Access to state-of-the-art facilities

Start-ups and innovative SMEs need to have access to facilities to test their ideas, scale-up and bring their technology to market. It is also important for them to receive customers and partners in a professional environment, even better when these meetings can occur in an environment where there can be a symbiosis between different organizations.

We are happy to help! Interested?
Please contact Ronald Wielinga our manager entrepreneurship on +31 6 121 38 876 or or read more below.

At WaterCampus we have a broad range of facilities available to make your live a lot easier. The facilities include:

  • Office space
  • Lab and test facilities
  • Demosites
  • Our partners’ facilities

Please see more details about our facilities below.

Office space

In the past years, WaterCampus Business Centre ‘Johannes de Doper’, has become the hotspot for water technology companies. This former Catholic church has been transformed into modern communal business premises with various office spaces (from 30 m2 to 100 m2). The business centre also offers excellent conference facilities and many other services such as renting out flex desks. A flex desk includes a desk, a comfortable office chair, a telephone and an internet connection. Water Alliance is based in the Business Centre.

In 2015 WaterCampus Leeuwarden expanded with a new building measuring 6700 square meters. The facilities include offices, laboratories and conference rooms. The building and its offices and laboratory space received a BREEAM-NL Excellent score – a unique score when it comes to sustainable construction and use. As the main tenant, Wetsus uses more than 90% of the building. The Centre of Expertise for Water Technology is also based here.

We are happy to talk with you to deliver a tailor-made solution for all your requirements regarding new business premises. Please contact, without obligations, Evelien Walstra from the municipality of Leeuwarden.

Water Application Centre: research & test facilities

The Water Application Centre (WAC) is a unique location where companies and institutes can independently perform their research. If desired, support in applied research can be provided by the Centre of Expertise for Water Technology, with the option of collaborating with students and teachers of middle vocational colleges and universities of applied science.

The WAC is fed with a supply of various water types for research purposes. The WAC’s facilities include a research hall where test installations can be placed or built within a comprehensive infrastructure framework. The WAC is further equipped with chemical, microbiological and molecular laboratories including all the necessary equipment and expertise. The WAC offers a complete analysis package in collaboration with other laboratories in the region, allowing for the testing and measurement of all the components involved in the research process.

We are happy to talk with you in order to deliver a tailor-made solutions. Please contact, without obligations, Koos Oosterhaven, director of the Water Application Centre.


Do you need to scale up? WaterCampus offers a unique set of demonstration-sites for pilot plant testing and demonstration projects on a cubic meter scale, located within a radius of 50 km around WaterCampus Leeuwarden. There are four demosites in total, each representing a certain water type or application. The sites have all permits for testing, preventing the usual delays related to applying for permits. Consequently, on-demand and plug-and-play tests can be performed, on a cubic meter scale, 24 hours a day.

Municipal wastewater treatment technologies – Wetterskip Fryslân

Entrepreneurs developing technologies for the sustainable, cost-efficient or environmental friendly water treatment can test and demonstrate their technology at the Wetterskip demo site. This demo site has all the necessary facilities for testing and demonstrating technologies on a large scale under practical conditions using a wide range of water types, including waste water, sludge and effluent.

Hospital wastewater treatment technologies – Antonius Hospital

Entrepreneurs working on technologies to eliminate medicines and medicine residues from wastewater can test and demonstrate their technology at the Antonius Hospital’s demo site. The hospital supplies the water at the demo site.

Desalination technologies – Wetsalt

The Wetsalt demo site offers testing facilities for technologies for the sustainable desalination of sea water and technologies to generate energy from water. Situated at the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam), the Wetsalt demo site can access to both seawater and freshwater. Additionally, the demo site has access to condensate, brine and canal water from the nearby canals.

Sensor technologies – Sentec

The Sentec demo site offers a great variety of water types and cutting-edge laboratory facilities to entrepreneurs who are developing sensors and data-measuring equipment.

We are happy to talk with you to deliver a tailor-made solution. Please contact, without obligations, Jordi Moreno project manager innovation at the Centre of Expertise Water Technology. It is also interesting to be aware of the possibilities to join the Water Test Network.

NEW Validation facilities

NEW-TTT is a project of Deltares, the University of Groningen and Wetsus about knowledge valorisation. The project (financially) supports researchers and startups with a good innovative idea in the field of water technology to validate the idea at the appropriate facility available at the WaterCampus (see above), Deltares, INNOLAB or ZAP Groningen. NEW-ttt is partly financed by a subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

See also this awesome video of the facilities that Deltares offers.

Contact Nick Leung, responsible for the validation within NEW if you are interested to learn more about the possibilities.

Curious how NEW can support you with validation tests? As part of the NEW project, we made a video of Water Waves to inspire you.