The Innovation Forum
sponsored by Aqualia
Hear pitches from the following innovative companies live at WEX in this Aqualia-sponsored unique Innovation Forum. The judging panel consists of Frank Rogalla, Head of Innovation at Aqualia; Fiona Griffith, Group Director at Isle Utilities; Roberto Zocchi, European Business Director at WRc; Paul Horton, CEO at Future Water Association; Leon Awerbuch, President of Leading Edge Technologies & Dean Of The IDA Academy – and we’re delighted to welcome leading water investor, Lydia Whyatt, MD of Resonance Asset Management Ltd!r
LOCLAIN Srl Energy Flow Solutions
Technology Readiness Level: 9
LocPower® is an energy harvesting valve designed for real-time flow and pressure control and clean electricity production in water systems. A LocPower® system consists of the control valve (DN 80 – 600), and electrical control panel with inverter and AFE. The Integrated Trim-Turbine acts as an instantaneous pressure regulating element while converting 65-75% (up to 300 kW) of the hydraulic energy typically wasted in flow and pressure control to electricity for local use, storage or grid injection. An Internal Extra Flow Channel allows the system to cope with unexpected overflow/hydraulic shock (up to 50% of projected flow) or turbine malfunctions (e.g. power outage). The valve is remotely controlled and equipped with advanced diagnostic systems to monitor shaft speed and torque and other system parameters to identify and prevent cavitation, early wear or leakage.
Unique Selling Point: LocPower® unites control valve and turbine, eliminating the civil works necessary for construction of bypass pipes (necessary in traditional energy recovery systems). LocPower® can be installed as a regular control valve in all points of water supply network (both vertically and horizontally and in hard-to-reach places), wherever a substantial flow and pressure drop exist (min. 15 L/s and 1 bar pressure drop).
Hias How2O develop and market radical solutions for biological waste water treatment. By combining targeted R&D efforts with operational insight, Hias How2O has developed the patented Hias Process for biological nutrient removal. Our technology is developed in real-life environment at the Norwegian utility Hias IKS, where engineers, biologists and operators work alongside to drive the technology even further.
Hias How2O offer feasibility studies of the technology, pilot studies and the full design of a retrofit or greenfield installation.
The Hias Process delivers superior nutrient removal with low OPEX and favourable carbon footprint. The highly sustainable Hias process also eliminates or minimize the use of precipitation chemicals, hence more than 50% of the total phosphorus can be recycled as struvite. Biological phosphorus removal with the Hias Process is demonstrated through several pilot studies and is currently operational in full scale prototype (10 000 PE) at Hias IKS, Norway.
Technology Readiness Level: 9
SENQCIA MAXCO, Ltd. is a broad line manufacturer of mechanical components for rectangular clarifiers and other water and waste water applications. We have a 30+ year history of creating products and innovation for various water applications. Our value proposition and product breadth allows us to provide a single source for clarifier components for your rebuilds and general maintenance, repair and operations. We also have a history of innovating new nonmetallic components that reduce weight, friction and reducing the need for tank maintenance.
Stainless & Non-Metallic Collector/Drive Chains, Wear Shoes, Non-Metallic Wall Bearings, Shear Pin Sprockets, Offset Sprockets. Wear Strips, FRP Flights, Aluminum Flights, Hardware, FRP Scum Pipes, Mild & Stainless Shafts, Snap Idlers, Chain Tensioners, Static Sleeve Bushings
Drylet is the award-winning developer and manufacturer of an advanced biocatalysis particle for delivering microbes. Developed in the United States, the technology reduces biosolids by up to 50% (among other benefits) in municipal wastewater treatment and animal feeding operations primarily.
In 2017, activity in the United States grew by 50%. Today, some 51 municipal installations throughout the U.S. use Drylet’s solution in various operational processes. In China, the company signed a partnership with PPP leader Hoyo Group last November. In Europe, Drylet has built up a pipeline of opportunities that include five of the top ten wastewater treatment companies in the world. The company is also actively engaging in discussions with select plants in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with a collective flow of almost 300 MGD (about 6 million p.e.).
On the industrial wastewater side, Drylet is working on various projects in Europe and the Middle East.
Drylet’s technology is a patented biocatalyst that accelerates microbial activity and mass-to-gas conversion in biological processes. It uses a proprietary technique for loading Class 1 non-GMO microorganisms onto engineered inorganic particles in very high concentrations, making the product exceptionally powerful by weight. The particles contain and shield beneficial microbes, promoting their growth and supporting their effective delivery in the surrounding liquid environment.
Vienna Water Monitoring Solutions
Technology Readiness Level: 9
Vienna Water Monitoring Solutions is a privately owned SME which has developed a unique measurement technology capable of measuring the level of bacterial contamination fully automated and within 15 minutes.
VWMs measurement devices named ColiMinder are able to provide the most important water quality parameter of microbiological contamination as online parameter for process control and monitoring.
VWMs’ team of experts in measurement technology, biochemistry, engineering, electronics development, software development is permanently improving the measurement technology, developing reagent for new target organisms, improving online capability of the devices.
VWMs ColiMinder devices are already deployed in various applications around the globe ranging from sterile water to wastewater.
Customers like MEKOROT (Israel), DSD (Hong Kong), Trojan (Canada), EVN-Wasser (Austria), DHI (Denmark), NIWA (New Zealand), Polytechnique Montreal (Canada), Norrvatten (Sweden) already use ColiMinder measurement devices.
VWMs provides Fully Automated Measurement Devices to measure Microbiological- / Bacterial- Contamination the respective Reagents and Online Services.
Reagents are available to measure for contamination of:
– Total Bacteria
VWMs ColiMinder devices are fully controllable through internet connection. Besides providing measurement devices, reagents and ad-on modules, we provide online services like data visualization, automatic notification, remote control and online support. VWMs’ measurement technology is based on direct measurement of the metabolic activity of living target organisms present in the sample, instead of waiting for colonies to grow (like traditional lab methods do).