Breakthrough technologies announced as finalists for Innovation Award 2017

Breakthrough technologies announced as finalists for Innovation Award 2017


World-first solutions revealed as contenders for prestigious international water prize

A line-up of 14 innovative technologies, most of them world firsts, has been selected by an expert jury from a record number of entries to this year’s Aquatech Innovation Award to be put forward as contenders for the overall title, the winner of which will be revealed at the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition on 30 October.

‘This year we had 78 entries, the highest number ever,’ comments jury chairman Professor Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. ‘Aquatech Amsterdam itself is growing, and it is fantastic to see the Awards growing with it,’ he adds.

Entries to the award were submitted across five categories. The jury identified nominees from each category to be considered as candidates for the overall prize. ‘The jury needed a lot of discussion this year to make the selection as the top 20% of entries were really strong,’ says Buisman.

The nominees have been chosen from entries representing increasingly diverse technologies. ‘The water technology field normally focuses on areas such as biology and chemistry,’ says Buisman. ‘One entrant uses space technology to look for water leakage on Earth – that surprised us in the jury. We saw more entries reflecting the whole trend of big data and computerisation, which is entering the sector slowly but surely,’ he adds. He notes also a trend towards reducing chemical use in wastewater treatment in order to achieve more sustainable solutions.

The Aquatech Innovation Award has five categories: Innovation – not yet to market; Process control technology & Process automation; Transport & storage; Waste water treatment; and Water treatment (drinking water, clean water, including point of use). The judging criteria are originality (50%), practicality (25%) and sustainability (25%). One winner selected from the nominees will be announced for each category, and one of these category winners will be announced as the overall winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2017.

The nominees for the 2017 Aquatech Innovation Award are:

Category: Innovation – not yet to market
• Bi-directional tidal turbine, Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis
• Continuous Counterflow Adsorber water treatment, Blücher GmbH
• Hydraloop residential water system, Hydraloop International B.V.

Category: Process control technology & Process automation
• Easychem TOX Early Warning water analyser, Systea S.p.A.
• Sand-Cycle sand filter monitor, Brightwork B.V.
• Satellite remote sensing leak detection, Utilis

Category: Transport & storage
• Flygt Concertor intelligent wastewater pumping, Xylem Water Solutions Nederland B.V.
• Picoturbine water network energy recovery, Technoturbines S.L.

Category: Waste water treatment
• Cellvation cellulose recovery, CirTec B.V.
• Genius total manure solution, Nijhuis Industries
• Curly membrane Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor, OxyMem

Category: Water treatment (drinking water, clean water, including point of use)
• Closed Circuit Reverse Osmosis treatment technology, Lenntech B.V.
• IroxFlotation dissolved iron removal, SansOx Ltd
• Sheaf Filter chemical-free thread filtration, Maagan Filtration

Supporting AMREF Flying Doctors

Aquatech Amsterdam donates the registration fees received from entrants to the Aquatech Innovation Award to AMREF Flying Doctors. This will support a project AMREF Flying Doctors started in January 2016 in Kilindi, a remote area in Tanzania. The project aims to: reduce Female Genital Cutting (FGM) among girls in the Kilindi district; 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; and improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of communities to prevent water and sanitation related diseases.

More information on all nominees can be found here:


The Amsterdam International Water Week
For the fourth time Aquatech is part of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) a divers platform for water professionals around the world including a conference, a young professionals programme, social events and – new this year – Floodex Europe Launch Event. This last event covers water level management and flood control and consists of a compact programme, with four elements, a tour, a knowledge programme, a networking gathering and a site visit.

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Aquatech Global Events

Established in 1964, Aquatech Global Events organises the world’s leading trade events in the process, drinking and waste water technology sectors in Europe, China and Mexico. The well-established format covers the following segments: Transport and Storage, Water Treatment, Point of Use, Process Control and Technology & Process Automation. Aquatech Global Events are visited by professionals from all parts of the water industry and attract policy-makers, top-level businesses, specialists, and those who apply the technology in practice.

Upcoming events

Aquatech Amsterdam 2017: 31 October, 1-2-3 November 2017
Amsterdam International Water Week 2017: 30 October, 1-2-3 November 2017
Floodex Europe Launch Event 2017: 31 October 2017
Aquatech China 2018: 31 May-2 June 2018
Aquatech Mexico 2018: 4-6 September 2018

About RAI Amsterdam

Bringing together people, both physically and virtually, expands borders... it inspires! RAI Amsterdam has been bringing different worlds, people and markets together, at home and abroad, since 1893. The RAI is an international exhibition and convention company which organises events in the Netherlands and abroad and operates the RAI Convention Centre in the business district of Amsterdam. The RAI welcomes around 1.5 million visitors a year to approximately 500 events such as exhibitions, conventions and corporate and other events. The company also provides event-related services to organisers, exhibitors and visitors. For more information, visit

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