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The Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a leader in the ‘Internet of Things’ and embedded system design; interconnecting systems of sensors, computers, and controllers with wireless communications. The Centre creates ‘end-to-end’ solutions in hardware to cloud applications, with extensive expertise in prototype development, hardware system design, sensor embedded firmware, software for applications, big data analysis, model predictive control, and wireless sensors systems.

The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC), located within the Nimbus Centre, is a joint venture between Cork City and County Councils and CIT, and was established to address Ireland’s water-related challenges. WSSIC creates an expert resource in modernizing the water infrastructure by taking advantage of Nimbus’ technological knowledge and leveraging both Councils’ experience in water resource operation. WSSIC harnesses state-of-the-art ICT/IoT technology concepts for water quality monitoring, real-time water metering, leakage reporting, remote monitoring, improving water/wastewater treatment efficiencies and much more.

WSSIC has direct access to a real-world test bed cluster called Litmus. Infrastructure available within Litmus include raw water storage facilities, water and wastewater networks, and water and wastewater treatment plant ‘living laboratories’ of varying capacities, located in Cork and throughout Ireland. Nimbus can demonstrate, trial, test, and process prove innovative technologies in these test bed facilities.

The Nimbus Centre is also equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for embedded systems research, development and demonstration. The Centre houses three high-tech laboratory spaces; a knowledge transfer laboratory, projects laboratory, and main laboratory. Nimbus’ water interests are also solidly supported by CIT’s excellent asset resources in the water space.

There is approximately 100 staff at the Nimbus Centre including researchers, scientists and engineers with extensive industrial experience, research and academic staff and students. WSSIC not only have access to the outstanding Nimbus team, but also have a dedicated knowledgeable water team consisting of engineers and scientists with exceptionally strong combined water/wastewater industry experience.

How WSSIC/Nimbus can contribute to H2020 SC5 ‘CIRC-02-2016-2017: Water in the context of the circular economy’:

A) Demonstrating the potential of efficient nutrient recovery from water (2016)


B) Towards the next generation of water systems and services large scale demonstration projects (2017)

Environmental Science/Engineering – WSSIC can develop a life-cycle assessment approach, and implement comprehensive environmental impact and health risk assessment methodologies.
Also technology trialling facilities at wastewater treatment plants can be established for large-scale nutrient recovery demonstration projects for process proving, analysis of results, economic feasibility and cost benefit analysis, and life cycle analysis modelling.

Social Sciences – Nimbus Behavioral/Social Science staff can address issues such as attitudes to and acceptance of recycled products, and address social behavior and acceptability issues through key stakeholder engagement.

ICT/Digital Technology – to enhance systemic approach and move to circular economy. Nimbus can provide ICT skills and digital technology for hardware to cloud applications, sensors and wireless communications networks, data management and data analytics, process control and optimisation.

WSSIC/Nimbus have extensive experience in Literature Review and Project Management.


Water in the context of the circular economy (a) Demonstrating the potential of efficient nutrient recovery from water (IA)


Researcher Aoife Moloney
Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre, The Nimbus Centre
Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown
Cork Cork
Phone: +353 21 4335190
Organisation: Research Organization

Responsible NCP

Alice Wemaere
Environmental Protection Agency
Telephone:+353 1 268 0146