5 - 8 November 2019

Innovations at Aquatech Amsterdam

Aquatech Amsterdam 2017 brought you world-first introductions and new and award-winning products!

For many years now, the Aquatech Innovation Award has been granted to the most innovative product, service or solution in the water industry. A line-up of 14 innovative technologies, most of them world firsts, were selected by an expert jury. The contenders competed for the overall title, and the winner was revealed during the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition on 30 October.

Visitors were able to see all nominees and winners at the InnovationLAB.



Overall winner Aquatech Innovation Award 2017

During the opening of Amsterdam International Water Week, the winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2017 was announced, in presence of prime minister Rutte.

The top spot went to a highly innovative Dutch technology that can recover toilet paper cellulose fibres at sewage treatment plants and produce a marketable cellulose product suitable for use in applications such as road construction.

‘This is a very good example of resource recovery and is a perfect example of the circular economy in action,’ comments Award jury chairman Prof. Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology.


Read the press release on the Aquatech Innovation Awards 2017 »

Read the Aquatech Innovation Award jury report 2017 (PDF) »

Aquatech Innovation Award winner per category

  • Overall winner
    Cellvation cellulose recovery, CirTec B.V.
  • Category: Innovation – not yet to market
    Countinuous Counterflow Adsorber water treatment, Blücher GmbH
  • Category: Process control technology & Process automation
    Satellite remote sensing leak detection, Utilis
  • Category: Transport & storage
    Picoturbine water network energy recovery, Technoturbines S.L.
  • Category: Waste water treatment
    Cellvation cellulose recovery, CirTec B.V.
  • Category: Water treatment
    Closed Circuit Reverse Osmosis treatment technology, Desalitech via Lenntech B.V.
  • Special mention
    DaaS (Data as a Service) for Water Quality Monitoring, s::can Messtechnik GmbH
View all the Aquatech Amsterdam 2017 nominees »

Jury members of the Innovation Award 2017

  • Prof.dr.ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
  • Ir.C. Uijterlinde (Stowa)
  • Ir.P. Kamp (former CTO at PWN Technologies)
  • W.F. Volmer BSc (Nmi Certin BV)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education)
  • M. Kruisweg (Akzo Nobel)
  • Prof.dr.ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell)
  • H. Gastkemper (Stichting RIONED)

The proceeds of the Aquatech Amsterdam Innovation Award go to: AMREF, A healthy future for girls in Kilindi (Tanzania)

RAI Amsterdam is committed to creating a healthier future for all of us. In light of this principle, the proceeds of Aquatech Amsterdam Aquatech Amsterdam Innovation Award will be donated to AMREF Flying Doctors, to support their projects in Kilindi, Tanzania.

The project: A healthy future for girls in Kilindi!
In January 2016 Amref Flying Doctors started a project in Kilindi, a remote area in Tanzania, to improve the health of girls and young women by introducing the alternative rite of passage for female genital cutting and increasing the access to safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene.
The focus of the project is on the empowerment of young girls and decision makers in their community in order to:

  • reduce Female Genital Cutting (FGM) among girls in the Kilindi district (Tanzania);
  • reduce water-, hygiene and sanitation related diseases in communities by increasing access to clean and safe water and reliable sanitation facilities in households and schools;
  • improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of communities to prevent water and sanitation related diseases.
Amref - Flying Doctors Logo
Amref - Masai, Kenya, Mothers heading to clinic for immunisation
Amref - Masai, Kenya - Collecting water
Amref - Masai, Kenya - Young boy drinking water from a mug
Amref - Masai, Kenya - Two women fetching water