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Design Honour Award for AiRO

3 May 2012BTO

Three Dutch submissions are honoured at the International Water Association’s (IWA) Project Innovation Awards ceremony. One of these is about the AiRO concept of KWR and Evides Industriewater.

AiRO contributes to the worldwide application of membrane technology

KWR and Evides Industriewater received the Design Honour Award at the IWA Project Innovation Awards ceremony held in Brussels on 15 May 2012. They are honoured for the AiRO concept: the periodical use of air and water to control fouling in spiral-wound reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

Worldwide recognition

Evides is applying the AiRO concept successfully at the DemiWaterPlant in the Botlek. According to the jury report, AiRO is innovative and reduces investment costs and costs associated with the use of chemicals and energy. It is expected that by applying AiRO worldwide more opportunities for the application of membrane technology will be created. KWR’s Emile Cornelissen, who accepted the prize, says: “The award is a worldwide recognition of the innovative power of the Dutch water sector and is also a reward for the pioneering work carried out by Evides and KWR.”

The AiRO developers: (left to right) Emile Cornelissen (KWR), Luisa Prista (European Commission, DG Research), Marcus Flick (Evides Industriewater)

The AiRO developers: (left to right) Emile Cornelissen (KWR), Luisa Prista (European Commission, DG Research), Marcus Flick (Evides Industriewater)

Dutch winners

KWR wins two IWA awards: the research institute, jointly with Brabant Water and Vitens, also gets an Honour Award for its research work on brackish water. Another Dutch submission, by PWN Technologies, wins a first prize – the Project Innovation Award – for its SIX CeraMac process , which combines ion exchange and ceramic membrane filtration.

About the photo at the homepage: Evides Industriewater designed, constructed and operates the Demi Water Plant for the port chemical industries in Rotterdam using AiRO technology developed by KWR.

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