IOA-PAG Conference 2024 - Las Vegas

Nedap will be exhibiting at the 2024 IOA-PAG Conference, organised by the International Ozone Association Pan American Group (PAG).

The conference will showcase leading edge technologies for Municipal water, Municipal wastewater and Industrial process applications with special attention to both Ozone and AOP Technologies.

Date: August 26-29, 2024
Location: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, USA
EAPPC-BEAMS-EML Conference 2024 - Amsterdam

From September 22 to 26, the combined Euro-Asian Pulsed Power Conference (EAPPC 2024), the 25th International Conference on High-Power Particle Beams (BEAMS 2024) and the 20th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology (EML 2024) will take place in Amsterdam.

EAPPC – BEAMS is a bi-annual international conference in the field of Pulsed Power, High Power Microwaves and Particle Beams and in 2024 is combined for the first time with the EML symposium. This international event represents a major forum where experts from all over the world gather to share their knowledge and experience and to encourage scientific exchange and amongst industry colleagues and professionals.

Date: 22 - 26 September 2024
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
EAPCC-BEAMS-EML-2024 Conference
Meet the team
How Remco powers your efforts to create robust UV systems

Remco is a Firmware Architect at Nedap, using his skills and expertise to contribute to the development of our latest 4/8 kW UV driver. Remco has been working at Nedap for over four years and is a specialist in software and firmware development. He’s helping our customers optimize processes by providing relevant and timely data insights.

Remco and the team are ready to support you when you are designing robust UV systems.

Remco Nijenhuis
Author: Remco Nijenhuis
27 May 2024
Optimizing operations with data insights

Nedap’s software team is developing and optimizing our industry-leading ‘smart’ lamp driver portfolio. Our next-generation electronic UV lamp drivers feature integrated Modbus communication and support onsite Bluetooth diagnostic monitoring – giving ultimate control.

Remco is involved in continuously enhancing the smart UV driver platform to supply the user with all relevant information about the driver and lamp.

Remco Nijenhuis - Nedap UV

“The drivers continuously measure and analyse the signals to guarantee efficient and uninterruptible operation. Providing customer insights about the performance of the driver and lamp enables them to optimize their systems and schedule maintenance.”

Remco Nijenhuis
Firmware Architect
Software tools
Innovative technology that's simple to implement and deploy

Next-generation UV drivers – including Nedap’s 4kW UV driver – use a Windows-based PC software tool that makes it easy to configure, control and monitor lamp driver data. The advanced software solution provides developers with more effective tools for testing the lamp driver and the UV solution. They can optimise systems during the design phase.

The integrated Bluetooth diagnostic monitoring provides real-time monitoring, alerts, diagnosis, and fault finding. Service engineers receive instant access to performance information and insights without disrupting the operational processes controlled by Modbus. 

Iphone showing the Nedap UV App
How our team powers you

Remco and his expert colleagues in Nedap’s R&D department are ready to support your field engineers. They can provide specialist advice and guidance at any stage of the process, working with you to improve the reliability and optimise the performance of your UV system.

Want to know how our UV driver technology can power your ambitions? Let’s discover it together.

Our team powers you
Meet the team
How Ziad powers your efforts to solve problems and overcome challenges

Ziad Taiem is the latest addition to the Nedap team. He started in November 2023, with his first week coinciding with the Aquatech fair in Amsterdam. The high-profile event was the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with the world of UV and Nedap’s leading role in the industry.

Today, Ziad is well-versed in UV driver technology and a dedicated member of the R&D team, where he is heavily involved in supporting existing customers and developing new hardware.

Ziad Taiem
Author: Ziad Taiem
22 April 2024
First impressions count

Nedap’s R&D team comprises experienced electrical hardware engineers, design and mechanical engineers and embedded software architects.

“When I first arrived at Nedap, I was amazed by the company’s remarkable scale and outstanding design. As I entered our office, I was warmly welcomed by my supervisor and colleagues, who not only extended their hospitality but also conveyed to me that I was a significant part of the team. This welcome left an important impression on me, affirming my sense of belonging and significance within the team.”

