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Wetsus News July 2018

Published: 28 juni 2018

Blue energy in progress

On June 22, Jordi Moreno (Twente University) successfully defended his thesis: ‘Energy generation from salinity gradients with reverse electrodialysis; Fouling management and process design’.

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Location of the defense was Leeuwarden, thanks to the cooperation of Twente University. Jordi Moreno developed new methods to improve the process of Blue Energy, by researching ways to minimize fouling of the membranes. The moving “breathing cell” is one of the results of his research. Membranes that appear to “breathe” by expanding and compressing like a pair of lungs could better harvest electricity through reverse electrodialysis (RED) stacks, increasing the net power production and bringing blue energy technology a step closer to commercialization.

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Keynote by Prince Constantijn at the first European Water Technology Week

Prince Constantijn, StartupDelta Special Envoy, is one of the confirmed keynote speakers at the EWTW, September 24 – 27, Leeuwarden. He will deliver his contribution on Tuesday. You can find the preliminary program here and an overview day by day here.

We are busy preparing a very interesting program, with science, business and policy elements, covering the field of water technology.

You can register now. For opportunities at exhibition floor, please click here. After the congress program, on Thursday, you can join one of the Water Tech Tours, with company and site visits, focusing on Resource recovery, Water & Agro/Food, Water and Energy and Water and Health. More information.

High added value Dutch watertech sector

Today, the report “Economical opportunities and high-quality knowledge in water” was presented by TKI water technology, part of Topsector Water. The report offers a clear view on the added value of water technology for the Dutch economy.

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The study described in the report aimed to assess the growth and value of the water technology sector for the Dutch economy. Very positive conclusions are drawn. The sector has a very high economic added value: per person employed about 130,000 euro, 25% higher than the average in Dutch industry. The sector represents about 8 billion turn-over and offers employment to about 35,000 people. Dutch water technology has developed powerfully since 2012, with private companies growing with 13%. In this period, 60 new companies entered the market. Technological innovation and increasing export are important factors for this growth. 45 % of the companies is expecting a growth of over 20% in international water related turn-over in the next 5 years.

The outcome of this study is well in line with the recent economic evaluations performed by Wetsus. We are proud to note the increased innovation power of the sector and the positive economic results thereof.

Science Fair WaterCampus Honours program

On Thursday 21th June the annual WaterCampus Science fair took place. Six groups of high school students participated in this event after a year of doing research in the Wetsus laboratory. We are very proud of the whole group, but off course there can only be one winner. In the winning group of this year are Olivia Rice, Sara Kloosterman and Lucinde Zuur with their research: Removing diclofenac by using low cost adsorption materials. The judges praised their accuracy and scientific approach. Together with the rest of the group, the winners will attend the MILSET Science Fair in Poland.

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Water Technology Unlocking and Scaling Up the Circular Economy

The Northern Netherlands, Wetsus and ERRIN organized a conference in Brussels on May 30: Water Technology Unlocking and Scaling Up the Circular Economy. There were several presentations from the Commission, research centers and companies. The European Commission presented the newest policy developments in the field of drinking water and water reuse.

During the event Wetsus presented its research program and how high risk research leads to applications and start-ups. Companies presented their contribution to the circular economy with a keynote by Stephan Bocken, CEO of Paques, followed by presentations from Ecoloro, KNN Cellulose and Green Water Solution.

It was clear that water technology is taking its responsibility in developing breakthrough solutions for global challenges. Limiting factors are the legislation around end-of-waste criteria and the unbankability of the first full scale applications. Furthermore, building up an entire value chain -e.g. for bioplastics- will take time and the involvement of many stakeholders.

The EIT presented a new KIC Water, Marine and Maritime, which presents very interesting opportunities for the water technology sector. The national government and the region highlighted how the integration of regional, national and European efforts can lead to a higher impact and more critical mass of European Innovation Ecosystems. The conference ended with a cocktail with rainwater beer Friese Boezem from the Grutte Pier brewery in Leeuwarden.

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