WssTP is glad to announce the 4 winners of the WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards 2014:
- Amphiro from Switzerland,
- LG Sound from the Netherlands,
- Oxymen from Ireland, and
- Sansox Oy from Finland.
For the 2014 edition of the WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards, 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.
Among the submitted technologies for the WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards were: graphene sorbent, knowledge management tools, network of drinking water stations, monitoring and control platforms, efficient water management in agriculture, water treatment flight simulator, crowd sourced water quality monitoring and micribiological water quality monitoring.
The innovations of the 4 winning SMEs were identified, as the best practices in their field of application with high market potential.
The winners were honoured during the first day of the Water Innovation Europe 2014 conference which was held under the title ‘ Water in Europe: Green Tape or Blue Gold?’ on 25th and 26th of June at the Diamant Centre in Brussels.
From left to right, representatives of ΟχyMen, LG Sound, Sansox Oy and Αmphiro
Amphiro (Switzerland) is a start-up company which operates in the field of smart water metering. Amphiro brings ICT to the high volume market of showerheads, bathroom and kitchen faucets. The Amphiro A1 is an innovative component that fits well between a shower hose and a showerhead. There is a self-powered water meter that displays the water consumption and the energy consumption which promotes energy saving in households. The smart shower monitor has been tested in 700 households in Switzerland.
LG Sound(The Netherlands) produces algae control devices that emit ultrasound sounds to control common algae including the toxic blue-green algae. Recently, a new device, the MPC-Buoy, has been developed within the FP7 program, which builds on water quality monitoring, prediction of algae blooms, and control of algae. This technology is successfully installed on different locations.
OxyMem (Ireland) has developed the OxyMem technology, a Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor which is capable of achieving up to 95% oxygen transfer efficiency in waste water treatment. OxyMem, a patented technology, does not rely on a bubble to transfer oxygen. OxyMem uses gas permeable membranes, which allow oxygen to be transferred directly to the wastewater treating bacteria. This technology is capable of achieving up to 95% oxygen transfer efficiency, as no oxygen is lost to atmosphere. OxyMem’s bubble-less aeration may reduce the operating costs (OPEX) for wastewater aeration by up to 75%.
Sansox Oy (Finland) is a relatively young company that aims to commercialize its four-stage oxidative system, Oxtube. Oxtube aerates or mixes any gas with water or any other liquid efficiently. Theoretical studies, feasibility studies and pilot cases have shown that the Oxtube oxidizes water more rapidly and energy efficient compared with exisiting systems, which may boost its market potential. The Oxtube can be applied with various treatment plants and natural water flows. Investments are relatively low. Sansox is a modular solution that can be retrofitted, easily removed, cleaned or installed in many of the stages of the water treatment process.
2014 edition of WssTP Water Innovation SMEs Awards
The Water Innovation SMEs Awards launched by WssTP for the first time this year, with the aim to support the economic opportunities for the European water sector and especially the small and medium enterprises in Europe.