Two US companies win 2016 China BlueTech Awards

The China BlueTech Awards were presented at Aquatech China

Industrial wastewater specialist, OriginClear, and stormwater company, PaveDrain have won the first ever China BlueTech Awards. The innovation shown by the two US companies impressed the judges of this new award, co-organised by Mandarin Environmental and BlueTech Research, and presented at Aquatech China, China’s largest water industry expo.

“These innovative technologies for water treatment and stormwater management were selected from a highly competitive field of entrants and deserve every success,” Paul O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of BlueTech Research, told The Source. “Interest in these new awards has exceeded our expectations and reflects the importance of China as a vibrant market for this sector.”

OriginClear and PaveDrain competed against a field of 30 water and wastewater technology companies from Europe, Israel, and North America, all focused on demonstrating their technology’s readiness for the China market. Entrants included a wide spectrum of small and large capitalisation companies with solutions across key industry submarkets, including industrial, municipal, biosolids, and stormwater.

The judges were impressed by OriginClear’s advanced water cleanup technology, Electro-Water Separation, which is based on electrochemistry and will tackle China’s most recalcitrant type of pollutants. Scalable, with a low operational cost, it will be incorporated as a modular add-on to existing water treatment sites in China or built as a standalone process flow.

“Winning this award is a strong endorsement and recognition of the attractiveness of our solution for the industrial wastewater treatment market in China,” said Jean-Louis Kindler, President of OriginClear. “I want to thank everyone involved, especially the very impressive group of competitors whom all deserve equal recognition for their solutions.”

PaveDrain’s solution for stormwater also captured the attention of the judges. The PaveDrain system was created under the premise of allowing stormwater runoff from streets, roads, roofs and parking lots to quickly infiltrate into the ground. This places less stress on the sewer systems, can help reduce localised flooding and helps water infiltrate back into the groundwater table.

“We had been looking for a way to demonstrate our solution to prospective Chinese partners, and the China BlueTech Awards represented exactly the right channel to accomplish this,” said Doug Buch, CEO of PaveDrain.