WeCo is fully committed to an environmentally responsible approach and aims to contribute to the energy transition by offering a system which enables anyone to save water thanks to its public toilet.
With this in mind, we have chosen to establish a network of partners, including both public and private entities, sharing the same sustainable goal.
Alstom, one of the world leader in rail manufacturing, has concluded a cooperation with the French start-up WeCo to develop the trains of the future with ecological toilets where maintenance is highly limited and the waste recycled.
The industrial know-how of this large CAC 40 company that decided to co-develop with WéCo a new toilet technology for embedded systems, brings to WéCo valuable industrial and technological expertise.
WeCo is supported by the Île-de-France region as part of the Innov’Up experimentation program. WeCo is a member of the Paris Ile-de-France Region club, which includes 4,000 SMEs and 1,000 start-ups in the Paris region. In June 2018 a meeting was held with the President of the Île-de-France Region, who was very interested in the toilet systems developed by WéCo.
Climate-KIC: created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, this public-private partnership is promoting initiatives involved in the fight against the climate change, sustainable development in cities, and management and control of water resources. Climate-KIC is European most important public-private partnership. WeCo was honored to win the 2017 Climate-KIC’s award.
The California Institute of Technology or Caltech is a private American college. It was within its research department that the purification technology by electrolysis used by WéCo was developed. A license agreement has been entered into by Caltech and WeCo. Thus, WéCo is able to use this technology on the European market.
Its aim is to support the most innovative projects, to create and host a reference directory, to provoke and spread scientific research and training on an integrated approach to towns and finally to support French know-how worldwide.
WeCo is an active member of the board of the IVD and is the only start up among the members, comprising multi-nationals and ministries.
The Cluster Water-Environments – Soilsis an association (NGO) of the Île-de-France Region whose aim is to build a dynamic of innovation in the fields of water, environment and ecosystems. soils. Initiated in the Val-de-Marne (France), the Cluster Water-Environments – Soils is a cluster of regional dimension. However, it builds a dynamic of innovation in cooperation with all the main players in the Paris region and the countries concerned. As an active member of the EMS Cluster, WeCo is also a member of the national France Water Team network, which groups together all the clusters in the water sector in France. WeCo is a member of the board of directors of Cluster Water-Environments – Soils.
Located in Paris Seine-Amont, the Matériaupôle is a cluster grouping different companies, research laboratories, territorial agencies and project developers, all involved in materials and processes.
Having our office within their building offers us the great advantage to be in permanent contact with providers with whom we share common goals and interests. They are able to provide us their help and advice on both financial and technical aspects.
One of our container can be visited there.
DM Constructions is a French company with headquarters near Paris, specialized for more than thirty years in sea containers reconditioning. Their competences and experience allows of space-saving optimization, so that WeCo’s technology can be incorporated in perfect conditions. Their use of high quality materials ensures the longevity and reliability of our equipments.
WeCo is advised by Benkei, an experienced consulting boutique for innovation on new technologies for autonomous sewage treatment, whether by biological or electrochemical treatment.
Benkei has a particular expertise in open and collaborative innovation, and in setting up and managing collaborative projects (H2020, ANR, FUI, EUROSTARS, SME Instrument, etc.) in Europe and France.
Benkei accompanies WeCo in the implementation of European projects in particular (Eurostars, SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation) and participation in type innovation and green competitions such as ADEME, PIA or other international prizes.
The 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etiennewas dedicated to the evolution in work. It welcomed WéCo as an official partner of this internationally reaching event. The first prototype of WeCo’s public toilet was introduced and successfully made available to the public at this event.
Eawagis one of the worldwide leaders in water research. They are supporting us with their knowledge and advice. We expect to be able to test their VUNA technology in our toilet.
The Saint-Etienne metropole, appointed as a UNESCO City of design in 2010, gave us the possibility to use its territory as an experimental field for our products. We also have one of our offices located in Saint-Etienne. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Saint-Etienne, the Cité du Design, the Art and Design School (ESADSE), the first prototype of WeCo’s public toilet was successfully made available to the public at the 2017 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne.
SuSanA is an international alliance whose members share the same vision of viable sustainable sanitation solutions of the future. This association is a bridge between the experiences in the field and a community comprising professionals, public officials, researchers and academic from a variety of backgrounds. Its aim is to promote innovation and best practice in terms of policies, programs and implementation. The WeCo project fully adheres to this ethos.
Club ADEME International gathers innovative French SMEs and agencies interested in international development. This network allows its member to exchange with public entities in charge of foreign trade or with environmental and energy experts.
The Pôle Écoconception is a European and international network which promotes the development of eco-design, i.e. consideration from the outset of the environmental consequences, at all stages from design to the end user. WeCo is fully in line with this movement and considers all of these values in the development of its product.
WeCo is a member of GRAIE the Rhône-Alpes Research Group on Infrastructures and Water.
As NGO, the GRAIE is the research group, technical animation and information on water. It mobilizes and connects actors in the management of water, aquatic environments and urban development.
Created in 1985, the GRAIE brings together more than 300 members: public and private professionals, cities, companies and research laboratories in four themes: water in the city, water and health, aquatic environments and sanitation.
WeCo is involved in the sanitation groups of GRAIE as major actor of non-sewered or autonomous sanitation with the development of its non sewered sanitation systems.
The GRAIE provides technical and scientific responses to assist communities in the implementation of sanitation regulations in the region.
GRAIE leads four working groups on sanitation:
self-monitoring of sanitation networks and systems,
non-sewered sanitation .
GRAIE animates the regional charter for quality non-collective sanitation. It carries similar dynamics on two other themes, related to sanitation but grouped under the generic term “Water in the city”: rainwater management and the transfer of water and sanitation skills.
Today, GRAIE is identified as a relevant contributor to the public authorities – in particular the Ministries in charge of Ecology and Health – for consultations on the regulation, definition and implementation of national plans for sanitation (such as micro pollutants).
WeCo is a member of the Ecological Sanitation Network (RAE), a collective of associations, design offices, companies and individuals, active in the promotion and implementation of ecological and sustainable sanitation systems. Since 2009, the RAE has been identified by institutions and sanitation professionals as a key interlocutor. Ecological and sustainable sanitation is based on the following principles:
Reduce pollution upstream
Reduce the health and environmental risk
To be accessible to all, culturally, socially, technically and economically
Empower the individual
For this it relies on the following concepts:
To consider the subjects in a differentiated way
Treat and valorize residues
Use techniques with low energy balance
Have a local approach
While ecological sanitation has historically been equated with dry toilets, WeCo has decided to join the RAE to provide its expertise in innovation related to ecological and sustainable sanitation, and to propose innovative alternatives with its waste recycling systems by biological and electrochemical treatment .