First published on the Cleantech Investor website, November 2012. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd.
A strong water theme emerged at this year’s GP Bullhound Cleantech Connect Awards with i2O Water scooping the overall Judges’ Award, BlueWater Bio securing the award for the ‘One to Watch’ and Newlisi also featuring amongst the winners.
I2O Water has developed Advanced Pressure Management solutions for optimising the performance of water distribution networks. The system combines robust loggers and controllers in the field, and software-based services that continuously track and optimise water network performance. The benefits for clients are that they reduce leakage and burst frequency, reduce operating costs, improve customer service, provide energy savings and extend infrastructure lifetimes for clients. I2O’s clients include South East Water, Veolia Water, Severn Trent, Yorkshire Water and Anglian Water.
The Cleantech Connect Judges Award recognizes i2O’s rapid growth, in the UK and abroad. The company has installed over 900 Advanced Pressure Management systems in 21 countries. The award was received on behalf of I2O by Adam Kingdon, co-founder and CEO of i2O Water, who commented that:
“This overall award highlights the importance of new technology for optimising water distribution networks. i2O customers around the world are saving massive amounts of water through reduced leakage and burst rates, while at the same time improving their customer service and bringing down operating costs”
Bluewater Bio, recognized as the ‘One to Watch’ was originally founded to develop its patented ‘HYBrid ACtivated Sludge’ process (HYBACS®), but has subsequently added to its portfolio with the acquisitions of Water Innovate, a technology spin-out from Cranfield University, and the FilterClear Ltd portfolio of advanced multimedia filtration technologies. As Daniel Ishag, Founder & CEO of Bluewater Bio International commented:
“What makes this achievement even more impressive is that water, and especially wastewater, have until recently been seen as the poor relations of the cleantech family.”
Completing the trio of Cleantech Connect water related winners was Newlisi, the Italian company which has developed a process for the disaggregation of sludge coming from wastewater after primary and / or secondary biological treatment. Newlisi’s technology consists of six stages and is a wet process. It results in only H2O and CO2, hence zero sludge at low cost.
Winners in the other categories included RTR Rete Rinnovabile (Italy’s largest producer of solar energy) andValoya (which manufactures LED growth lights for professional horticultural purposes).
The awards were presented at a ceremony in London on 15 November hosted by Sky News Presenter Charlotte Hawkins. Keynote speaker at the event was Katherine Grainger, the Olympic Gold Medal winning rower. The 2012 GP Bullhound Cleantech Connect Awards celebrated the entrepreneur / CEO and four CEOs were selected for special awards. They were:
No water companies amongst the entrepreneurs or CEOs honoured this year - but clearly the water sector is rising to prominence within the cleantech space. Attendees at the awards ceremony honoured all of the cleantech companies at the event over an excellent dinner - washed down with wine as well as water.