first_imgWageningen research on reuse of wastewater awarded six million euros Wageningen researcher Huub Rijnaarts’ AquaConnect programme is to receive 4 million euros from the NWO Perspective programme and 2 million euros from companies and societal organisations. AquaConnect focuses on reusing wastewater and brackish water to build up a supply of water for use during periods of drought in the Netherlands. The NWO Perspective programme funds six overarching consortia for a total of 22 million euros.These consortia were selected because they are researching technological innovations with economic potential during the coming years. In addition to the 22 million euros in government funding, the 138 businesses and societal organisations will contribute 10 million euros in private funds.AquaConnectIncreasingly, the Netherlands faces a shortage of freshwater due to severe drought. The broadly based AquaConnect-consortium offers a solution: The researchers aim to deploy novel water purification technologies to reuse wastewater and brackish groundwater. The technology is supported by a system that determines the required water quality for each purpose. This method may then be used by the government in its policymaking. Moreover, the researchers are working on advanced computer models to link water supply and demand through so-called smart water grids that include subterranean water. For four regions, the programme will demonstrate how they may become self-reliant for freshwater. These regions will serve as an example for the rest of the world. A large number of other parties (see window) join Wageningen University & Research in the consortium.PerspectiveThe Perspective programme challenges scientists to develop novel research routes with economic and social impact in collaboration with businesses and civic organisations. This Dutch Research Council (acronym NWO) programme is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The Perspective programme strives to contribute to creating economic opportunities within the key technologies and social themes of the mission-driven innovation policy.From CO2 reduction to organs on a chipThe six granted programmes focus on a new generation of broadband connections, extracting useful products from industrial waste streams, lighter materials for CO2 reduction in transportation, producing parts of human organs on a chip, drought-proof freshwater supplies, and a smarter electricity grid fort he energy transition. The funding will keep the researchers afloat for six years.The composition of the consortia is typical of Perspective. All actors that are required in reaching practically applicable solutions are included. The programme focusing on smart future electricity grids, for example, includes not only technology companies and technical services but also the three largest network businesses in the Netherlands. The researchers in the programme striving to solve the scarcity of freshwater collaborate with engineering offices and water suppliers and water boards, municipalities, and provinces.Overview of parties involvedThese parties are included in the consortium: Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions-AMS, Brabant Water, Deltares, Dow Benelux, Dunea, Evides, Municipality of Amsterdam, Municipality of Terneuzen, GlastuinbouwNL, Port of Rotterdam, HZ University of Applied Sciences, ICT Netherlands B.V., KnowH2O, KWR Water, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands Water Partnership-NWP, North Sea Port, Nijhuis Industrial Technologies, NXFiltration, Oasen, Province of Noord-Brabant, Province of Zeeland, Province of Zuid-Holland, Royal Haskoning DHV, Shell, Stibbe, STOWA, Swinkels, Technical University Delft, Techniscal University Eindhoven, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Twente University, Vitens, Vrije Universiteit, Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen University & Research, Water Alliance, Aa en Maas Water Board, Hoogheemraadschap Holland Noorderkwartier Water Board, Rijn & IJssel Water Board, Scheldestromen Water Board, Vallei & Veluwe Water Board, Vechtstromen Water Board, Witteveen&Bos. /Public Release. 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first_imgMobile games revenue growth remains higher than pre-pandemic levelsBut downloads have fallen lower than they were before March 2020, Sensor Tower reportsMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterWednesday 31st March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareOne year into the COVID-19 crisis, mobile game revenue growth is still higher than it was pre-pandemic, according to Sensor Tower’s latest report.However, the download boost that was experienced from March 2020 was temporary.Downloads fell back to January 2020 levels as early as June, “as consumers looked for new ways to entertain themselves,” the report indicated. Download growth has continued to decline since.Source: Sensor Tower’s COVID-19 App Impact: One Year LaterAll mobile game genres grew in 2020, with strategy titles being the only category where the growth rate wasn’t as high as in 2019, with a 25% increase year-on-year compared to 28% the year before.Social games in general dominated the scene last year, with Roblox and Among Us in particular performing extremely well.Roblox generated the most spending, and was the only mobile game to make over $200 million in player spending in the US in 2020.Looking specifically at performances from Q2 to Q4 2020, Among Us was the clear standout, as you can see in the graph below:Source: Sensor Tower’s COVID-19 App Impact: One Year LaterInterestingly, downloads for hypercasual games, which were previously booming, fell during the pandemic. “The pandemic halted the rapid hypercasual adoption boom seen over the past several years,” Sensor Tower wrote. “With significant reductions in commuting and travel in response to COVID-19, demand for these simple games fell and hypercasual genre downloads decreased year-over-year each quarter between Q2 and Q4 2020.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor An hour agoSupercell ordered to pay Gree $92m in lawsuitJury found developer had infringed on six patents protecting Gree’s technologyBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more