Fish-friendly pump wins Pentair innovation awardDecember 01, 2011
Pentair was recently recognized for its innovative efforts in creating a fish-friendly water pump at Aquatech Amsterdam, a trade exhibition for process, drinking and waste water. Pentair won the Aquatech Innovation Award 2011, which recognizes the most innovative product, service or solution for the water industry.
Called the Niijhuis, Pentair's pump is used in pumping stations as a way to prevent the injury and death of fish during migration. The pump features a specially shaped impeller and vanes that allow the fish to move safely through the blades, despite the pump's high speed. There's also more space between the blades, which reduces the chance of fish or eels being hit.
"This represents a major breakthrough for the long term problem of the killing of fish, which had remained unresolved despite the enormous efforts of science and industry. Pentair Nijhuis has succeeded in designing and producing a relatively efficient pump that does not kill fish," said Jury Chairman and Scientific Director of Westus Cees Buisman.
The Pentair pump was unanimously voted the winner by a jury of experts.
The Minneapolis-based company also won an award in the category of "Innovation Not to Market Yet" for its X-Flow HF Nano. This product combines the benefits of nanofiltration and hollow fiber technology into one process making it capable of removing pollutant that are impossible to eliminate with the current technology.
A total of 50 entries were submitted across five categories for the Aquatech awards and were judged on the balance and interaction between the originality of the product, feasibility (technical, economic, reliability) and sustainability (environment, safety, and energy efficiency).