Bart Bouwhuis and Ziad Taiem

By listening to concerns and questions – and then providing assistance, guidance and resources – we help our customers solve problems and overcome challenges they face in their projects. We maintain continuous communication with our partners, working together to identify root causes, brainstorm solutions, and implement strategies.

 

Ziad Taiem
Hardware engineer
Ziad Taiem
Customer support
New developments

Over the past 30 years, Nedap’s UV driver portfolio has developed to incorporate a broad range of low– and medium–pressure solutions. Because our partners rely on them for long-term use, quality, continuity, and customer support are crucial.

The R&D team develops new products and plays an important role in providing technical support to customers, serving as a knowledge base for our partners. Currently, the team is working on a new driver for low-pressure UV lamps. The unveiling will occur in early May during IFAT (Munich) and IUVA/Radtech (Orlando).

How our team powers you

Ziad and his expert colleagues in our R&D department are ready to support your field engineers during the design phase. Our team is available whenever you require assistance. How can our UV driver technology power your ambitions? Let’s discover it together.

Our team powers you
Case study
UV peroxide advanced oxidation plant in Andijk (NL)

Andijk, the Netherlands, is home to the world’s first integrated membrane and UV peroxide advanced oxidation plant. The drinking water facility produces 120 million liters a day. The state-of-the-art UV installation is powered by Nedap’s sustainable UV lamp driver technology. 

Water treatment plant, Andijk

The water treatment plant uses surface water to create drinking water. This means that micro-pollutants need to be removed. The UV advanced oxidation process treats the water, destroying pesticides, hormones, and pharmaceuticals. At the same time, it also functions as an extra disinfection barrier for viruses and bacteria. 

Solution

The facility in Andijk is equipped with 12 multi-lamp reactors (3 rows of 4 reactors), each containing 16 mediumpressure UV lamps. The reactors are powered by a total of 192 mediumpressure 12 kW drivers from Nedap. During operation, the lamps are dimmed to save energy and extend the lamp lifespan.

Results
  • Energy savings 
  • Reliable (almost 20 years in operation now) 
  • Lower operation costs
Energy savings

The high electrical efficiency of Nedap drivers (>95%), combined with the low THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and high Power Factor, results in reduced load and losses in the power grid. Nedap’s UL/cUL approved lamp drivers also support stepless dimming, which has three major advantages:

  1. Energy saving  
  2. Longer/extended lamp lifespan
  3. Preventing UV-overdoses 

Communication via Modbus

Nedap’s lamp drivers support Modbus to provide real-time operational data of the system, via a PLC network. This gives operators insights into the performance of the drivers and connected lamps

Full control with Nedap software

Dedicated Nedap software can be used by engineers to test the electronic platform and to fine-tune the UV lamp settings in relation to the required UV levels, preventing overdoses. The embedded software has a diagnose functionality to report about lamp status, lamp failure, lamp driver temperature and other system operations.

A clear choice for Nedap

NR. 1 technology

Most efficient driver technology, requires less installation space. >900.000 electronic UV lamp drivers installed and in use worldwide.

Flexibility

Digital lamp selection and optimisation.

Reliable

Robust designs, resulting in optimal performance and an average service life of > 10 years.

Insights

Embedded software for system data reporting.

UV insights
René Ooijmans
Blogs
25 Mar, 2024
How René powers your efforts to build energy-efficient UV systems
Blogs
19 Feb, 2024
How UV technology can contribute to the EU wastewater treatment targets
Meet the team
How René powers your efforts to build energy-efficient UV systems

René has worked at Nedap for over 25 years. He has been captain of the R&D team for the last eight years and is closely involved in developing our product portfolio, including new driver technologies and solutions. Together with the team, René specialises in translating customer insights into new product features, ensuring we stay at the forefront of innovation.

