26 jun 2017

Following on from the unveiling of the NCE100 last week where Royal HaskoningDHV was ranked 8th out of the top 100 engineering firms in the UK, the company is celebrating again with a shortlisting for two TechFest Awards by the New Civil Engineer.

The company’s innovative Nereda® technology and SusPorts pilot project have been recognised in two of the headline categories. Winners will be decided following live judging sessions at the inaugural Festival of Innovation and Technology in September.

The awards showcase the best technology-led innovations that are driving civil engineering forward with the company being shortlisted in the “Driving Efficiency” category for their ground-breaking Nereda® technology and the “Reducing Carbon” category for the SusPorts pilot project, aimed at improving energy efficiency in container ports.

Growing populations and ever more stringent water quality and nutrient removal regulations are putting increasing pressures on existing wastewater treatment plants. Royal HaskoningDHV’s innovative Nereda® technology has met this challenge head on, delivering a natural sewage treatment process which purifies water without chemicals, using patented technology within a footprint just 25 percent of that of a conventional plant.

Also Highly Commended for the NCE100 Technology Trailblazer award, René Noppeney, Water Products & Innovation at Royal HaskoningDHV commented on Nereda’s success: “Nereda is a very special technology that we’ve developed over a number of years, and it’s a game-changer in wastewater treatment. Our operating model reflects the fundamental way in which Nereda has disrupted our industry and we’re delighted that it’s been recognised in these awards.”

The SusPorts project, a pan-Europe three year pilot study resulting in the development of Royal HaskoningDHV’s Energy and Emissions Management & Simulation Tool, is shortlisted in the Reducing Carbon category. The tool helps to predict the costs and benefits associated with the deployment of energy efficiency and storage solutions in container terminals and has the potential to halve energy costs and harmful emissions.

Stuart White, recently appointed as Director of the Business Unit Maritime Europe commented: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for two of these exciting new awards. The festival promises to be a celebration of the very latest technological and digital developments in our industry, and the SusPorts project certainly positions us at the forefront of this area.”

Michael Banks, Principal Mechanical Engineer and lead on the SusPorts project also added: “We’ve worked very closely with our partners and clients (CRESS Ltd, University of Reading and Valencia Port Foundation) over the last three years to develop our innovative simulation tool which has the potential to significantly lessen the environmental impact of the industry. I have every hope that this technology will quickly become the industry standard.”

Following the shortlisting, a representative from each team within Royal HaskoningDHV has been invited to present to TechFest’s judging panel and other delegates in a live judging session on Thursday 14 September in what is set to be a highlight of the new festival. The awards will be presented at a dinner due to take place that evening.