Six European SMEs pitched their cleantech solution for the treatment of ballast water during the Interreg North Sea Region Scale Up-event* on June 28th, 2018, hosted by Cleantech Flanders together with its sister associations and Euroshore.

Euroshore animates meeting

Six innovators from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the UK met eight members of Euroshore to present their cleantech solution for the onshore treatment of scrubber sludge and ballast water.

Euroshore is the leading association of companies that deal with sustainable solutions for ship waste. The eight members of Euroshore met the six innovators during the Meet the Buyer event in the new Port building in Antwerp on the 28thof June.

Euroshore explains the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention 2004) entered into force on September 8th, 2017. Today only 6,5% of the world fleet is equipped with ballast water treatment facilities, which means that most of the enforcement is related to ballast water exchange rules. However, in the accompanying guidelines of the BWM Convention 2004, port reception facilities for ballast water and ballast water sediments are planned.

Euroshore, the service provider for all waste solutions for shipping compared different ballast water systems to be used in a port environment.

Innovative cleantech solutions for Euroshore members

The challenge for the six innovators was to propose cleantech solutions for the onshore treatment of scrubber sludge and ballast water to eight members of Euroshore: MAC2, MTD, TWZ, SARP Industries, MSR, TRADEBE, SWOC and Martens Cleaning.

Proposed cleantech solutions from the six innovators: 

  • Arvia from the United Kingdom proposed the Nyex treatment system for continuously removing and treating organic contaminants, resulting in safely discharging or reusing of wastewater. The Nyex-technology, based on electrochemical oxidation using a bed of active and conductive material, is an onshore standalone solution. (www.arviatechnology.com)
  • Sofresid from France proposed the OCTOPOL approach, that basically consists of an (offshore) assistant barge that can treat ballast and waste water from sea ships offshore. (www.sofresid.com  / www.octopol.fr)
  • Belgian Inopsys presented the following products: the Poly-Ox Unit which is a polyvalent mobile oxidation unit in which different Advanced Oxidation Processes can be combined and the Poly-Met Unit, a polyvalent mobile unit for the removal of different metals like zinc, iron, copper, manganese, nickel, etc. (www.inopsys.eu/nl/home
  • The Danish Bawat supplies ballast water management systems, that are based on the pasteurization technique. It uses no filters, UV or addition of chemicals to the ballast water. The systems can be used on a truck (onshore) or on a barge or even on board. (www.bawat.com)
  • The Dutch A. Dorenbos Holding presented a system for cleaning ballast water. The system was tested during a 3-month period in the port of New York.
  • Environmental Treatment Concepts from the United Kingdom offers innovative solutions for waste thickening or dewatering in water or wastewater and for energy harvesting. (www.electronicdescaler.com)

After the one-to-one meetings, the buyers and the innovators got the chance to visit the MAC2 port reception facility. MAC2 illustrated the technologically challenging Buyer’s case which was highly appreciated by all the participants. Afterwards Euroshore indicated that follow-up is to be expected on probably three of the proposed solutions.

Scale-Up event

Scale-Up is a collaboration between five European cleantech clusters from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden. The aim is to work together and speed up the introduction of innovative cleantech products  and services to the market. In 2017, 250 SME’s presented their cleantech solutions to 22 buyers including ABB, Beaulieu International Group, City of Copenhagen, Port of Rotterdam, Eneco, Engie Electrabel, Siemens, and Skanska during 14 meet-the-buyer events. SCALE-UP creates mutually beneficial collaborations between SMEs and large enterprises. Many corporates recognize the benefit of ‘open innovation’ and are keen to benefit from the innovations that emerge from the dynamic SME innovation ecosystem.