American Water launches innovative desalination technology in partnership with Netherlands-based organizations
WaterWebster.org Staff Report
Oct. 4, 2009
American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) has partnered with Vitens, RWB Waterservices, the University of Twente and WE Consult to launch a $2.5 million to $3 million innovative desalination technology project, according to an American Water announcement.
The partnership with the Netherlands-based organizations is the first for American Water's new Innovation Development Process, an initiative that combines American Water’s research and development, technical expertise, and infrastructure assets with innovations from within the company and from business partners to create greater efficiencies in the areas of water reuse, desalination, wastewater operations and bio-energy.
The “Clean Operator” project is co-funded by subsidiary SenterNovem and aims to reduce the costs, environmental impact and carbon footprint of desalination.
Vitens is the largest water supply company in the Netherlands, supplying drinking water to 5.4 million consumers and businesses. The University of Twente is a leading university on research in membrane filtration, particularly in module hydraulics and membrane preparation. RWB Waterservices is a Dutch supplier of various types of water treatment equipment for wastewater treatment, industrial water supply and potable water supply. WE Consult specializes in innovation and development of new water technology.
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