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Innovative Danish solutions presented to the Estonian water sector

10.03.2017  15:10
Six Danish water companies visited Estonia and in cooperation with EVEL a water tech seminar was held at the embassy on 8 March 2017.

The Royal Danish Embassy in Tallinn in cooperation with the Estonian Waterworks Association (EVEL) facilitated a seminar "New Technologies and Innovative Solutions in the Danish Water sector". Six Danish companies were present, and 12 Estonian waterworks, consultancy companies, and producers of water and sewerage chemicals participated.

Vahur Tarkmees from the Estonian Waterworks Association (EVEL) opened the seminar by stating that the members of EVEL and their waterworks consume 90 % of consumers connected to the network.

There was a focus on EU investments in the water sector, and the Danish solutions can assist with both larger and small scale projects. Antti Tooming from the Ministry of Environment explained that the EU has set aside 140 million Euro going to the Estonian water sector. The current EU funding will most likely be the last and financing from local municipalities and companies will therefore increase over time. Antti Tooming highlighted that Denmark was the first country to sign bilateral contracts in the environmental sector.

The seminar continued with Danish companies introducing their field and experience that they can offer to Estonian colleagues.

Hedensted Spildevand A/S is a Danish wastewater company and they were present in order to share their knowledge. Hedensted Spildevand A/S is a high-tech, state of the art wastewater company with five wastewater treatment plants. They have extensive know-how and experience regarding Danish products and solutions they have used in their plants and wastewater treatment in general and company offered their knowledge to all the Estonian counterparts.

Liqflow A/S, a privately owned pump and pumping station supplier with more than 20 years of experience presented their unique High Head Centrifugal Grinder Pump. The pump is used to grind the solids present in wastewater into slurry which is then pumped through the small diameter pressure pipe. Liqflow is the only company delivering this service on the market. 

The international environmental company specializing in sustainable water treatment Krüger is a consultant, contractor and supplier of technical equipment within the areas of drinking water, process water and wastewater. Krüger is a part of Veolia, one of the largest environmental companies in the world.

Aarsleff presented their innovative renewal technology with a minimum of disturbance, and without excavation no matter whether the pipes are beneath roads or buildings. Aarsleff is the innovator of Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining (CIPP), which is a highly effective No-Dig method for pipe renewal with an expected lifetime of at least 100 years. 

Danish company Kamstrup is well-known in Estonia. In 2015 Kamstrup won a public procurement – to deliver 28.000 smart water meters to 21 Estonian water utilities. Kamstrup offers flexible end-to-end solutions that meet the unique demands of each customer. They combine the newest ultrasonic technology with remote reading, advanced pressure- and leakage surveillance and high end-user involvement. All Kamstrup products are made in Scandinavian factories.

Grundfos presented their pumps and pump systems for various purposes and the benefits of Demand Driven Distribution, pump audit and Computational Fluid Dynamics which help to provide the most sustainable water solutions.

In addition Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen from Technical University of Denmark’s Department of Environmental Engineering talked about using sandfilters for cleaning micropollutants from ground water.

The seminar brought many Estonian and Danish companies from the field together, new projects and cooperation was planned.

See photos from the event here.

Ambassador Søren Kelstrup greeting the seminar participants.