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 top-notch innovative technologies, most of them world firsts, will be selected by an expert jury. The contenders compete for the overall title, and the winner will be revealed during the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition.
Overall winner Aquatech Innovation Award 2019
The overall winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2019 is the Kaumera Nereda Gum, a valuable resource that can be extracted from the wastewater treatment process. A biological raw material, the gum can retain as well as repel water, giving it great potential to be used in agriculture, as well as the paper and construction industries.
“This was by far the biggest innovative step from all of the entries received,” said jury chairman Professor Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. “It’s completely new and hasn’t been done before. In an urbanizing world, it's going to have much impact to help enable a circular economy.”
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Aquatech Innovation Award Categories
- Overall winner
- Category: Innovation – not yet to market
- Category: Process control technology & Process automation
- Category: Transport & storage
- Category: Wastewater treatment
- Category: Water supply (drinking water, clean water, Point-of-Use/Point-of-Entry)
- Special mention
Jury members of the Innovation Award 2019
- Prof.dr.ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
- Ir.C.A. Uijterlinde (Stowa)
- Ir.P. Kamp (retired - formerly PWN Technologies)
- W.F. Volmer BSc (Nmi Certin BV)
- Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education)
- J.S. Vrouwenvelder (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST))
- Prof.dr.ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell)
- Drs. H.J. Gastkemper (Stichting RIONED)
The proceeds of the Aquatech Innovation Award go to: AMREF, Flying Doctors
Aquatech is committed to creating a healthier future for all of us. In light of this principle, the proceeds of Aquatech Innovation Award will be donated to AMREF Flying Doctors, to support their projects in Kenya.
Clean water and safe sanitation in Homa Bay, Kenya
Health organisation Amref Flying Doctors is strongly rooted in Africa. They ensure that in Homa Bay, Kenya 134.000 people with a low income are having toilets and have clean water. Together with their partners they take care of safe toilets, good hygiene and work on sustainable solutions for clean drinking water supply in the communities. The project in Homa Bay is a collaboration between Amref Flying Doctors, Dutch drinking water company Dunea and local water company Homawasco. The project started in 2018 and has a duration of 12 years. Amref Flying Doctors provides the local communities with information about the importance of clean water, good hygiene and safe storage of water in the households. They make sure people understand the importance of a safe toilet and how to purchase one through a small loan. Together with Homawasco, the local water company, Dunea provides the infrastructure, water supply and drainage of the water in the region. By joining forces, they work on a truly sustainable solution for better living conditions in the communities in Kenya.