Danish water technology aiming for the stars

Denmark could play a critical part in protecting world water ressources

A new report released by the Environment and Food Ministry has revealed that Danish water technology exports have skyrocketed in recent years.

The report, which was compiled by the consultancy firm DAMVAD, showed that since 2009 exports of Danish water tech has shot up by 3.6 billion kroner to 15.9 billion kroner in 2014.

The technology has also created loads of jobs, and the first Dane in space, Andreas Mogensen, is helping test it on the International Space Station (ISS) over the next 10 days.

“These solutions don’t just have potential in space,” said Eva Kjer Hansen, the environment and food minister. “We are among the world’s best at producing technology such as pumps, membranes and ventricles, and the export has generated over 1,000 jobs in Denmark in recent years.”

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New 2030 goals
During his voyage into space, Mogensen will test three sets of water-cleansing membranes produced by the Danish company Aquaporin. The tests will involve cleaning and recycling waste water at the ISS.

During the UN General Assembly at the end of September, the world’s heads of states will convene in New York to approve new global sustainability goals. One of these goals includes access to clean water for everyone by 2030. New goals equal new growth in the industry.

“Many nations are experiencing huge challenges regarding water waste, flooding and wastewater ending up being flushed untreated into rivers, lakes or oceans,” said Hansen. “Denmark holds the answer to many of the challenges and has smart solutions to offer and I will make that clear in New York.”