TKI Water Technology seminar offers inspiration for the future
Innovating through public-private partnerships
A seminar organised by KWR on TKI Water Technology brings together 80 representatives from the “golden triangle” of business, science and government. The objective of the TKI scheme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs is to stimulate innovation and create economic value from the knowledge developed. Practical examples presented during the seminar offered inspiration for new project proposals for 2015.
As one of the research organisations within the Water Top Sector, KWR is tasked with organising demand-driven research projects in the shape of public-private partnerships. During the seminar, which was opened by Willem Buijs from the Top Team Water, attendees from SMEs, industry, water companies, knowledge institutes and government bodies delved into the world of research and innovation.
“It’s all about keeping ahead in water technology.”
Jan Peter van der Hoek, chair of the TKI Water Technology Programme Board, listed a number of challenges facing TKI Water Technology, such as the search for a connection with the energy and horticulture sectors, and the marketing of the acquired knowledge and expertise. KWR’s Programme Coordinator, Kees Roest, explains: “The Dutch government wants to promote exports. That’s why it’s all about keeping ahead in water technology.”
Sources of inspiration for new TKI projects included the presentations on partnerships with industry (through ISPT), the innovative AiRO membrane technology, the development and implementation of DNA techniques for the detection of blue-green algae (Genomics), and the Freshkeeper, a technique that counters the salinisation of drinking water sources. Ad van Wijk of TU Delft also proposed that there is still a whole world of opportunities to be discovered through a closer study of the interaction between energy and water. This dovetails nicely with the TKI Water Technology theme for 2015: the circular economy.
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Scientific researcher and Programme coordinator TKI Water Technology