The winners of the Huber Technology Prize 2010: FUTURE WATER have been determined

Ceremonial award of the prizes endowed with EUR 10,000 at IFAT 2010

The awarded participants together with Dr.-Ing. E.h. Hans G. Huber, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Fritz Brickwedde, Prof. Dr. mult. Peter A. Wilderer and Dr.-Ing. Grambow

Award of the 1st prize to Dr. Paritam Kumar Dutta by MDgt. Dr. Grambow

The award ceremony was moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Bischof of University Amberg-Weiden

The 3 winners (ltr): Ian Clark, Dr. Paritam Kumar Dutta, Dr. Kilian Langenbach

Our water is safe.” This statement may apply to many regions in the world but by far not to all. A task of the future therefore is to find and implement NEW SOLUTIONS TO OLD PROBLEMS.

This task therefore was made the subject of this year’s international Huber Technology Prize 2010: FUTURE WATER. A lot of students from Germany and abroad submitted their ideas, proposals and elaborate project works. The selection of the winners was definitely not easy for the jury that consisted of Prof. Dr. mult. Peter Wilderer, Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Cornel, Technicel University Darmstadt, Prof. Dr. Goen Ho, Murdoch University Australia and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Bischof, University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden. On 16 September 2010, at IFAT 2010, the winners were announced by MDgt. Dr. Grambow representing the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and the prizes awarded in an official ceremony under the presence of numerous guests. Mr. Egetenmeier, managing director of Munich International Trade Fairs, welcomed the audience before Dr. Hans G. Huber explained in his speech the goals of the Huber Technology Foundation. Dr. Fritz Brickwedde, secretary general of Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) finally spoke on the intelligent and sustainable use of water.

The third prize endowed with 2,000 Euro went to Ian Clark of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His submission to the competition, “Bio-electrically Stimulated Microbial Oxyanion Reduction“, presents an energy-efficient method on the basis of electro-chemical processes that permits the removal of undesired materials, such as perchlorate, arsenic or nitrate, from ground water. The second prize winner comes from Germany. Dr. Kilian Langenbach from the Technical University of Munich, chair of sanitary engineering, secured himself the prize money of 3,000 Euro with his contribution “New insights into the impact of key process parameters on bacteria removal lay the basis for optimized design recommendations”. In his dissertation he managed to provide the scientific basis to better understand the processes going on in slow sand filters and improve their dimensioning in the future. First prize winner Dr. Paritam Kumar Dutta from the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) of the University of Queensland, Australia and born in Bangladesh, received 5,000 Euro for his proposal on the “Electrochemical Removal and Recovery of Sulfide from Wastewater: Microbial Interactions and Process Development”. The focus of his paper is on the development of an energy-efficient method for the removal of sulfide from wastewater and its recovery as a valuable material.

After the official award ceremony all winners and guests got together at the DWA stand to conclude the evening in an informal atmosphere.