Arvia Technology has won the Innovation Award in the Innovation Forum on 1 March 2016 at the WEX Global Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
The interactive Innovation forum, sponsored by aqualia, featured short presentations by panellists, relating to innovation in the water sector. These were followed by presentations of 6 select companies commercialising innovative technologies in the water sector. The format allowed for follow-up questions, analysis and debate that involved both audience and panel.
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's disruptive technology as this year's winner of the Forum's Innovation Award.
The aqualia WEX Innovation Forum Award was accepted by Arvia's Director of Sales and Marketing, 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 the move to reusing wastewater has gained critical mass - there is no going back. With this comes the real risk of accelerated accumulation of micro-pollutants within water networks. Arvia's ODC technology 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, said: “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.”
Following the awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, David Parocki added: “To win the Innovation award at WEX Global 2016 provides recognition for the whole team as we continue with our technology development. The award was especially sweet considering the expertise and experience that was assembled within the innovations award panel.”