BREAKING NEWS: Winners Aquatech Innovation Award announced

BREAKING NEWS: Winners Aquatech Innovation Award announced

Sunday, 3 November 2019

A biological gum, IoT and Big Data platform and nanobubble technology are among the winners of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Awards. Showcasing water technology developments with the potential to create real change, the awards recognize world-class innovation and technologies in the global water market. The overall winner of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Award is the Kaumera Nereda Gum, a valuable resource that can be extracted from the wastewater treatment process.

And the winner is…

The overall winner of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Award 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.”

The development of Kaumera is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders: Royal HaskoningDHV, TU Delft, STOWA (Stichting Toegepast Onderzoek Waterbeheer), the Vallei en Veluwe Water Authority, the Rijn en IJssel Water Authority, Chaincraft and the Energy and Raw Materials Factory (EFGF).

Kaumera Nereda Gum, Royal HaskoningDHV
Demonstrating modern resource recovery, Kaumera is one of the potential valuable products to originate from the wastewater treatment process. What impressed the judges was an entire factory is being built – demonstrating faith in the market potential, as well as the resource. The Gum was called "high impact and very innovative" by the judges.

GoAigua’s IoT and Big Data platform, GoAigua
This entry is very relevant, with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data currently in demand and digitization becoming a key driver for water utilities. The jury commented that the solution was not only "user-friendly" but also that the platform is unique because it can connect with many different platforms and systems.

ABX, Aquafortus Technologies Limited
This technology is a novel solvent extraction solution that crystallizes out salts from brine while recovering the water for reuse. The jury remarked that brine treatment solutions are need around the world and that this solution is innovative due to the solvent dosing, as well as being sustainable with 90 per cent claimed less energy use.

MPC Nanobubble, LG Sonic algae control
MPC is the first nanobubble system that increases oxygen levels in lakes based on real-time data on a movable pontoon. The jury was impressed by the simplicity and low energy requirements of the nanobubble application, calling it a “very elegant solution”. The combination with solar energy means the impact of this innovation is high, the jury remarked.

Sewtree, ATB WATER GmbH
Sewtree is a natural purification and buffering system for stormwater run-off that provides safe wastewater treatment in urban areas/large cities. By using plants to transport, filter and purify water, the system is “attractive and innovative”, the jury commented. They added that Sewtree has the potential to create high impact by making water treatment visible, offering social relevance and community value.

Innovation Award Dinner

The winners were announced during the official Opening of the Amsterdam International Water Week on Monday November 4. This year, the organisers introduced the Innovation Award Dinner where the winners presented to a captive audience of 250 water technology innovators.

Jury members of the Innovation Award 2019

  • 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 Technology)
  • J.S. Vrouwenvelder (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST))
  • A.J.H. Janssen (Shell)
  • Drs. H.J. Gastkemper (Stichting RIONED)

Supporting AMREF Flying Doctors

Aquatech Amsterdam donates the registration fees received from entrants to the Aquatech Innovation Award to AMREF Flying Doctors in support of a special project Clean water and safe sanitation in Homa Bay, Kenya. Health organisation Amref Flying Doctors is strongly rooted in Kenya. They ensure that in Homa Bay 134,000 people with a low income will use toilets and have clean drinking water. They take care of good toilets, hygiene and work on sustainable solutions for clean drinking water supply in the communities.

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