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In the context of its annual stakeholder event, Water Innovation Europe 2015: The role of water in the circular economy, WssTP hosted with great success the second edition of its WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards, last evening at the Diamant Centre in Brussels.
We are now delighted to announce that the 4 winners of WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards 2015 are:
The WssTP Working Group Techwatch together with the WssTP Innovation and Technology Advisory Board( iTAB) chose 4 outstanding applications on the basis of their innovation, market potential and exploitation strategy. The 4 winning SMEs have got 2 years free WssTP membership, advertisement through WssTP website and social media, as well as a trophy.The innovations of the 4 winning SMEs were identified, as the best practices in their field of application with high market potential.
Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. (“RME”) from Ireland is commercializing the world’s first wave-driven desalination system (trade named “Wave2OTM”) that operates solely on mechanical power and thus requires no connections to an electrical grid. Wave2OTM is tailored to the needs of coastal communities in water scarce area where a solution to persistent water shortages is urgently needed and where Wave2OTM has the unique advantage of filling a large gap in the market between utility-scale and micro-scale fresh water production systems. Wave2OTM consists of several wave energy converters deployed close to shore that pressurize seawater which is piped ashore to drive a seawater reverse-osmosis desalination system. The brine (saline byproduct of the RO process) is fully diluted before it is returned to sea and thus does not harm the environment.
SansOx is a startup company from Finland that provides optimal oxygenation solutions for several branches of water treatment such as drinking water production, fish farming and industrial water processing. This year, SansOx was awarded for its SaoxFuge technology which works on the principal that a spiral flow in the tube creates a strong centrifugal force. This causes the particles of the material to become organized into layers according to their sediment order. Particles in liquid become organized according to their specific gravity so that heavier particles move towards the outer screen of the tube. Saoxfuge is a big step towards more effective water treatment and energy savings.
Through research and collaboration BWA is looking for new ways to solve existing problems in a more sustainable and economical way. Waste recycling, re-use of materials and recovery of low-grade energy are central in all its solutions. BWA is worldwide active in the municipal and industrial market and focuses mainly on the treatment of wastewater, drinking- and process water, biosolids, sludge and gasses. Separation and thickening of solids and liquids are part of BWA’s core activities.
BWA was awarded for its innovative concept on recovery of suspended solids from raw wastewater on the basis of particle size. In comparison to common solids separation (pre-sedimentation tanks) on the basis of density, the positive impact on downstream processes is significant. An existing finescreen technology is adapted and optimized for this new application. BWA innovation is universally applicable and can therefore be applied on almost all biological municipal waste water treatment plants (WWTP). More information.
CARDPool is an independent startup focused on the development, design and manufacture of processing equipment for microbiological decontamination of fluids. It specialises in the development of composite materials (ceramics based) with super germicides surfaces, which currently represents a technological breakthrough without parallel in the field of microbiological treatment.After 3 years of research and 2 years of full-scale validation, CARDPool designed and manufactured in France the NEWATER system for the decontamination of water SPA. This system disinfects the water without adding any chemicals, without any additional power consumption and without any regular procedure; the new system significantly differs from all other techniques currently applied.
Acoustic Sensing Technology from the UK has developed SewerBatt, which uses an acoustic method for pre-screening and quickly detecting sewer faults. SewerBatt is an innovative product that rapidly assesses the serviceability level of sewers. The SewerBatt survey takes a few minutes to measure the acoustic signature of the pipeline and requires access though one chamber only. If SewerBatt finds that the pipe is serviceable then no further survey is required and the time and expense of CCTV survey can be avoided. If SewerBatt finds the pipe to be unserviceable than the faults identified can then be further investigated using conventional sewer CCTV survey techniques.
There is an economic case for proactive maintenance of certain areas of the gravity sewer network to maintain or improve service (E.g. internal & external flooding, surcharging and pollution). The identification of these areas is either done through analysis of historic data to identify ‘hotspots’ and / or development of sophisticated statistical models to identify areas that are likely to have poor service in the future. The resolution of these targeting models range from 1km grid squares to individual pipe level. CCTV surveys are then targeted at these areas to confirm the exact location of the investment need to prevent future service failures. For more information, please click here.
