With its worldwide network of research and expertise centres, 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
SUEZ draws on an international network of research and expertise centres, offering ready access to resources and to high-performance and innovative services.Our centres are located in Barcelona, Bordeaux, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore.
Our pool of almost 400 researchers and experts are addressing multiple and complex issues in resource management, developing and testing new solutions and technologies for our operational entities and customers.
As resource scarcity escalates and demand for drinking water increases, SUEZ is developing the technologies to create alternative resources – producing drinking water, artificial aquifer recharge, water recycling and desalination of seawater and brackish water.
From the production of drinking water to the treatment of water for industrial use, we develop and implement expertise and technologies across simple treatments such as sedimentation and filtration, and more advanced processes such as disinfection by ozone or UV rays and advanced membrane-based processes including reverse osmosis.
Effective management of distribution networks located downstream of drinking water production plants allows a greater quality and quantity of water to be delivered to the consumer’s tap. We develop and apply our expertise across a breadth of areas, from leak management to real-time control of distribution networks and assessing pipe condition.
We apply our expertise and advanced process technologies to treat urban and industrial wastewater, eliminating micro-pollutants and other emerging pollutants and limiting impact on the environment. Our innovative technologies also harness the resources contained in wastewater, such as the energy in sludge or nitrogen and phosphorous for fertilisers.
Storm water management aims to minimise the impact of periods of heavy rain on inhabitants and the environment by limiting flooding, minimising the discharge of untreated water directly into the environment and avoiding the saturation of water treatment stations. SUEZ has extensive expertise in the optimal design of urban drainage infrastructure and the tools to monitor water networks in real time.
SUEZ possesses the comprehensive analytical skills required to measure the quality of drinking water, wastewater, industrial water, waste and receiving water. We combine this expertise with the most advanced equipment to measure physical-chemical parameters such as temperature, pH and hardness, and biochemical parameters like the concentration of micro-organisms. Our data models offer a more global view, underpinning better strategies to assess and minimise risks to health and to the environment.
In a world where resources are becoming increasingly scarce, the recycling and reuse of waste is more critical 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 characterise waste, along with innovative plastics recovery processes. We employ 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 main public gas distribution networks.
Some industries, such as oil and gas or agrifoods, consume vast amounts of water and can create highly polluted wastewater. SUEZ helps operators in these sectors to reduce their consumption and pollution and reach ‘zero liquid discharge’, developing advanced processes including membrane-based technologies and ozone to eliminate the most resistant pollutants.
Beyond the technical aspects, the distribution of water and sanitation also impacts social and economic aspects of the water management cycle. Our expertise in this area ranges from water demand forecasting to analysis of the socio-economic and environmental impacts of water supply systems and the assessment of consumer behaviour.
Through CIRSEE, we participate in international academic and industry conferences, both scientific and professional, in the areas of water and waste. SUEZ’s experts contribute to these events through publications, posters and presentations, and CIRSEE is widely acknowledged in the scientific community as a leader in the creation of skills and technology.
Centre International de Recherche Sur l’Eau et l’Environnement
38, rue du Président Wilson
78230 Le Pecq
SUEZ’s Bordeaux-based Le LyRE research centre drives innovation in the quantitative and qualitative management of water to mitigate the impact of large cities on their environment.
Centro Tecnológico del Agua
Carretera d’Esplugues, 75
08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona
10991 Leadbetter Road, Suite 600
Ashland, VA 23005
The SWRc works with local partners, including the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park itself, Tongji University and the East China University of Science and Technology, on innovative solutions to treat and manage wastewater discharged by petrochemical industries. It explores new fields of sustainable development by organising research into the reuse of wastewater, the transformation of sludge and energy recovery. This 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
298 Tiong Bahru Road
#12-06 Central Plaza