Experience the Dutch delta as a ‘living lab’ for integrated solutions for a circular economy and resilient cities.
WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2019
AIWW Start-up & Scale-up
09.00 – 13.00
A roadshow along start-ups and investors to match ideas and needs and to accelerate scaling up innovations
AIWW Excursion: ICT and robotics in the water cycle: smart water meters, drones and roboats. A visit to Prodock and the AMS institute
ICT and robotics are getting more and more important, also in the water cycle. Several startups are working together on these innovations in Prodock; the innovation hub of the port of Amsterdam. Waternet is one of the partners of Prodock and during the excursion you will learn about how smart water meters, drones, smart buoys and (autonomous) boats are used to gather more data and to optimize processes. Besides Prodock, also the revolutionary Roboat of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) is visited. Roboat is a 5 year research project and collaboration between AMS and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is a new kind of on-demand infrastructure: autonomous platforms will combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver building materials, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. In developing the world’s first fleet of autonomous floating vessels for the city of Amsterdam, it investigates the potential of self-driving technology to change our cities and their waterways.
Alex van der Helm (Waternet), Ynse Deinema (AMS) & Nick Cornelissen (Prodock)
AIWW Excursion: A boat tour to Amsterdam’s circular living lab ‘De Ceuvel’: a sustainability incubator and one of Europe’s most unique office parks focusing on start-ups/scale-ups.
14.00 – 17.00
A boat tour will bring you to ‘De Ceuvel’, one of Europe’s most sustainable office parks for startups focusing on circular economy. Social and creative entrepreneurs created their own workspaces and changed a former harbor area into an unique urban area. This allows innovative sustainable concepts to make the step forward in new energy, re-use, recovery and sustainable solution of water, energy and food. During the tour also the neighborhood around the Ceuvel, Amsterdam Noord, will be visited. Here several innovative circular concepts, based on new sanitation, are implemented. These ongoing urban development’s make this area one of the most innovative neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
Mark Wets (Waternet), Sandrine van Odijk (Metabolic), Vera de Koning (De Ceuvel) & Helen Perquin (Waternet)
AIWW Side events
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2019
AIWW Excursion: Opening of the Haringvliet locks: reconnecting the river Rhine to the sea.
09.00 – 15.00
A project in cooperation with WWF to restore nature around one of the greatest flood defences in the world, the Delta Works
The Haringvliet used to be the most important river mouth of the rivers Meuse and Rhine. This estuary, with a gradual transition between fresh and salt water, sediment transport and strong tidal dynamics, used to be a highly productive ecosystem, with unique species. It was the entrance and exit for migratory fish. When in 1971 the rivers were closed from the sea by the Haringvliet dam, the rich estuarine ecosystem heavily deteriorated. Starting from autumn 2018, the Haringvlietdam have been opened (a little) by the Dutch government. The opening of the Haringvliet locks is a historic moment; a crucial step in the restoration of the natural dynamics between sea and river. It is essential for the survival of migratory fish, because the connection with the sea allows them to reach their old spawning grounds upstream again. During this excursion we will visit the Haringvliet sluices, part of the world famous Delta Works, and witness with our own eyes the enormous difference between the dynamic seaside and the more stagnant inside freshwaters. The significant changes in water management will be discussed with a focus on innovative projects that have been developed in the area (including climate proof housing development and alternative freshwater supply).
Michiel van den Bergh (WWF) & Bart Geenen (WWF)
AIWW Excursion: Kaumera and the Calcite factory: two state of the art showcases for resource recovery in drinking and wastewater treatment
09.00 – 16.30
Zutphen + Amsterdam
Two innovative showcases of circularity in water treatment will be visited: the Calcite Factory (drinking water) and the Raw Materials Plant (waste water). The Calcite Factory is an innovative factory where calcite -a byproduct of drinking water softening- is processed and made suitable for various product applications. This pilot plant was built in the port of Amsterdam in cooperation with Advanced Minerals. Waternet re-uses part of the processed calcite in the softening process. The calcite from this factory is used in the backing of carpet tiles, lime to produce glass and as a scrub for the cosmetics industry. In this way, the Dutch drinking water sector works towards the noble goals of a circular economy, leads to lower costs and the reuse of sustainable calcite. Kaumera Nereda® Gum is a new biological raw material that is extracted from the sludge granules that form during the Nereda® purification process. This year, the first plant in the world to produce this innovative raw material will be built in Zutphen. Due to the unique properties of the biopolymer Kaumera, there are infinite possibilities for applications that previously could only be realised with chemical raw materials. Kaumera can retain water but also repel it. These properties can be strengthened depending on the form in which Kaumera is used. It is also a large anionic molecule with many binding sites. This makes Kaumera extremely suitable as a binder and raw material for the production of co-polymers or composite materials.
Sandra de Wit (Waterschap Rijn en IJssel), Geoff Salt (Advanced Minerals), Mark van Loosdrecht, (TU Delft) & Richard Oudhuis (Waternet)
AIWW Excursion: The Green Village: a blueprint for sustainable, resilient and circular cities. A project in collaboration with the TU Delft
13.00 – 17.00
The Green Village is a Living lab for sustainable innovation. An inhabited area on the campus at the TU Delft; focussed on the built environment. It wants to make sure that innovations reach the scale which is needed to make impact. Therefore it offers an area and test beds with flexible infrastructure, a relevant network and matchmaking, support and advice with upscaling. Relevant stakeholders from the four domains work together at The Green Village: scientists, businesses, government and the civilian. Together they will go faster from idea to implementation, because they integrally overcome barriers. During the tour at The Green Village we will focus on several projects, like a water battery, water street, circular garage, modular houses (MOR), hyperloop and many more projects. Several innovations will be demonstrated by experts/scientists and the potential impact of each project will be discussed.
Willy Spanjer, Serge Santoo, & Sanne Beckers (Green village)