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 on 4 November.
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.
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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: Waste water 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 (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Technology)
- 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 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.