Author: René Ooijman
25 March 2024
Leading UV lamp driver innovation

The R&D team – led by René – is focused on developing UV drivers and platforms with the features our customers need. One relevant example is the ‘smart’ 4/8 kW lamp driver platform, a new product inspired by feedback from our valued customers.

The design of our drivers stands out and delivers high energy efficiency levels. This is important for two reasons. First, it means that less electrical energy is wasted as heat, which is environmentally friendly and results in cost savings for the end user. Second, a high-efficiency product is generally more reliable because it produces less heat stress on components.

René Ooijman
Captain R&D team
René Ooijmans
How does it work?
How our UV driver technology makes the difference

At Nedap, we create a genuine, sustainable, and positive impact on the planet by developing solutions that enhance our customers’ success. Our R&D team focusses on creating products that optimize your UV solution’s performance and minimise operational costs.

Nedap’s UV lamp drivers address two key factors: saving energy and reducing service costs. Curious about the mechanism behind it? In this video we unravel the details.

How our team powers you

René and his expert colleagues in our R&D department are ready to support your field engineers during the design phase. They are available to provide expert advice and guidance at any stage of the process, working with you to unlock efficiencies and improve environmental protection.

Want to know how our UV driver technology can power your ambitions? Let’s discover it together.

Our team powers you
European Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive
How UV technology can contribute to the EU's wastewater treatment targets

Ozon oxidation and UV advanced oxidation haven proven to be effective technologies for removal of micro-pollutants in wastewater. Because these technologies use (renewable) electrical energy and produce no waste, they have potential to help water utilities to reduce the CO2-footprint and reach their neutrality target.

We partner with UV professionals globally to create energy efficient UV systems at the lowest total costs of ownership. Integrating energy efficient UV drivers helps to reduce operational costs and carbon footprint, creating future proof UV systems.

Author: Olga Kruidhof
20 February 2024
Agreement on European Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive

On January 29th, the Council and the European Parliament’s negotiators reached a provisional political agreement on a proposal to review the urban wastewater treatment directive. The revised directive is one of the key deliverables under the EU’s zero-pollution action plan.

In the agreement, the co-legislators aligned the thresholds and timelines for quaternary treatment (the removal of a broad spectrum of micro-pollutants). By 2045, Member states will have to ensure the application of quaternary treatment in larger plants of 150,000 population equivalent and above, with intermediate targets in 2033 and 2039 for quaternary treatment.

Energy neutrality and renewables

The co-legislators also agreed that the urban wastewater treatment sector could play a significant role in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping the EU achieve its climate neutrality objective. They introduced an energy neutrality target, meaning that by 2045 urban wastewater treatment plants will have to produce energy from renewable sources, based on regular energy audits, with progressive intermediate targets. This energy can be produced on or off-site, and up to 35% of non-fossil energy can be purchased from external sources. This percentage only applies to the final target.

Designing systems with optimal electrical efficiency has always been our focus. Now it’s even more relevant because of the sustainability ambitions of governments.

Bart Bouwhuis
Electronic design engineer Nedap
Energy efficiency in water management

Energy efficiency is increasingly important for governments and industries. It is seen as the first building block for any energy strategy and stated in the COP28 declaration. In Germany, wastewater treatment facilities currently account for 20% of energy consumption, making them the biggest municipal energy consumers (source: FONA). In the coming decades, a further shortage of conventional energy sources and an increase in energy costs can be expected. Increasing energy and resource efficiency in water management is therefore of crucial importance worldwide.

Advancements in oxidation technologies

The opportunity for advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) in water and wastewater treatment is growing concurrently with the increasing drive towards water reuse and stricter regulations for wastewater discharge. This brings AOPs to the forefront of dealing with new treatment challenges.


