Aquatech Innovation Award 2015 winners revealed
DyVaR wastewater treatment system takes first place
The winners of the 2015 Aquatech Innovation Award were announced to an expectant audience at the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and 25th edition of Aquatech Amsterdam, with the overall first place going to an innovative technology able to treat highly saline wastewaters and reclaim almost every drop of water at the same time
The winning entry, the DyVaR process of Dutch company Salttech BV, is of particular relevance to the oil and gas industry and provides a zero liquid discharge treatment option – hence the variant of the technology entered into the competition was named DyVaR O&G ZLD.
The Amsterdam International Water Week and Aquatech was opened in a ceremony with prominent international guests and keynote speakers, including Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister Infrastructure and the Environment, Government of the Netherlands.
An exciting winner
‘I am very excited about the winner,’ says Award jury chair Dr Cees Buisman. Highly saline waters are being produced in the oil and gas sector in increasing quantities. They require treatment to meet environmental regulations and to recover water for reuse, but the high salinity makes this a technically challenging task, especially if it is to be done cost-effectively. ‘The problem of how to get rid of these brines is immense,’ adds Buisman.
Already proven in locations in North America and the Middle East, DyVaR uses evaporative and cyclonic technologies to separate out salts and other components, recovering almost all of the water and making it available for reuse. ‘They solved the problem for any combination of salts, which for many other technologies is not possible,’ says Buisman.
Corrosion is one aspect of the challenge of dealing with highly saline waters. ‘They solved this by using polymer materials,’ says Buisman, adding that the other key aspect is scaling, which has been solved by the use of cyclones. ‘That combination is a very big innovation, and it is also being recognised by the market in terms of orders,’ he says, adding: ‘As jury chairman, I am very proud that such an innovative company won.’
Aquatech Innovation Award 2015 – the results
Overall winner, and category winner Waste water treatment
DyVaR O&G ZLD, Salttech BV
Category winner Not-yet-to-market
PearlAqua by AquiSense Technologies - a world-first UV LED water disinfection system from US company AquiSense Technologies
Category winner Process control technology & Process Automation
Hach Prognosys predictive diagnostic system by Hach - an instrument predictive diagnostic system
Category winner Transport & Storage
AQS-SYS, Aquarius Spectrum Ltd. - an automated system for detecting when leaks develop in supply networks from Israeli company Aquarius Spectrum
Category winner Water supply / water treatment
MPC-Buoy: Monitor, Predict & Control Algal Blooms by LG Sonic BV - an ultrasonic system for treating algal blooms from Dutch company LG Sonic
The Aquatech Innovation Award continues to grow in size and in terms of its status. More than 70 companies entered this year’s competition, all hoping to win top place in this prestigious water industry award. The jury panel assessed entrants on the basis of originality, practicality, and sustainability, and the number of nominees put forward by the jury as finalists also represented an increase, due in particular to a strong showing by smaller companies. Furthermore, solutions of the nominees deal with some of the most pressing concerns of the sector. ‘It is satisfying to see that the Aquatech Innovation Award and those who are seeking to win it are matching the trends in the water sector,’ says Buisman.
Visitors to Aquatech Amsterdam and the Amsterdam International Water Week will be able to find out more about the winning entries this week at the new InnovationLAB feature in the exhibition, part of an increased focus on innovation at the show. There they will be able to see these latest developments – among them European- and world-first showings – to get an insight into technologies that will help shape the future of the sector.
About 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, the USA, China and India. 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. More information can be found at www.aquatechtrade.com.
Details of the new products and services that will be on show at Aquatech, including those of the entrants and nominees in the Aquatech Innovation Award, can be found at: www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdam/innovation/new-products.
Aquatech support AMREF
Proceeds from the Aquatech Innovation Award go to the AMREF Sustainable water access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya project. This aims to reduce the number of water-related diseases among the Masai by improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The project will bring access to safe water for approximately 50,000 people. Approximately 16,500 people will gain access to sanitation and will be informed about the importance of good personal hygiene.
About 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, the USA, China and India. 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. More information can be found at www.aquatechtrade.com. Aquatech Amsterdam will take place 3-4-5-6 November 2015 in RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, the Netherlands.
About Salttech BV:
Salttech is an innovative high tech company with its origin in The Netherlands operating internationally. As a member of Dutch Water Technologies Group (DWT), Salttech is rapidly expanding its reference base in various industries and municipalities all over the world. Applications include food industry, drinking water and up- and downstream process industries. All activities within the DWT Group are based on a proprietary knowledge base developed over the years for effective and responsible water treatment. Together with Salttech’s sister companies, Aqana and Biotrack within the DWT Group, key drivers in the group’s technology development program are setting new green standards for water treatment both providing technologies, as well as monitoring tools, implementing next generation technologies for today’s industries.
At the WaterCampus in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, years of research led to development of Salttech and the other companies grouped under “Dutch Water Technologies”.