Improved Estimation Algorithms for Water Purification and Desalination Systems


to improve water desalination plants and waste water treatment facilities by applying advanced estimation techniques and systems engineering concepts.

« We want take part in solving one of humanity's major challenges in the 21st century and enable easier access to potable drinking water by making processes for clean water more intelligent. »

(PURE-WATER Consortium)


This implies to face technical challenges such as integrated and smart sensor systems, fulfilling high safety and reliability requirements, developing a diagnosis system for fault detection as well as to improve the overall efficiency of water purification plants.


via collaborative research and training between universities and small companies from Germany, Denmark, Poland, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Cuba. Young and expereinced researchers are enabled to realize their investigations at partner labs where they work together with and learn from reknown experts on their respective field as well as committing experimental studies at uniquely available facilities.


The following fields of research are involved:

The project relies on a highly interdisciplinary approach combining knowledge from the fields of control theory, process engineering and water management. This results in a broad training of staff members extending their skills and giving them a wider prespectives, even towards societal implications of their work and commitment.

» News.

July 17, 2023
The consortium presented application related research results at upcoming 22nd IFAC World Congress which took place from 9 to 14 July 2023 in Yokohama, Japan. It is one of the largest gatherings of systems and control engineers in research and is thus well suited to present the final project results to a larger scientific audience. The partners from KAUST were hosting an open invited track on "Asymptotic and Non-Asymptotic Estimation Methods for Nonlinear Systems" which corresponds with the PURE-WATER project scope. As the event took place shortly after the PURE-WATER project end, the partners got the chance for a final meeting on a conference to assess the collaborative achievements.  more

June 30, 2023
The official project end has been shifted to the end of Jun 2023. The evaluation of the final results is currently in preparation. Since the project start in 2019, the PURE-WATER project connected young and experienced researchers from the involved institutions in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. We thank all the involved staff members for their insightful contributions towards better information processing for improving water filtration problems. We wish them all the best for their career and hope that they keep to impact people's lives with their inventions.  more

January 1, 2022
The current circumstances allow for the resumption of the project related travel activities due to vaccination progress and increased hygienic standards. As of now, the exchange of researchers can finally take place again after a long break. We are looking forward to fruitful discussions between the involved scientists and the PURE-WATER community.  more

February 22 & 24, 2021
In order to exchange recent research results within the consortium, an online event is realized which gives every partner the chance to present their current scientific work. These presentations include a short lecture on exact state observers by the colleagues from AGH as well as topics in the fields of diagnosis, Modulating Function selection, distributed systems and further water applications.  more


Funding: H2020-MSCA-RISE programme