Leading the way

With more than 16,000 publicly owned wastewater treatment systems, the United States forms a large potential market for UV vendors. The industry is familiar with UV-hydrogen peroxide treatment due to several decades of experience. UV treatment coupled with the addition of hydrogen peroxide is the most commonly employed AOP for municipal water and wastewater, either for drinking water or municipal water reuse. This is due to the simple fact that it often comes out as the most cost-effective solution. The UV/hydrogen peroxide combination has been installed in major treatment plants since the early 2000s, with the 2008s Orange County, CA being the first ‘toilet-to-tap’ treatment plant in the USA.

Combining technology increases effectiveness and efficiency

Ozon oxidation and UV advanced oxidation have proven to be effective technologies for removal of micro-pollutants in wastewater. Because these technologies use (renewable) electrical energy and produce no waste, they have potential to help water utilities to reduce the carbon footprint and reach their neutrality target. Several pilots have been conducted to compare the carbon footprint (meanly energy costs) of UV peroxide oxidation and ozonation with other technologies, like Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) or Powdered Activated Carbon in Activated Sludge (PACAS).

 

> Image: The MicroForce++ technology combines ozonation and biological oxidation and has a removal efficiency of 80%, low carbon footprint and low cost per m3 treated water.

Customization being the standard

The pilots and full-scale applications have set a clear rule: there is no one size fits all approach. The make-up of streams that require treatment varies wildly from industry to industry (and sometimes between streams in one facility) and technology application requires large amounts of customization. Full scale pilot studies do show that when combining filtration technologies with ozonization or an AOP step with UV and hydrogen peroxide, the removal efficiencies greatly increase. This results in high quality water that for example can be reused in the industrial processes.

 

> Image: The Ozone treatment technology of MicroForce shows that the total CO2 footprint only slightly increases compared to the reference situation without post-treatment, and that this increase is almost entirely due to the energy required to generate and introduce the ozone.

Lower CO2 Footprint of UV Treatment

Dutch research conducted by Witteveen + Bos (2023) showed that UV peroxide oxidation technology can have a lower or comparable environmental impact in certain cases compared to activated carbon and ozonation. This is highly dependent on the UV transmission of the wastewater. Higher transmission means lower energy consumption. In case of low transmission, the wastewater can be pretreated with a sand filter and flocculation.

 

> Image: The Advanox AOP system combines UV-C light with hydrogen peroxide to effectively break down micro-pollutants. The CO2- footprint primarily consists of the required electronic energy. This consumption is the smallest when the water has high transmission values (70% T10); then the technology works most efficiently, and the CO2 footprint is lower compared to other technologies. If renewable energy is also utilized, the impact decreases even further.
Source: H2OWaternetwerk.nl (Sept. 2023)

How Nedap UV driver technology helps to reduce energy consumption

Within the proven UV technology, there are two main streams: low-pressure and medium-pressure systems. Low-pressure UV systems are more energy-efficient compared to the more compact medium-pressure systems. By accurately and smartly controlling the large, multi-lamp systems, the system can become even more energy efficient. The electrical efficiency of the UV lamp drivers also makes a difference.  This is exactly what distinguishes Nedap driver technology.  

 

> Image: St Anthony Village is the 35th public water system in North America to specifically treat 1,4 Dioxane using Advanced Oxidation with UV-Peroxide. The six (6) Trojan UVPhox Reactors each contain 144 low-pressure high-output UV lamps. The overall system can remove more than 99% of 1,4 Dioxane at Peak Flow Conditions of 3,000 GPM. Source: www.health.state.mn.us (August 2017)

Contact us

Nedap is dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint through smart driver technology that meets current regulations and anticipates future trends. Get in touch to discover how our team can support your business.

Reduce operational costs and carbon footprint by integrating energy efficient UV drivers
Build robust systems with drivers that have a lifetime of >10 years.
Create smart systems that provide users with data insights
Weftec exhibit 2024

Join Nedap UV at the WEFTEC 2024 Exhibit! This event will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from October 5 to October 9, 2024.

