We are a water tech company delivering innovative technology built on nature`s own water filtration. Around 71 of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, yet less than 1 of that is safe to drink – and it’s getting worse. At Aquaporin, we’re working to preserve the Earth’s most valuable resource – water – by combining state-of-the-art engineering, advanced biotechnology and natural aquaporins. Watch our movie to get a better insight into who we are and what we work for.
Our vision is clear
Water is essential to all life on Earth. But our water resources are limited, and they need to be cared for and responsibly used. Our goal is clean, natural drinking water for all, and the sustainable reuse of water in industrial applications. We’re using aquaporins – the super water purifiers found in every living cell – to make it happen. It’s a revolutionary idea based on billion-year-old natural technology, and we believe it will change the world.
Based on Nobel Prize-winning work
Aquaporins were discovered in 1992 by Peter Agre. His research transformed our understanding of the fundamental biology of cells, and he won a Nobel Prize for it in 2003. We’re now using aquaporins to purify water on a large scale – in industries, in our homes and even in space – faster and more efficiently than ever before.
The natural technology Aquaporin Inside®
The Aquaporin membrane technology is based on natural, sustainable water treatment. The unique selectivity and high permeability of the aquaporin membranes set unprecedented standards in water treatment while significantly reducing energy costs.
The great innovation incubator
When stepping inside Aquaporin, you enter a modern industrial space where engineers, biologists, chemists, designers, artists, students and other creative thinkers work and inspire each other side by side. Offices, laboratories, membrane testing facilities, showroom, academy, start-up hub, production, storage and art gallery – our premises have it all, in a single 7.000 m2 space.
The art of quality control
Our products are used in homes and industries around the world. They need to perform perfectly every time and never compromise on quality. Therefore, our quality management system is ISO 9001:2015 certified, and we maintain the same high standards throughout our work – from product development to production, implementation and service.
Aquaporin Garage offers innovative startups an opportunity to follow their dream. With 2 years of free access to our facilities and a personal mentor, we empower entrepreneurs to make a difference. The startup incubator is our way of giving back to innovation while creating a dynamic and inspirational working environment focused on informal sharing of knowledge and expertise.
We strive to use our facilities, infrastructure and know-how in an efficient way that creates value not only for ourselves but for the community Aquaporin emerged from. Therefore, Aquaporin Garage is for all entrepreneurs and startups that can benefit from the lessons we have learned on our journey from early technical development to where we are today.
Become part of Aquaporin Academy
When you join Aquaporin Academy, you join a community of openminded students who have all seized the unique opportunity to become part of Aquaporin’s development. In this video, you meet two of them, and our Head of Aquaporin Academy, Mads Friis Andersen, introduces you to the many opportunities our Academy offers.
Aquaporin Academy is home to curious and dedicated young spirits eager to make a difference for humankind. The Academy invests in the future of ambitious students with diverse backgrounds and gives them a chance to pursue excellence while working for a cause.
We are looking for proactive students of all levels to contribute to Aquaporin’s journey. If you have an interest in our innovative technology, membrane development, water treatment, large-scale membrane manufacturing or business development and marketing within our fields of expertise, Aquaporin is the place for you to be. We encourage students from all degree levels to apply for Bachelor’s, Master’s or special projects at our Academy. Highly qualified students with relevant backgrounds may also apply for housing sponsorship.
Interested in joining Aquaporin Academy?
If you are interested in Aquaporin Academy or have any questions, we will be happy to offer you a cup of coffee and a chat about what you are looking for; just send an email to email@example.com with a few lines about yourself and your field of study, and we will be in touch.
Admission for Aquaporin Academy follows the academic year. Applications for students requesting to start their internship/project on or around September 1 will be reviewed in March/April, and for students requesting to start on or around February 1, the review will be in October/November. However, we are open to midterm and summer projects as well.
100 students have graduated from Aquaporin Academy!
Over the years, we have worked with students from across the world. They have expanded our horizons, and in return we have facilitated a social, developing and educational journey for them. In this video, we have captured some of our reflections.
Aquaporin Academy accepts projects within a broad scientific area
- Membrane Technology
- Protein Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Water treatment
- Material science
- Chemical engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Food science
- Mechanical engineering
- Business Development
- Marketing & Communications
Protecting the world’s water
We’re here to make a difference. Aquaporin is built upon a commitment to fight the global water crisis and drive change. With our technology, we encourage responsible consumption of the Earth’s most valuable resource – water.
We work to eliminate the use of plastic bottles and ensure safer consumption of drinking water by improving the access to clean tap water and thereby addressing waterborne diseases. And we seek to ensure more sustainable production patterns by reducing wastewater volumes and the energy consumption of water treatment.
A resource under pressure
The Earth’s resources are under pressure, and we are here to preserve them. Water scarcity, pollution of waters, climate change and an increased freshwater consumption has created an immense water crisis.
The International Panel on Climate Change concludes that 80 % of the world’s population suffer from threats to water security. Urbanization, improved living standards and a growing world population are the main reasons. We sincerely believe that our technology contributes to a better tomorrow, and we are on a mission to address this problem.
A commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals
Since 2005, Aquaporin has been on a mission to ensure better access to clean water. Even before UN’s Sustainable Development Goals were formulated, our technology was developed to cater for the targets described in SDG 6: reducing pollution, reducing the proportion of untreated wastewater, increasing water reuse efficiency, and increasing recycling of water.
We work actively with the SDGs. Within the industrial water segment, our focus on the textile industry was selected in connection with our participation in the SDG Ambition Accelerator Programme. According to UN estimates, the global fashion industry is responsible for a staggering 20 % of the global wastewater discharge. The industry faces serious challenges with pollution and high dependency on clean water, but with our solutions, we empower textile factories to clean and reuse up to 95 % of their wastewater.