Our company, WeCo, wants to be part of an eco-responsible approach, and participates in energy transition, by proposing a reliable and affordable industrial system that allows significant water savings in the area of public toilets.
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 WeCo a new toilet technology for embedded systems, brings to WeCo 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 WeCo.
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.
California Institute of Technology or (Caltech) is a private American university and one of the largest global research centers. After winning the first prize of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Reinvent toilets Challenge, Caltech has developed in its R & D center the technology of black water purification by electrolysis of wastewater from toilets. WeCo and Caltech have been collaborating since 2016 to test, develop and make industrial this technology originally developed in the Caltech laboratory.
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.
WeCo is a member of the HYDREOS cluster working on the development of the water sector in France, with the aim of bringing together and developing a community and innovative solutions for water networks, the intelligent management of water infrastructure and biodiversity. It promotes the emulation of collaborative innovation know-how for sustainable solutions, and international development. HYDREOS supports its members in the implementation of actions for the sustainable improvement of water in all its forms. Its members are companies, communities and research laboratories.
Hydreos merged with 2 other networks to create the France Water Team, the French Export brand of companies in the water sector.
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.
The 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etiennewas dedicated to the evolution in work. It welcomed WeCo 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.
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.
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.
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.
While ecological sanitation has historically been equated with dry toilets, WeCo has decided to join the RAE to benefit from the expertise and strong involvement for a better sustainable sanitation of its members and to provide its expertise in innovation related to sustainable sanitation, propose innovative alternatives with its waste recycling systems by biological and electrolysis treatment.