CSRD: A new era in accountability
7 Q&A’s about this new legislation

The Corporate Sustainability Report Directive (CSRD) mandates that companies under European legislation transparently report on their handling of sustainability related issues. Companies have the discretion to select for themselves the subjects they deem relevant based on their specific 1) impact and/or 2) major opportunities/risks. 

When will businesses need to start implementing it?

On January 5th, 2023, the CSRD came into force. Companies in the EU will have to apply the new rules in the 2024 financial year, for reports due in 2025. If you are a large company (>500 employees) or a public-interest entity, you will have to comply with the CSRD requirements by 2024. 

What is the impact of the new CSRD on UV businesses?

CSRD is a reason to start thinking about your own impact; your partners might ask for this as well. You can begin by gathering data about your current operations to gain relevant insights. This involves formalizing sustainability practices and developing policies to support it. For this, it is essential that businesses establish clear targets and define their sustainability ambitions. The impact of the CSRD is the necessity for UV businesses to develop and implement procedures to ensure compliance to the legislation.

What does it entail and how can UV businesses act upon it to create added value?

CSRD will increase awareness on sustainable water management, presenting an opportunity for the application of UV technology. This aligns closely with the goals of the CSRD, particularly in areas such as: 

Climate change and UV technology:

In terms of climate change, UV technology plays a crucial role. For climate change adaptation (E.1.1), UV water treatment ensures that water quality is maintained even when environmental conditions change. In terms of climate change mitigation (E.1.2), UV technology stands out for its efficiency and use of (renewable) electrical energy, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a similar way, energy efficiency measures in UV driver technology help businesses reduce the overall carbon footprint.

Pollution reduction & Water and marine resources management

UV technology contributes to reducing pollution in air and water (E.2.1-2.2). It can purify and cure substances without the use of harmful chemicals.

UV technology aids sustainable water management by addressing aspects like withdrawals, consumption and discharges (E.3.1- 3.5). This means that water is preserved and as such are marine ecosystems.

 

UV technology and circular economy:

UV technology has a minimal operating impact (E5). The waste-free process aligns with resource-efficient and sustainable water policies. Extending the end of life of components (drivers and lamps) in UV systems also leads to a reduction of waste.

Does the EU regulation also affect businesses from abroad, for example the USA?

If companies have significant activities in the EUincluding physical presence and have a net turnover of 150 million euros ($ 161) for two consequent years, CSRD applies to them. 

How is Nedap incorporating CSRD?

Nedap has set clear sustainability objectives. For our UV market, our focus is on creating more energy-efficient operations. Since we produce devices which are electrically powered, the lifecycle analyses of UV drivers revealed that energy use has the most impact in the total product lifecycle (>90%). Our impact is limited by the high efficiency design of the drivers. As a result, the exposure of Nedap drivers is significantly lower compared to other drivers in the market. In close collaboration with our partners, we will look at how we can further extend the lifespan of drivers, for example by creating more awareness about the optimal temperature in installations.

My tip? Don’t sideline CSRD to a lone department. Make it a team sport. Involve diverse minds from across your organization. Focus on what matters for your sustainability strategy. Remember, CSRD isn’t just a mandate – it’s your ticket to achieving real sustainability goals. 

 

Daniëlle van der Sluijs
Chief Financial Officer at Nedap
How does Nedap support business to comply with this new legislation?

The CSRD requires companies to provide information on their energy consumption. Nedap’s UV technology aligns with the CSRD goals by optimizing energy usage. Our UV lamp drivers are designed to be energy-efficient, which can help reduce the overall energy consumption of the system they are part of. In concrete:

Helping you to gain more insights into the performance of drivers during operation, by using our smart UV driver technology.
Reducing energy consumption by further optimizing operation.
Getting more insights into the effect of smart driver technology in extending the lamp life.
Case study
UV peroxide advanced oxidation plant in Andijk (NL)

Andijk, the Netherlands, is home to the world’s first integrated membrane and UV peroxide advanced oxidation plant. The drinking water facility produces 120 million liters a day. The state-of-the-art UV installation is powered by Nedap’s sustainable UV lamp driver technology. 

