The collaboration for clean water

05-12-2017

When the combination of biotech with cutting-edge water technology happen, you may find new solutions to some of the most pressing global issues concerning water scarcity. Hence, making a direct impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims at securing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

This is the scope, when the world’s leading expert in enzymes and microorganisms, Novozymes, and Grundfos, the global leader in advanced pump technologies, enter an open innovation collaboration.

The partnership took place on HelloScience.io, an online universe launched by Novozymes in September 2017 where entrepreneurs, start-ups and others can connect with industry.

“This is a great opportunity. Partnering with Grundfos opens new possibilities for Novozymes, the HelloScience platform and its users. Until now, we have been able to connect the start-ups and academics, who are part of this network, with our knowledge about enzymes and microorganisms, and allowing them to use samples in their work, but now we can also connect them with Grundfos’ expertise in water treatment,” said Claus Crone Fuglsang, senior vice president of Research & Technology at Novozymes.

The two companies has recently embarked on their innovation voyage. Four specific challenges will be posted online, allowing all in the HelloScience community to pitch their ideas on how to secure clean water for more people – and receive sparring, input and assistance from both Novozymes and Grundfos. The two companies seek solutions to remove polluting chemicals from water and improve cleaning of wastewater. That includes better filtering, less sludge, and recovery of phosphate, a precious nutrient, from wastewater.

“This is an excellent chance to see what we can do in combination with Novozymes. Adding biotechnology to what we can do in for instance digital dosing might very well open brand-new possibilities for e.g. water treatment. And while we strengthen our connection with Novozymes, we also get an opportunity to review fresh takes on the water challenges from all over the world. We need new partnerships to solve these great challenges, and this is another step down that road,” said Lars Enevoldsen, group vice president of Technology & Innovation at Grundfos.