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Walter van der Meer, chairman of the Jury of the International Aquatech Innovation Award, announced the winner of the prestigious prize during the opening ceremony of Aquatech Amsterdam on Sept. 25, 2006. The Waterflux 2070 from Krohne is the overall winner of the award, and the CEPAration CeraCep of Hyflux Ceparation was named the category winner.
All nominated products and the overall winner and category winner are on display in the Innovation Gallery of Aquatech Amsterdam 2006 (stand 02.316). Aquatech Amsterdam 2006, held Sept. 26 to 29 in Amsterdam RAI, is the world’s leading trade exhibition on process water, drinking water and wastewater.
The jury report on the overall winner stated: “The Waterflux 2070, which also is category winner in the transport and storage segment, is a water meter that represents a revolutionary double solution. Waterflux 2070 measures water flow using an unencumbered electromagnetic procedure. Contrary to usual methods, there are no obstacles to the water flow, making it possible to measure the flow of liquids with solids in them. Furthermore, the method works even if flow direction is reverted. The truly groundbreaking aspect of Waterflux 2070 is its use of wireless GMSS or GPRS communication systems to transmit the measurements and the fact that it has a self-sustained battery, making power supply redundant. This allows a meter to be fitted at any plant, distribution network or even consumer’s location. Data is received wirelessly at a central office or control room. This system is expected to be applied in numerous different ways in the future.”
Regarding the category winner CEPAration CeraCep of Hyflux Ceparation, the jury commented: “It consists of a ceramic hollow-fibre membrane that combines the compactness of a hollow-fibre system with the robustness of ceramic materials. This is a winning combination, as it allows the membranes to be used in difficult chemical, mechanical and even thermal conditions. This is a definite improvement on traditional membranes made of polymeric materials, which have little or no resistance to extreme conditions.”