Innovation Award winners
The winners of 2020 represent three different approaches to innovation: Sustainability, Business Development and Technology Development.

Innovation is everywhere! From 2020 onwards, the Innovation Award is awarded as three parallel awards:

      • Sustainability ​Innovation Award
      • Business Development Innovation Award 
      • Technology Innovation Award

The team behind each winning project is awarded 10,000 €, a statuette and a diploma at the 2020 Grundfos Prize ceremony.

Sustainability winner: PowerAdapt

The Jury awarded the Sustainability prize to Jakob Normann Olesen, Jesper Blankenfeldt,Thomas Christensen and Tobias Malik Vermehren for their project ”PowerAdapt – mix solar power supply with your back-up energy source for a constant performance”.
"PowerAdapt reduces pollution and improves the economy of solar water supplies dramatically for the benefit of the owners and the planet."
2020 Innovation Award Jury
With only solar power, pumping performance changes over the day with fluctuations, even during peak hours. PowerAdapt allows you to safely mix solar power (DC) with grid/generator power (AC) to deliver a constant power for any pumping operation.
Tobias Malik Vermehren, Thomas Christensen, Jesper Blankenfeldt, and Jakob Normann Olesen in the PowerAdapt Test lab.

Tobias Malik Vermehren, Thomas Christensen, Jesper Blankenfeldt, and Jakob Normann Olesen in the PowerAdapt Test lab.

Business Development winner: Smart Filtration Suite

The Jury awarded the Business Development prize to Helle Kem Rehmeier, Dominik Marek Dominiak, Victor Augusto Yangali Quintanilla, Carsten Persner, Marco Witte, Nestor Bernad Folia, Mads Veje Knudsen, Simon Hansen, Tom Sels, Patricia Soetens, and Vincent Groenendijk – the group behind the project ”Smart Filtration Suite – Optimization Algorithms for water reuse and decentralized water treatment”.
"Using algorithms to optimise the total system performance not only creates new business opportunities, but also reduces the energy and chemical consumption, benefiting the environment. "
2020 Innovation Award Jury
The Smart Filtration Suite offers a set of algorithms to optimize membrane filtration systems as well as self-adaptive optimized backwash time and frequency for micro-and ultrafiltration installations.
Helle Kem Rehmeier, Dominik Marek Dominiak, Victor Augusto Yangali Quintanilla, Carsten Persner, Marco Witte, Nestor Bernad Folia, Mads Veje Knudsen, Simon Hansen, Tom Sels, Patricia Soetens, and Vincent Groenendijk - the group behind the project ”Smart Filtration Suite

From left:  Carsten Persner, Nestor Bernad Folia, Patricia Soetens, Tom Sels, Victor Augusto Yangali Quintanilla,  Simon Hansen,  Helle Kem Rehmeier,  Dominik Marek Dominiak, Marco Witte, and Vincent Groenendijk – all part of the project ”Smart Filtration Suite.

Technology winner: Enabling safe water with UV LEDs

The Jury awarded the Technology prize of EUR 10,000 to Bo Højris and Christian Smith for their project ”Enabling safe water with UV LEDs”.
"The idea elegantly takes advantage of the unique features of UV LEDs to create a product with more integrated functionality than th e current state of art."
2020 Innovation Award Jury
The core of the idea is to place a photodiode inside a UV disinfection chamber and periodically modulate the light from the UV LED light sources – something not possible with standard UV lamps. The photodiode can then detect the water quality and separately monitor the light source quality and the reactor fouling. The water quality parameter can be used to control the feed pump.
Christian Smith og Bo Højris fremviser prototype på UV LED reaktor.

Christian Smith og Bo Højris with their UV LED reactor prototype.