Aquatech Amsterdam 2023 sparks business as water sector meets  

At Aquatech Amsterdam, this year’s Aquatech Innovation Awards reportedly received the highest number of 92 entries.

EDBM ElectroMembrane Stacks by Dutch startup REDstack was the overall winner of the 2023 Aquatech Innovation Award after a review by the independent jury
The winner of Aquatech Community Award 2023 was Sanipure with their innovation Zero B, which was most voted by water professionals

The new four Aquatech Worlds and the attached knowledge programmes were said to be packed. Through its realms of ‘Clean Water World’, ‘Waste Water and Resources World’, ‘Industrial and Corporate Water World’, and ‘Digital World’, Aquatech Worlds clustered content, challenges, and solutions. The removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was also a hot topic this year.

A standout feature of this year’s exhibition was circular water solutions. Knowledge partner audience research company GWI spearheaded this pavilion. Companies presented approaches to water reuse and recycling, and the importance of closing the loop in water consumption. Innovations in wastewater treatment technologies purify water for reuse and extract resources. In the ‘Innovation Forum’ — the conference on the first day of the show — utilities spoke about projects that embody circularity.

Discussions featured finance models in driving these efforts forward

Aquatech addressed water-related subjects and exhibitors showcased technologies harnessing artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and data analytics, offering real-time water quality monitoring solutions. Attendees discussed the imperative for collaborative initiatives between the public and private sectors to tackle global water challenges. The exhibition highlighted advancements in energy-efficient desalination processes to minimise the environmental footprint associated with water production. More partners were present at this year’s event: Bluefield, Bluetech, European Desalination Society, Global Water Intelligence, Isle, IWA, KNW, NWP, RvO, Stowa, Wateralliance.

Aquatech reportedly welcomed 837 exhibitors and a visitor attendance of 19,228, of which 68% international from 139 countries. The total is said to exceed over 24,000 water professionals in a week. Its next edition in Amsterdam will be from 11-14 Mar 2025.