The Synergos Communicatie qualifying round on June 20 focused on the cross-over themes water and energy. An inspiring afternoon showcasing a range of innovations and ideas. Six pitchers competed with their innovation for a place on the Making Waves longlist and on the Making Waves podium. Participants Slow Mill, Sea Spring Cities by Boskalis, Dynamic Tidal Power, Tocardo, Ronamic and Bluerise took the stage to pitch. The audience voted for the first winner. With one-third of the votes Erwin Croughs won with his innovation Slow Mill, allowing to generate energy from North-Sea waves.

Water & Energy pitchers and jury

The other two winners were selected by the expert jury. This panel consisted of Cora-Yfke Sikkema (councillor sustainability, management & maintenance and mobility of the municipality of Haarlem), Inge Lardinois (head of department programming water policy of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), Cornelis Israël (adviser knowledge- and innovationmanagement water at Rijkswaterstaat) and Andre Oldenkamp (independent adviser De Ruimte Advies). After a profound deliberation, head of the jury Cora-Yfke Sikkema announced the other two winners and thanked all the pitchers for their inspiring pitch. Nick Reijmers from Boskalis and Remi Blokker from Bluerise were the selected winners by the jury. The innovative idea Sea Spring Cities by Boskalis is a concept that utilizes submarine springs to create a sustainable and environmental friendly source of fresh water. The innovation of Bluerise is based on the technology Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), using the heat difference between the deeper ocean and equatorial surface waters to generate energy.

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