Dutch Water Technology

Resource Energy


Thinking on the energy aspects of water is undergoing a small revolution, especially in relation to used water. A need to reduce carbon emissions in particular is increasingly driving efforts to introduce more efficient pumping and aeration, for example. The revolution goes wider than this. There is a long history of using digestion in post-use treatment to produce biogas. This approach in particular is being taken to new levels and the Netherlands is leading the way.

Our niche

The Netherlands has introduced the Energy Factory concept as one of the most active current efforts to create energy positive municipal water treatment plants that can export energy. This links with wider progress of implementing waste to energy plants. Progress continues to be made around the thermal processing of sludge, and other innovative approaches include collecting biogas for use as vehicle fuel.

Linked solutions

Circular watercycle
The Source, Pre-use Treatment, Use, Post-use treatment, Reuse, Return to source
Concentrating milk at the farm
Reduced discharge of manganese and sulfate containing mine water in Scandinavia
Post-use treatment, Reuse
Water utilities circular: the reuse of softening pellets as seeding material in drinking water process
Post-use treatment, Reuse
Reuse of textile water and energy recovery - PurePulse
Post-use treatment, Reuse
Online E.coli monitor to check groundwater recharge for a French golf course