Fostering Water Innovation in Scotland


MIT Briefing – May 2018

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 in the Publications section. 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 review the achievements of HNWIS over the last three years in assisting innovative businesses in Scotland to create, grow and commercialise innovative products and sustainable solutions for the global water and wastewater sector. In addition, examples of some company achievements are provided.

We also focus on sensors and Instrumentation and how they transform industries across the world. We provide examples where sensors could benefit the water sector and discuss the challenges which currently limit uptake of sensor technologies. We look at services offered by Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) and their contribution to the companies in Scotland. This issue also contains topical news and looks at the upcoming water industry events.

The second annual Scotland the Hydro Nation report stated “water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in the manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The estimated market size of the sector is £1.8 billion, including Scottish Water. The Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service is a significant element in the delivery of our strategic approach.”

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.

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