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In the spirit of Valentine's Day - and ahead of Cleantech Investor's Water Tech Blind Date event on 25 March 2014, here's an opportunity to view last year's competition to win investor and utility dates, which took place on Valentine's Day 2013, when Piers Clarke of Isle Utilities took on the role of Cilla Black:
First published on the Cleantech Investor website, February 2013.
Ian Bernard, Technical Manager at British Water, shares his views on water management and technical innovation in the UK water industry with Cleantech magazine. Ian Bernard will speak at Water Tech Invest on 14 February 2013.
Good water management, in the view of Ian Bernard, requires a holistic approach to water management and an increase in innovation if the industry is to be sustainable. The industry must incorporate the water cycle in its entirety in water management and take more risk with innovation, an approach which, in the past 20 years, Bernard believes has not been adopted in the UK. However, times are changing as water utilities are working more on ‘upstream’ projects and surface water drainage schemes, while the water utilities and the supply chain companies are communicating much more ‘face to face’ on emerging technologies. In Bernard's view, the government bodies Ofwat, Defra and the Technology Strategy Board should take note.
First published in Cleantech magazine, Volume 6 Issue 6. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd
By Anne McIvor
Desalination is experiencing rapid growth, with a 57% increase in installed capacity over five years according to International Desalination Association (IDA) and Global Water Intelligence (GWI) figures. This growth, to 78.4 million m3/d compared to 47.6 million m3/d at the end of 2008, is being driven in large part by technology improvements. According to a major report published by investment bank GP Bullhound in 2012, the desalination industry delivers 66 million cubic metres of water daily, and this volume is expected to double over the next four years. The report’s author, Andre Shortell, argues that:
“Desalination has become a global industry that is now mainstream and self-sustaining, spawning new opportunities.”
With the water needs of the word doubling and populations tending to move to locations where there is no fresh water, Shortell argues that there is little alternative to desalination. He points out, however, that “desalination is not a sole solution - it's part of a mix: and the mix depends upon where you are in the world".
Desalination patent applications and general water patent applications worldwide
Source: Marks & Clerk
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