Aquatech Innovation Award 2015 winners revealed

Posted: Wednesday 18th November 2015

DyVaR wastewater treatment system takes first place.

The winners of the 2015 Aquatech Innovation Award were announced to an expectant audience at the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and 25th edition of Aquatech Amsterdam, with the overall first place going to an innovative technology able to treat highly saline wastewaters and reclaim almost every drop of water at the same time.

The winning entry, the DyVaR process of Dutch company Salttech BV, is of particular relevance to the oil and gas industry and provides a zero liquid discharge treatment option – hence the variant of the technology entered into the competition was named DyVaR O&G ZLD.

The Amsterdam International Water Week and Aquatech was opened in a ceremony with prominent international guests and keynote speakers, including Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister Infrastructure and the Environment, Government of the Netherlands.

An exciting winner

‘I am very excited about the winner,’ says Award jury chair Dr Cees Buisman. Highly saline waters are being produced in the oil and gas sector in increasing quantities. They require treatment to meet environmental regulations and to recover water for reuse, but the high salinity makes this a technically challenging task, especially if it is to be done cost-effectively. ‘The problem of how to get rid of these brines is immense,’ adds Buisman.

Proven winner

Already proven in locations in North America and the Middle East, DyVaR uses evaporative and cyclonic technologies to separate out salts and other components, recovering almost all of the water and making it available for reuse. ‘They solved the problem for any combination of salts, which for many other technologies is not possible,’ says Buisman.

Corrosion is one aspect of the challenge of dealing with highly saline waters. ‘They solved this by using polymer materials,’ says Buisman, adding that the other key aspect is scaling, which has been solved by the use of cyclones. ‘That combination is a very big innovation, and it is also being recognised by the market in terms of orders,’ he says, adding: ‘As jury chairman, I am very proud that such an innovative company won.’

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