Kaumera Nereda® Gum won the Aquatech Innovation Awards 2019. The award win was announced on 4 November 2019 at the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and the Aquatech Amsterdam. For more information on Kaumera.
This was by far the biggest innovative step from all of the entries received’, said jury chairman Professor Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. ‘It’s completely new and hasn’t been done before. In an urbanizing world, it’s going to have much impact to help enable a circular economy.’
The development of Kaumera is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders: Royal HaskoningDHV, Delft University of Technology, applied water research institute STOWA, Regional Water Authority Vallei en Veluwe, Regional Water Authority Rijn en IJssel, biotechnology firm Chaincraft and the initiative Energy and Resources Factory (EFGF).
‘This award is a testament to the huge positive impact Kaumera will have on the circular economy. It is an exceedingly versatile raw material with the potential to be used in a host of applications from agriculture and the building sector, through to textile and paper industries.’ Says René Noppeney, Global Director of Water Technology Products & Innovation at Royal HaskoningDHV.
Kaumera is made possible in part by subsidies from the European Union (LIFE), the national government (RVO, DEI) and the province of Gelderland, with the cooperation of Friesland Campina and the leading group within the Energy and Raw Materials Factory (water authorities that specifically deal with Kaumera).