BlueTech Forum

17-18th May 2023

BlueTech Forum is a multi-stakeholder event organised by BlueTech Research, a partner from REWAISE. It enables different interested parties to stay on top of market trends and opportunities and unites executives from leading water technology companies, venture capital groups, researchers, early adopter utilities, and corporations. This event is designed to facilitate the dissemination and promotion of different innovators and fosters the spread of information related to the value being created through each participant.

Paul Knuckle from Severn Trent and Patrick McGlead from Organics presenting REWAISE

The REWAISE project participated in its 2023 edition hosted in Edinburgh (Scotland) with a role of co-sponsor accompanied by Aquaporin, a member of the consortium, and other major players within the water sector. REWAISE also took part with a booth showcasing all the innovations carried out within the project and with program and to put a spotlight on the technological innovations being developed in the Living Labs. 

Several partners of the project participated in the ‘Innovation Showcase’, where water tech start-ups deliver 120-second elevator pitches to the room. Sanitation360 was presented by Jenna Senecal and the Mides (an H2020 project) technology based on microbial desalination cells, a sustainable desalination system without electricity, was presented by Naiara Hernández from Aqualia.

Jenna Senecal pitching Sanitation 360 in two minutes

In another format, REWAISE was presented in the “5×5 partnership stories”, a quick-fire round of 5x success stories featuring 5x top water tech innovation partnerships that shared the secrets to their success – against the clock: 5x minutes to be precise. Severn Trent Water and Organics, as well as other companies such as AB InBev and Evolve, took the public on a whirlwind tour of what makes their partnership a winning combination.

Paul Knuckle from Severn Trent Water and Patrick McGlead from Organics presented solutions to tackle material loss and amonia recovery, all of them being commissioned at Severn Trent Water’s Spernal Resource Recovery and Innovation Centre and part of REWAISE.

The REWAISE team summarised the project and its innovative solutions in a 30 min presentation, named “Living Labs’ Project Reports”. Frank Rogalla, Director of Innovation at FCC Aqualia and project coordinator, presented the project philosophy with three ways to reach the full value of water.

Ola Hansson, Manager at WIN Water and Therese Jephson, Senior Project Manager at Sweden Water Research explained the synergies between suppliers and utilities to generate sustainable solutions in residential areas.

As specific examples, AquaPorin introduced their biomimetic membranes, and Naiara Hernandez showed four successful applications in water treatment, to remove nitrates, sulphates, fluoride, or salt from brackish water. To use membranes for energy and nutrient recovery, Frank Rogalla introduced the Anaerobic MBR which is currently deployed at the Citroen factory in Vigo. Finally, Jenna Senecal showed another way to recover fertilizers, by collecting and concentrating urine with their separating toilet developed by Sanitation360.