Royal HaskoningDHV is delighted to be one of four companies shortlisted in this year’s Global Water Awards for ‘Water Technology Company of the Year’. With the shortlisting announced on 20 February 2020, Royal HaskoningDHV is hoping to secure the most votes and be recognised as ‘the company which made the most significant contribution to the field of water and digital technology in 2019’. The Global Water Awards will take place during the Global Water Summit in March.
Royal HaskoningDHV has been nominated in recognition for the giant strides it has made in the transition to the circular economy, particularly with the work it has done around resource recovery. It has initiated the first large-scale production unit for its ground-breaking biopolymer product Kaumera Nereda® Gum, while the firm has also scored impressive results with a new sludge digestion technology and its Aquasuite software.
The Kaumera bio-based raw material extracted from Nereda® sludge is another step towards creating the truly circular economy, offering a viable and versatile alternative to oil-based materials. Its ability to both absorb or repel water gives Kaumera a variety of applications in the agriculture, building, textile and paper industries. Its second production unit is planned to be online in spring 2020, and Kaumera looks set to make a lasting impact.
After dramatically shaking up wastewater treatment with Nereda technology, Royal HaskoningDHV has set its sights on anaerobic sludge digestion with a clever new digester configuration. The Ephyra system separates various stages of the digestion process, allowing shorter retention times and increasing biogas production by 75% at the Tollebeek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is now energy self-sufficient.
Its Aquasuite AI software platform has also seen a major breakthrough, with its pilot at Singapore PUB’s Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant. This facility saw increased effluent quality, despite aeration flow being reduced by 15%, which demonstrates machine learning’s key role in meeting increased demands on wastewater treatment.
Commenting on the shortlisting announcement, René Noppeney, Global Director of Nereda at Royal HaskoningDHV said: “Building on our success at the Global Water Awards last year, where we won ‘Wastewater Project of the Year’ with our Nereda installation at Utrecht WWTP, we are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for ‘Water Technology Company of the Year’ this time around. We are firmly committed to developing technology and innovation that will help us achieve a truly circular economy and hope that this will be recognised by the voters.”
Voting for Water Technology Company of the Year opens on Monday 24 February and will remain open until Tuesday 17 March. Voting is encouraged from subscribed readers of Global Water Intelligence magazine and the Water Desalination Report. ‘Early Bird delegates to the Global Water Summit in Madrid in March will also be entitled to vote.