Water utilities have huge ambitions to make their operations more sustainable and to contribute to the circular economy. Operation in the water cycle offers many possibilities, but also requires applied technological research to make full benefit of these opportunities. Bridging science and practice can be achieved by close cooperation between utilities and universities and has benefits. In the Netherlands, Waternet, the water utility of Amsterdam and surroundings, has shown that such a close cooperation really has benefits, accelerates innovation and has impact.
In the presentation, several projects will be discussed in which cooperation between the utility, university and technology supplier pays off. Projects cover the whole water cycle and are closely related to resource recovery and energy recovery from the water cycle, e.g thermal energy recovery from drinking water, calcite production from drinking water and even single cell protein production using components from wastewater.
Jan Peter van der Hoek is a Professor of Drinking Water Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He also is head of the Strategic Centre of Waternet, the water cycle company of Amsterdam and surroundings. In this position he is responsible for the innovation strategy and the research agenda of Waternet.
Jan Peter van der Hoek is a member of Standard Commission 1 of EurEau, the European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services. Standard Commission 1 deals with drinking water affairs.
Jan Peter van der Hoek is chair of the Program Committee of the joint research program of the Dutch drinking water companies, and he chairs the Program Council of the TKI Watertechnologie, part of the Dutch Topsector Water.