Bactest’s Shepherd is an innovation for the treatment of activated sludge. Shepherd is an Activated Sludge Monitoring and Management System that floats in an activated sludge lane and automatically samples every 60 minutes calculating an accurate BOD5 proxy every hour. This is displayed on the control panel adjacent to Shepherd so operators can take action to reduce aeration. Shepherd can also identify toxic events. Shepherd is suitable for industrial or municipal waste water monitoring.
Shepherd recommends reduced aeration through continuous monitoring of the microbial activity and organic loading in terms of BOD5, calculating the oxygen requirement in the ASP and converting this to a recommended air flow reflecting the actual requirement of the process in real time. This means that the process can be fine-tuned to reduce the energy input to meet the demand whilst giving vital assurance of the well-being of the microbiological process and biomass.
Shepherd’s method of monitoring microbial activity is based on Bactest’s patented “CYTOMAIA” technology while a further six patent applications cover novel respirometry methods, sensing technology, sampling methods and algorithms. For more information, please click here.
Grafysorber is an innovative, ecological and effective solution for oils and hydrocarbons removal from contaminated water. The proposed solution is based on a revolutionary adsorbent material’s family (Graphene Plus Basic – G+ Basic), made up of pristine graphene nanoplatelets, which are connected by the edges to form a porous and highly hydrophobic structure that are responsible of the unique adsorption capacity. Grafysorber is produced starting from natural graphite, through rapid thermal process based on a patented technology entirely developed by Directa Plus, which can be scaleup in function of market’s needs.
If compared with competitive materials and equipment actually on the market, Grafysorber presents the following advantages:
Grafysorber has been promoted by a Directa Plus project (GEnIuS – Graphene EcoInnovative Sorbent – ECO/12/332920), which is co-founded by the European Union inside the program Eco-Innovation. The project, which started in June 2013 and ended in June 2015, has been selected by the European Commission as one of the most successful Eco-innovative projects. For more information, please click here. For more information, please click here.
With 35 years of expertise in waste and (waste)water management, the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology (UEST) applies innovative solutions, promoting resource efficiency, increased water recycling in industries, as well as water management solutions to municipalities. GReen Desalination comprises the most advanced technology of UEST. It is a near-market solution that can be applied as an end-of-pipe equipment to existing desalination plants.
The desalination process involves a lot of wastewater that is currently discharged into water bodies, causing environmental degradation, while its energy and resources content goes wasted. These raw materials are leaking today from our economies and can create significant business opportunities, both in and outside EU. GReen Desalination comprises an advanced technology that can: (a) provide a near-market solution to the complex issue of sustainable brine handling, (b) improve the efficiency and overall costs of desalination; and (c) recover raw materials. Through continuous 5-year research and development, this water solution has achieved high technology readiness level. A brine treatment system has been also demonstrated successfully at pilot scale, in the framework of an EU-funded project with the acronym SOL-BRINE (LIFE09 ENV/GR/000299). For more information, please click here.
The Hydrowashr is an integrated solution for hand washing and drying. The user keeps his hands in the “wash and dry basin”. Sensors detect the hands and billions of microscopically small droplets of pure warm water in extremely fast air flow clean the skin. Thereafter the hands are dried with warm air. In 20 seconds the hands are clean, dry, warm and comfortably soft. Per hour, more than 120 users can clean their hands with one Hydrowashr. A traditional was cycle takes twice this time. Moreover with a traditional was cycle the washroom befouls with soap scum, water splashes and towels. With a Hydrowashr the washroom remains hygienically clean and dry. For more information, please click here.
Eau de Paris and IKT discussed new options for developing the MAC system further. Eau de Paris shared their knowledge and experience with IKT, and IKT invested in new techniques to develop the MAC system further.
The developments objectives of IKT new Mac device are:
IKT is a neutral, independant and non-profit institute. IKT has a unique testing hall, together with further outdoor testing facilities. IKT focuses on the needs of Utilities, Water Assocations and municipalities. More than 130 members are organized in the so called „IKT-Association of Network
Operators“. Members are e.g. the Cities and Water Companies of Hamburg, Munich,Berlin and Cologne. For more information, please click here.
