MIT Briefing – May 2017
Welcome to the May Market Intelligence and Technology Briefing delivered by the Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service (HNWIS). These briefings are published every six months and are here to provide you with information and intelligence on where innovation is needed in the water and wastewater sectors. Previous briefing documents can be found on the HNWIS website https://www. hnwis.scot/publications/.
HNWIS provides you with expertise, access to specialist support and facilities to accelerate you through the innovation journey and get your products to market quickly: a market estimated to be worth £1.8 billion. In this issue we focus on wastewater treatment, an area in which HNWIS is supporting a range of Scottish companies with innovative treatment, monitoring and control technologies.
The UK has over 9,000 sewage treatment works ranging from small unmanned sites located in remote rural locations through to large works, with high level of process control and optimisation. Irrespective of size discharge permits are becoming tighter and increasing the focus on delivering sustainable, reliable solutions to wastewater treatment. This is highlighted by the recent record £20 million fine for Thames Water in March 2017 for polluting the River Thames. Also in this issue we take a more detailed look at the two Development Centres set up and run by Scottish Water Horizons. These are in active use with supply chain companies using these facilities to test their technologies.
The Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service, established by the Scottish Government through Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, identifies innovative Scottish companies, particularly SMEs, and supports them along the innovation path from concept to commercialisation. AECOM with support from WRc and UK Water Ltd will deliver the three-year programme.