RAI AMSTERDAM | 11 - 14 MAR 2025

Aquatech Innovation Award

It’s all about innovation at Aquatech Amsterdam and to place the innovations of our exhibitors in the spotlight we organise the Aquatech Innovation Awards.

At our InnovationLAB all nominees will be displayed and every innovation which is submitted for the Aquatech Amsterdam Innovation Awards by an exhibitor will be part of the special Aquatech Amsterdam Innovation Route.

After we receive all the entries an expert jury will select a line-up of the most innovative technologies. These nominees will receive global media coverage through our social canals, website, mailings and press releases.  

View the winners of 2023

The Aquatech Innovation Award Categories

  • Water supply (including point-of-use)
  • Waste water treatment
  • Transport and Process & Control
  • Green Chemicals for Water Technology
  • Innovation – not to market yet

The entries will be judged on 3 criteria

  • Originality (50%)
  • Practicality (technical, economical, feasibility, 25%)
  • Sustainability (environment, security, energy, efficiency, 25%)

The Aquatech Innovation Award jury

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. W.M. de Vos (TU Twente)
  • Ir. P. Kamp (PUM Netherlands Senior Experts)
  • Dr. Ir. Wilbert van de Ven EMBA (Grundfos Holding A/S)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell Global Solutions)
  • Ir. C.A. Uijterlinde (STOWA)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education)
  • Prof. Drs. J.S. Vrouwenvelder, PhD (KAUST King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Nijhuis Saur Industries about winning the Aquatech Community Award

"While winning this Community Award we got the attention of all the stakeholders. Because it is a new concept what will help making impact in the world." Nijhuis Saur Industries won the Community Award at the Aquatech Innovation Awards in 2021. 

Aquatech Innovation Award Overall Winner 2023

An autonomous robot that can help utilities map infrastructure and detect faults in drinking water pipes has been crowned the Overall Winner of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Award. The development by Submerge is a result of multiple stakeholders, including Vitens, Brabant Water and Evides.

Known as ‘Autonomic Inspection Robot – Submerge’, the robot can help to detect leaks, corrosions and even be used to map pipe networks to eventually help create a digital twin.

Read Jury Report

Overall winner Aquatech Innovation Awards

Category winners 2023

A total of 12 innovative technologies were nominated from over 50 entries by an expert jury. Category winners and the overall winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2023 were revealed at the opening ceremony of Aquatech Amsterdam.

The category winners are:

  • Wastewater Treatment: EDBM ElectroMembrane Stack - REDstack B.V.
  • Transport and Process & Control: Inline Pipeline Inspection Dashboard - Acquaint
  • Innovation - not yet to market: Blue Energy - REDstack B.V.
  • Water Supply: ClipR - Factorylab B.V.
  • Green Chemicals for Water: NEAT - Sudoc

Aquatech Community Award 2023 goes to...

For the secod time in the history of the Innovation Award, the Aquatech Community Award was organised. Next to the official Jury, water tech professionals voted for their own favourite innovation – the popular vote. The nominee with the highest number of votes is Sanipur for 'Zero.B', they are the winner of the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award.

Community Award WInner Aquatech Innovation Awards