The stepless dimming of the UV lamps by Nedap drivers ensures extra energy savings and prevents unwanted (chemical) by-products. Nedap technology contributes to significantly reducing the electrical losses in the installation and the electricity network due to high efficiency, high power factor, and very low harmonic distortion (THD).

Contact us

Nedap is dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint through smart driver technology that meets current regulations and anticipates future trends. Get in touch to discover how leveraging the CSRD can benefit your business. 

AQUATECH 2023: A recap

Earlier this month, Nedap was proud to exhibit at the Aquatech Amsterdam trade show. Held from the 6th to the 9th of November at Amsterdam RAI, AQUATECH 2023 was the biggest event of its kind so far, with more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and drawing over 25,000 professional visitors. Attendees explored trends around wastewater treatment, purification methods and more.

Key market developments

Growing global awareness of water treatment and storage challenges, driven by climate change and population growth, fuels interest in each part of the water supply chain. Through presentations and networking areas on all kinds of water-related topics, AQUATECH 2023 showcased innovative solutions and new developments that could mitigate some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

1. Circular economy in water treatment

At Aquatech, new pilot schemes were presented, showcasing energy-neutral treatment projects and resource-efficient initiatives looking to reduce water waste and lower carbon footprints. Additionally, new business models were also presented, including ‘wastewater-as-a-service’.

2. Growing PFAS market

The issue of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other forms of so-called “forever chemicals” was another important topic featured at the show. It is clear that a ‘tech stack’ of solutions will be necessary to deliver unity in this market.

3. Removal of micropollutants

Another topic presented during the show surrounded the removal of pharmaceuticals and agricultural additives from sewage water. Treatment plants are setting up pilots to test different combinations of technologies, mostly driven by regulations such as the European Framework Directive (2027) and the European Wastewater Directive (2030).

4. Treatment of different industrial wastewater streams

For many industries, compliance with regulation is a driving force in treating wastewater streams. It is clear that depending on the situation, application, and the stream of wastewater itself, a ‘tech stack’ of solutions is also required in this area.

Technology developments

As was made clear during the show, the removal of micropollutants with a quaternary step is dependent on three mainstream technologies:
Activated carbon (PAC / PACAS)
Ozone (Ozone / AOP with UV)
Filtration (Nanofiltration technology/sand filtration)

During pilot studies of these three approaches, crucial parameters, including carbon footprint reduction, waste minimisation, and the cost per cubic metre of treated water, were key considerations.

Nedap witnessed the importance of applying a ‘tech stack’ approach to both proven and new solutions. By integrating UV technologies with innovations like ultra or nano-filtration technology, superior results were achieved, eliminating 70 to 80% of micropollutants from sewage and wastewater. In Ozone water treatment, UV is used to deplete unwanted byproducts.

Concerning ozone water treatment, UV light is used to deplete unwanted byproducts. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP) use UV light to reduce low-molecular-weight contaminants that may bypass Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes, such as pharmaceutical residues, endocrine disruptor chemicals, or industrial solvents. The UV AOP process requires using UV light along with an oxidant, such as hydrogen peroxide or chlorine, to enhance the purification process. 

Circular economy approach of Nedap drivers

At Aquatech, we observed a growing interest in UV technology as a sustainable solution for water treatment. Our sustainable driver technology helps utilities in lowering carbon footprint during operation. Additionally, the extended lifespan of Nedap drivers, significantly reduces the total cost of ownership. Eager to experience the impact? Use our digital calculator to estimate your savings.

Networking and knowledge sharing

As a hub of water professionals from all over the world, AQUATECH 2023 offered a perfect chance to network and share insights with industry peers.

 

To find out more regarding the exciting developments and thought-provoking debates that emerged at AQUATECH 2023, as well as the ongoing role that Nedap expects to play in the fast-moving world of water treatment, get in touch with us!

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