Aquatech Innovation Award Winners Announced

Aquatech Innovation Award Winners Announced

Among the winners of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Awards were a biological gum, a nanobubble technology and an Internet of Things and Big Data platform.

The winners were announced during the official opening of the Amsterdam International Water Week Nov. 4. This year, the organizers introduced the Innovation Award Dinner where the winners presented to an audience of 250 water technology innovators.

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. 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,” says jury chairman Cees Buisman, scientific director of Wetsus, a European center 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.”

Kaumera won the Not-Yet-to-Market category along with the overall award. The development of Kaumera is the result of collaboration between multiple stakeholders.

Other categories and winners included:

Process Control Technology & Process Automation — GoAigua’s IoT and Big Data platform, GoAigua
This entry is very relevant, with the Internet of Things 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.

Wastewater Treatment — 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 needed around the world and that this solution is innovative due to the solvent dosing, as well as being sustainable for claiming 90% less energy use.

Water Supply — 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.

Special Mention — Sewtree, ATB WATER GmbH
Sewtree is a natural purification and buffering system for stormwater runoff that provides safe wastewater treatment in urban areas and 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.


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