Combining water and technology for the next step

Waste has become valuable in the past years. Especially for waste water, Dutch water technology is making a difference around the world. By focusing on sustainable economic development, but also heavily investing in R&D, several innovations for this sector have been realized. It is thus no wonder that the Netherlands is present at Asia's largest event for water technology in Shanghai: Aquatech China.

Business development

At today’s Holland Water Technology Seminar, four innovative Dutch companies share their specific expertise. One of them is Suzhou CPS Technology, a Dutch-invested environmental protection company. They are dedicated to help Chinese enterprises meet environmental protection standards and realize sustainable development.

However, they are not only working on high-tech services, they also aim to use technology to their advantage for business development. Last year, we talked to ms. Chang Ying about this topic. She told us that a lot of people doubted that a technical service like waste water treatment could be sold online.

After careful evaluation and analysis, a new website and strategy were adopted. By looking carefully at which words clients searched for and by broadening their platform, they were able to make a smooth connection between online and offline. Other companies started to notice them and their reputation and brand started to grow. “At least they knew we are a waste treatment company,” Ms. Chang explained.

Flood prevention

Technology can not only be used to promote a business, but also become an important and useful tool. Previously, in our triple helix trilogy this was especially made clear by Min Xu from Deltares. He told us that since 2012, sensor technologies from the Netherlands have been used in the dikes adjoining the 5.500-kilometre-long Yellow River. All the data is analyzed by using the Dike Analysis Module (DAM) from Deltares. DAM is a software package which can be used to calculate the strength (now and in the future) of primary and regional dikes.

Related to this software is DAM-Live, a monitoring system of dike strength based on real-time data from water pressure sensors installed in the dike body. By developing and introducing these technologies, decision-makers can for example make a sound and effective decision whether dikes need to be elevated. These tools have been implemented in the Netherlands and China together with the development of flood forecasting systems for predicting river discharges and water level.

Climate change and increased population density are placing great pressure on delta regions and cities. The Netherlands is leading the way, with development of a long-term strategy based on an adaptive approach thus creating resilient cities and deltas. The Netherlands cares about water and therefore invites you to work together.