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.
The Aquatech Innovation Awards recognises world-class innovation and technologies that have the potential to move the global water market forward.
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 2021 were revealed at the opening ceremony of Aquatech Amsterdam.
The category winners are:
- Wastewater Treatment: CLC for decentralised water provision - Nijhuis Saur Industries & Semilla Sanitation
- Transport and Process & Control: Live KEY - Hawle Service GmbH.
- Innovation - not yet to market: Autonomic Inspection Robot - Submerge
- Water Supply: BIO-310 UV LED Reactor - Typhon Treatment Systems Ltd.
- Green Chemicals for Water: Wasser 3.0 detect | remove | reuse - Wasser 3.0 GmbH
“One of the most important trends we witnessed in this year’s Innovation Award entries was the availability and adoption of smart technologies,” commented jury chairman Professor Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, the European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology.
Buisman said the high level and the number of innovations provided real hope for the water sector.
“We’ve had almost two years of the coronavirus crisis, yet we still received more than 50 new entries," added Buisman. “This is a positive sign of how innovative the water sector continues to be. It’s remarkable how engaged so many people are to keep innovating to solve water challenges.”
Aquatech Community Award goes to...
For the first 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 Nijhuis Saur Industries & Semilla Sanitation for 'CLC for decentralised water provision', they are the winner of the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award.
Editha Hoogenberg-Derksen, Director Aquatech Amsterdam, added: “Innovation is always centre stage at Aquatech Amsterdam and our Innovation Awards embody this. We’re so proud of the number of entries this year. Congratulations to all of the winners!”
All nominees can be found in the InnovationLAB in Hall 5.
About Aquatech Amsterdam 2021
Aquatech Global Events announced in May that its flagship show will be back LIVE in Amsterdam this November, revealing a strategic plan to get back to doing valuable, in-person meetings and business in a way that keeps everyone safe.
RAI Amsterdam will be deploying a robust and comprehensive protocol to enable a safe and comfortable return to in-person meetings. The top priority of Aquatech is to offer the best water opportunities in a safe environment and present the first international tradeshow on all aspects of water in almost two years.
Upcoming eventsAquatech Innovation Forum 2021 | 1 November 2021
Aquatech Amsterdam 2021 | 2-3-4-5 November 2021
Aquatech China 2021 | 8-9-10 June 2022
Aquatech Mexico 2021 | 6-7-8 September 2022