19 september 2012 - The physics research community attracted huge publicity in the wake of the discovery of the Higgs particle this summer. Wim van Vierssen, CEO of KWR Watercycle Research Institute, asks himself this question: Do we, as water sector companies and organisations, know how to get people fascinated about our mission? In his keynote address this Thursday, 20 September, at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Busan, Van Vierssen will speak about the challenge of supplying all of the world’s population with healthy and safe drinking water, and the path he believes the water sector should take.
18 september 2012 - Using a statistical model, it is possible to make reliable predictions concerning the degree to which substances are removed in the water treatment for the production of drinking water. This is a conclusion of research done by KWR Watercycle Research Institute. In the QSAR (Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship) model, a relationship is established between substance properties, such as molecular weight and water solubility, and the degree to which the substance is removed during treatment. QSARs are already frequently used in chemistry, but their application in water technology is new. “It’s a solution for the water companies, which can’t possibly test, during the water treatment itself, for all the hundreds of new substances that are discovered in water every year,” according to researchers Bas Wols and Dirk Vries.
17 september 2012 - Prof. Gertjan Medema, Chief Science Officer at KWR Watercycle Research Institute, has been named IWA Fellow by the International Water Association (IWA). His fellowship was officially confirmed on Monday, 17 September, in Busan (South Korea), where a large part of water world has gathered for the biennial IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition.
17 september 2012 - At the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Busan (South Korea), a number of workshops and presentations are being dedicated to nanotechnology. This is a technology that is new to the world of water, one that requires both good research into any associated risks and objective information, according to senior scientific researcher Jan Hofman of KWR Watercycle Research Institute. Nanotechnology is based on tiny particles (from 1 to 100 nanometres) which, on the one hand, are used as a tool in water treatment and, on the other, can lead to problems since they end up in drinking water.
16 september 2012 - Making expert water-related knowledge available for the water sector and the public. This is what KWR Watercycle Research Institute intends to do by launching Watershare® during the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Busan from September 16 to 21. Governments the world over bear the heavy responsibility of supplying their populations with safe drinking water and treating their sewerage and wastewater appropriately. But the water sectors charged with these tasks tend to be very fragmented. Within Watershare®, knowledge institutes from all over the world share their expertise, experience and networks to promote societies that are healthy and sustainable.
11 september 2012 - Mark van Loosdrecht, professor at the Technical University Delft and principal scientist at KWR, will receive the Global Project Innovation Honor Award during the IWA World Water Congress in Busan, September 19.