Fostering Water Innovation in Scotland


MIT Briefing – November 2015

Welcome to the first Market Intelligence and Technology Briefing delivered by the new Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service (HNWiS). These briefings will be published on a regular basis and are here to provide you with information and intelligence on where innovation is needed in the water and waste water sectors. 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 highlight the needs of sustainable rural communities, opportunities in Horizon 2020 and the Development Centres created by Scottish Water to test and demonstrate water and wastewater technologies.

“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” (From Scotland the Hydro Nation – Second Annual Report).

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.

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