research projects

Cetaqua integrates, manages and executes research projects with the aim of proposing innovative solutions to companies and governments. For the complete water cycle to adapt the infrastructures to climate change and to be sensitive to the socio-economic aspects of water.

 

Cetaqua’s organizational model is based on collaborative research between the private and public spheres, to facilitate dialogue and to accelerate the implementation of R&D results in the real world. Today, Cetaqua is a technology center of great renoun, in the creation of knowledge and the development of technologies relating to the complete water cycle, both in Spain and for the world.

Technology Center of excellence EMEA – Haasrode (Belgium)

The Haasrode Technology Center of Excellence provides advanced analytical, engineering and application services to our customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

 

State-of-the-art analytical instruments allow the analytical laboratory to process samples from cooling, boiler, wastewater, hydrocarbon and chemical treatment applications. Analysis methods for more than 300 different parameters are available.

 

The multidisciplinary technology team has extensive expertise in analytical chemistry, microbiology, metallurgy and chemical engineering sciences. It conducts root cause analyses in close collaboration with various stakeholders.

UF/MBR Technology Center – Budapest (Hungary)

The Technology Center is working in collaboration with the Oakville Technology Center to develop ultrafiltration membranes and membranes products for wastewater. Experts characterize the membranes, "autopsy" them, and thanks to mechanical tests, they simulate their ageing.
In America

In America

Brazil - Our research and expertise centers

SUEZ WERCs – New York (United States)

SUEZ WERCs, our knowledge center based in New York City (USA) tests water treatment for both municipal and industrial clients. SUEZ North America & Environmental Research Centers (SUEZ WERCs) is the result of scientific collaboration between SUEZ North America and DENARD, our 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 within 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.

E-separation Technology Center – Guelph (Canada)

The Guelph Technical Center focuses its their R&D efforts in the areas of ultra-pure water electrodeionization, Electrodialysis on matrices such as food and beverages, and Reverse Electrodialysis for wastewater.

Technology Center – The Woodlands (USA)

Woodlands, TX Technology Center houses our NAM Customer Analytical Services Laboratory (CASL) and our global hydrocarbon and chemical process research and development laboratories.

 

The laboratory is qualified in chemistry, metallurgical evaluation, research and development and engineering, providing a multi-faceted service highly applicable to problem solving, R&D and routine analytical services.

 

Research efforts include the development of new chemical and technical solutions for refining applications such as hydrocarbon processing, anti-fouling chemical processing, corrosion inhibitors, emulsion breakers, finished product additives and H2S traps.

UF/MBR technology Center – Oakville (Canada)

The Oakville technical center is a specialist in Ultra-Filtration membranes (submerged and pressurized) for wastewater treatment.

Filters & Membranes technology Center – Minnetonka (USA)

The center focuses their R&D efforts on the development of filters and cartridges, reverse osmosis membranes and nanofiltration.

Technology Center Laboratory – Cotia (Brazil)

The laboratory conducts research in the following areas: water, deposits, microbiology and membranes.

Trevose Technologie & Innovation Center – Trevose (USA)

The site has several laboratories to study corrosion, molecular structure, deposit formation and control, biofilms, particle size and characterization, membrane cleaning, flotation, separation and contact angles.
In Asia

In Asia

China - Our research and expertise centers

A network of 4 research centers - Shanghai (China)

Located in Shanghai, our network of research centrecenters specializes in various fields, such as wastewater, industrial water and waste treatment.The SWRc (Shanghai Water Research Center), based in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), is dedicated to the research and development of innovative solutions to treat wastewater generated by the petrochemical industry.

 

The Waste R&D center is the specialist in waste treatment, the China Technology Center (CTC) is an expert in industrial water treatment, particularly in the petrochemical and coal industries, and the Innovative Water Treatment Solutions, which opened in August 2018, specializes in water treatment.

 

All of these centers work with local partners such as the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, Tongji University and the Eastern China University of Technology. They are exploring new areas of sustainable development by organizing, among other things, research on wastewater reuse, sludge transformation and energy recovery.

Singapore Research Centre – Singapore

The SUEZ Singapore Research Centre,  specializes in the implementation of innovative solutions for the management of urban water (automated meter-reading, storm water management) and the reuse of wastewater.

Singapore Water technology center – Singapore

The Singapore Water Technology Center conducts research in the development of new solutions for waste recovery, energy neutrality and ultra-pure water applications.
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