Optiqua has developed a monitoring solution that offers the capabilities required for effective drinking water quality monitoring within the distribution network. This solution is based on a two tiered approach, with two sensor system based one common optical detection technology.
Drinking water quality monitoring in the distribution network sensor specific issues (matrix interference, aging, and calibration issues) that reduce their sensitivity and increase their operational footprint. The use of highly sensitive refractive index measurements by Optiqua, the EventLab product, offers a solution to this monitoring challenge: it combines full coverage of chemical drinking water constituents (including all organic molecules) with a robust and easy to maintain sensor platform, which requires no calibration and uses no consumables.
Step two in the firewall functionality is the identification of events using an optical sensor chip with a biochemical interface containing binding receptors, MiniLab. MiniLab is designed to provide a nonlaboratory based system for rapid identification of pre-defined contaminants in water at a parts per billion to parts per trillion range of sensitivity.
Both EventLab and MiniLab will benefit from their potential for dual use. The online component (EventLab) is applicable to water distribution network management using smart water networks, an area currently receiving a lot of interest.For more information, please click here.
RainSafe has developed and patented a technology to treat, store, monitor and distribute pressurised water to drinking water quality. It’s simple to use and has low running costs as it performs complex tasks under continuous Wi-Fi enabled supervision. Probes in the water tank measure water quality every 5 seconds.
It enables all types of buildings, anywhere in the works, to augment their municipal water supply with alternative sources – ground water and harvested rainwater when and where they are available. Additionally, if the quality of the incoming municipal supply is irregular, it will re-treat this water at point of entry to the building.
Being a modular plug & play system, each machines treatment capacity of 20 l/m (27m3/day) can be multiplied by joining systems together. It is the size of a European Fridge Freezer and each module can store 230 litres of treated water.
The treatment process employed does not require the addition of any chemicals. Water is treated in four key steps; neutralisation of pH at the inlet filter, UV pathogen destruction (bacteria, virus cysts and bacteriological contaminants), flocculation of particulates and residual sanitisation through ozone infusion and finally removal of flocculated particles and re-oxygenation of residual ozone at the outlet carbon filter. For more information, please click here.
Save Innovations launches its first product which demonstrates the performance of its technology: the H240 hydrogenerator for cruising sailboats which is able to supply in navigation up to 500 W of renewable low-voltage power to recharge the service batteries.
It proves the high-efficency of save Innovations’ innovative solution:
For more information about Save Innovations’ product, please click here.
VWM has developed measurement devices for fully automated microbiological online monitoring. The measurement devices named ColiMinder™ are capable of measuring the microbiological contamination level of water for different target organisms, through their specific enzymatic activity. The measurement is performed fully automated and the measurement time of 15 minutes is followed by a 15 min self-cleaning cycle.
The following microbiological measurement parameters are available:
Additional microbiological parameters are under development. For more information, please click here.
With its new nanotechnology UV-LEDs, Watersprint has developed and produced small and efficient water disinfection products eliminating Bacteria, Virus and Protozoa and creating safe drinking and shower water.
Using a unique combination of UV-LED technology and SW control Watersprint manages to eliminate the water problems both in showers and in drinking water
These products have now been installed at customer sites and one which had severe legionella problems in the showers, it has now been legionella free over the last 12 months (<1cfu/100ml).
For more information, please click here.
Taking a different approach from the Collective treatment of wastewaters, the CEBRE is a tool for biological treatment of purification of domestic waste water, which works with an invisible, specific and dominating element that is the bacterium of biological breakdown that one can find in the basic principle of operation of the process “Biological Pit” Lyse Concept.
The CEBRE eliminates very easily and quickly a diffuse pollution from waste waters by individual biological treatment contrary to the collecting system of the collective cleansing which by the regrouping of the aforesaid pollution, in a given place, a strong concentration of that generates Ci, making it impossible to eliminate in time and hour limited by the flow.
A saving in 100 billion € over 10 years.
For more information, please click here.
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