Lisbon, Portugal -- Entitled “Water, Energy and an End to Waste: Winning Strategies for the Resource Revolution”, the 10th Anniversary programme of WEX Global focused on the water sector.
Presentations of innovative technologies took centre-stage on 1st March, when the award for Innovation was announced during the WEX Gala Dinner. The interactive Innovation forum featured short presentations by panellists, relating to innovations in the water sector.
The Panel of judges comprised experts in water and wastewater, namely Fiona Griffith, Managing Director of Isle Utilities, Frank Rogalla, Director of Innovation and Technology at aqualia, Piers Clark, Chairman of Isle Utilities and Oliver Rothschild, Chairman, Oliver Rothschild Corporate Advisors. They unanimously chose Arvia Technology's disruptive water and wastewater treatment system as this year's winner of the Forum's Innovation Award.
The WEX Innovation Forum Award was accepted by Arvia's Director of Sales, David Parocki, at the WEX Gala Dinner on 1 March 2016. He commented: “WEX Global 2016 was truly an outstanding event: not only providing a high-quality networking opportunity, but also a riveting programme that gave detailed insight into current and future environmental trends. It is clear that water scarcity and the cost of fresh water necessitate wastewater reuse across most industries. With this comes the real risk of accelerated accumulation of micro-pollutants within water networks. Arvia's ODC system and its ability to remove and destroy these compounds can play an important role in closing the loop on the sustainable water cycle.”
Panel judge Piers Clark, Chairman of Isle Utilities, commented: “Arvia have developed an innovative way of removing recalcitrant industrial pollutants from wastewater. Be it hospital waste, nuclear waste, or pharmaceutical waste they simply chew it up and remove it. However the fact that stuck with me most from their presentation was that Ibuprofen passes through conventional wastewater treatment processes completely untouched. This is possibly good if you are a fish with a headache, but it doesn’t seem right somehow.”
Arvia Technology designs, manufactures, supplies and installs tertiary water and wastewater treatment systems that polish COD and remove colour, organic micro-pollutants, and recalcitrant organics. It is headquartered in Cheshire, United Kingdom.