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 our customers.
Loïc Voisin-Senior VP Group Innovation, Marketing and Business Performance
Six 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 centers are located in Barcelona, Bordeaux, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 our performance and develop new services for our clients. Apart from conducting research and innovation projects, CIRSEE provides technical support to the SUEZ subsidiaries and ensures the smooth implementation 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 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. 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. This multidisciplinarity approach, 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. 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. CETaqua always 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 collaboration 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 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.
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 center 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 it is renowned for its expertise in and strong commitment to the sustainable management of its limited resources.
Singapore Research Centre
298 Tiong Bahru Road
#12-06 Central Plaza