Leading industries including household names are to share their successes implementing sustainable water use at the forthcoming Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition. Companies across the key segments of oil & gas, food & beverage, paper, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals will be giving details of their projects in the show’s Industrial User Experience feature. With names such as Shell, Total and Nestlé represented, the forum is set to inspire others with practical examples of how to better manage water in ways that benefit the environment and make business sense.
The Industrial User Experience programme returns to Aquatech Amsterdam after its successful introduction at the previous edition of the show and will run throughout the exhibition. It will provide an opportunity for audiences to hear first-hand about the challenges of undertaking changes in the way industries use water. Each session will have a different topic focus and will include several presentations giving insights into the technologies and approaches that have been used in each case study.
Building on the success of 2015
‘We introduced the Industrial User Experience in 2015 and received great feedback,’ says Marieke Leenhouts, Exhibition Manager for Aquatech Amsterdam. ‘Industries are more and more aware of the critical impact of how they manage water resources. They are seeing the value in sharing experiences and learning from each other by participating in the Industrial User Experience, and it provides an opportunity for exhibitors to connect with these end users,’ continues Leenhouts, adding: ‘The Amsterdam International Water Week includes attention to industry, especially at the strategic level. The Industrial User Experience complements this with its practical and technical focus.’
Water reuse progress in the oil & gas sector
Projects that will feature in the Industrial User Experience programme include, for example, a water reuse scheme at the Tarragona petrochemical plant of Dow Chemical Company. Cooling tower water for the site had been drawn from the river there, but a major reuse scheme has allowed a partial switch to use of reclaimed municipal wastewater instead. ‘Water stress is expected to increase over the coming decades and companies will need to move to a more circular use of resources such as water,’ comments Dr Jordi Bacardit of Dow Water & Process Solutions, who will be giving a presentation on the Tarragona project. ‘One aim of this presentation is to help give confidence to others that they can use reclaimed water in this way,’ says Bacardit. ‘The circular economy approach in water management is a necessity. My presentation will help show that it is possible,’ he adds.
Industry as a driver of innovation
‘In my experience, industry takes much more risk with innovation, solely based on a sound business case, compared to the municipal sector,’ comments Prof. Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, Aquatech’s partner for the Industrial User Experience. ‘Industry is often a more important generator of innovation, meaning the Industrial User Experience is an ideal feature for an event that is a global platform for water innovation,’ he adds.
The Industrial User Experience programme at Aquatech Amsterdam
Tuesday 31 October
- Oil & gas industry
- 11:00-13:00 Solving water restrictions in downstream processing
- 15:00-16:30 Treating oil- and hydrocarbon-containing wastewater
Wednesday 1 November
- Food, beverage and paper industries
- 11:00-12:30 Treating fatty organic loaded wastewater
- 15:00-16:30 Water reuse in the food, beverage and paper industry
Thursday 2 November
- 11:00-12:30 Water use and reuse in chemical industries
- 15:00-16:30 Water in the pharmaceutical industry
The Amsterdam International Water Week
For the fourth time Aquatech is part of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) a divers platform for water professionals around the world including a conference, a young professionals programme, social events and – new this year – Floodex Europe Launch Event. This last event covers water level management and flood control and consists of a compact programme, with four elements, a tour, a knowledge programme, a networking gathering and a site visit.
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