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When we discuss the water crisis in America, we often focus on a certain section of the Water Cycle: residential water. Yet, that’s only a fraction of the challenge and probably not the one where water is valued the most. Indeed, could you imagine industrial production without water? That’s why it’s a risk, and the … Read more
There are a lot of parameters to consider when planning infrastructure for today and the decades to come. It is a compound of existing assets, communities, social issues, vulnerabilities but also water and climate data. This is why democratizing access to all those datasets is so crucial to solving the water crisis in America! And … Read more
15% of America’s water is already in private hands. For some, that’s a concern! For others (including me) that’s a proof of concept to ask for more. How could private capital help solve America’s water crisis? That’s what we’ll explore: with 🎙️ Henry Cordes, Principal at Sciens Water 💧 Sciens is a research-driven investment fund … Read more
How does an investor decide to fund a water technology or a water company? Are they sitting in a Shark Tank environment and following their instinct to make a decision in minutes? That’s very unlikely, right? Yet, you won’t know before you actually ask about the research and due diligence process. That’s what we explore … Read more
There’s a treasure in the sewer, and we barely notice: wastewater and its pee and poo are an incredible source of water, energy, and a bunch of additional resources. Better: it could solve the World’s water needs and help balance the Zero Carbon energy equation. How? Let’s explore: with 🎙️ Antoine Walter – Podcaster in … Read more
At the exact point in time where governments are heavily investing in renewing their central water infrastructure, distributed water treatments still grow at a 3x faster pace! Does this mean we will soon all have a Water Filter ordered from Amazon and screwed under our sinks? Let’s explore: with 🎙️ Upmanu Lall – Director of … Read more
If Climate Change was a shark, water would be its teeth – once we’ve said that, what happens? Not much. Still, 70% of Climate Change’s consequences will be felt through water. Isn’t it time to better prepare for Climate Change Adaptation? Let’s explore: with 🎙️ Lauren Enright – Founder of Axiom Climate LLC with 🎙️ … Read more
With 50’000 water and 35’000 wastewater utilities, the US Water Sector is highly scattered. This has consequences: 63 million Americans are potentially exposed to unsafe drinking water! This is where consolidation and especially the one happening on the smaller system’s level, sparks hope. I got to meet with US’s largest consolidator – in less than … Read more
Philanthropic Capital could be the third source of investment the Water Sector desperately needed to find a balance. How will the blend of philanthropy into private funding and federal grants change the name of the game? Let’s explore: with 🎙️ Sean Davis, founder and managing director of Merton Capital Partners, adjunct professor at the Palm … Read more
The Water Challenge is three-dimensional. We face broken pipes, broken policies, and broken economics! Yet, if we get to the bottom of it, the economic one seems to be the root cause of all the other problems. What if Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs actually explained it? That’s what we’ll uncover: with 🎙️ Tom Rooney … Read more
De Nora Water Technologies entered the water business in 2015 – with a bang. Under the lead of Mirka Wilderer (since 2019), the company further grew up to a successful IPO in July 2022. What’s to learn from it? What’s on De Nora’s and Mirka’s plate for the next months and years? Let’s explore: with … Read more
with 🎙️ Henrik Hagemann is the CEO and Co-Founder of Puraffinity. 💧 Puraffinity is a GreenTech Company that designs smart materials for environmental applications. Their cutting-edge material design and creative engineering approach may provide a new horizon to solve the daunting PFAS / Forever chemicals challenge we face.
Patrick Decker became Xylem’s CEO in 2014. At the time, the company was a renowned product supplier in the Water Industry. Yet under its lead, Xylem further expanded to become a solution provider fostering and nurturing its surrounding ecosystem. Patrick was kind enough to spend some time with me to review some of the hot … Read more
New York City did a bold move in the 1990s by betting on Nature-Based Solutions to protect its drinking water quality. Yet new challenges arise: how can nature help the Big Apple on its path to Climate Change adaptation? Let’s explore: with 🎙️ Paul Gallay – Lecturer & Co-Director at the Columbia Climate School 💧 … Read more
Climate Change recalls us every day how important it is for the World to accelerate on its path to decarbonization. Today, the Water Industry is everything but carbon neutral: yet this could change today and at scale if we do it right! How? With a carbon-negative fuel. You already know that fuel: we’re talking about … Read more
When it comes to Sustainable Development Goals, we often limit Water to SDG 6. Yet, water plays a key role in many more of them! Let’s explore it: with 🎙️ Kevin Sofen – Director of Innovation at W. S. Darley & Co., Host of the Smart Firefighting podcast, and Co-Host of the SDG Talks Podcast. … Read more
2.2 million Americans don’t have access to water and wastewater services in their homes. 44 million more recently experienced water quality issues. Isn’t it time to effectively close the water gap? The first step to closing is probably acknowledging: an information mission that’s been taken on by DigDeep. Today, we’ll explore how they act to … Read more
We’ve been regularly touching on how we’re facing an aging water infrastructure: and so is the water workforce as well! In light of the “silver wave,” we currently experience, how can we transform the water industry to attract new, diverse and dynamic talents? This age and knowledge pyramid problem is of particular concern when you’re … Read more
The job of a Water Professional can be lonely: in many utilities, water treaters are on their own – or not far from it. But to keep you growing as a person, a certain friend has your back, your favorite water podcast. Don’t worry; this one is not about bragging (as much as I praise … Read more
Our World is facing new water challenges that will be hard to solve with old solutions only. This means that helping new entrants and mid-market green tech companies to thrive is also the best segway to putting their impact on steroids! But navigating the jungle of finance, investment, regulations, institutions, and existing business canvas can … Read more
With only 9 million households that hold an insurance policy against flood risks, the most common and costly natural catastrophe is still widely undercovered in the US. Will the new federal efforts finally open the long-awaited age of pre-disaster mitigation? with 🎙️ Nick Shufro – Deputy Assistant Administrator, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration, Resilience, FEMA … Read more
What’s about 28 times more concerning than carbon emissions? Methane releases into the atmosphere. It’s the same amount of carbon but with a much higher immediate global warming impact. Hence the concern when a recent study shows how we underestimate the emissions of biomethane production by a factor of two! What’s wrong with the biomethane … Read more
Rainwater Harvesting just got an all-new flavor, and it’s sparkling! Indeed, next to the conventional approaches where that water would be used for irrigation, Richard’s Rainwater kinda created a new market segment: bottled rainwater. How can you fight Big Water by actually putting water in cans and bottles? How’s that approach greener and more sustainable? … Read more
Seth Siegel is a voice that counts in the Water World – having published some of the most influential water books of the past decade and spoken on every scene you can think of. Yet, in every keynote he delivers, he never fails to captivate the audience to convey his message home. There’s something wrong … Read more
Could you imagine producing perfect drinking water out of thin air and fully off-grid? Let’s face it: Source’s take on atmospheric water generation is pretty disruptive. Could it be a blessing for people and places for whom traditional central approaches have failed? We’ll explore today how even in the US, no less than 44 million … Read more
Piloting a new water technology has always been a cumbersome process. But this may well soon be history with Isle Utilities’ invention: the Trial Reservoir. What would it enable if water entrepreneurs could deploy their best ideas in weeks instead of decades? That’s what we’ll explore today (and how that’s even possible)… with 🎙️ Piers … Read more
Microbial Fuel Cells represent a tremendous opportunity to tap into the hidden energy of wastewater. But beyond that, they could also turn the way we operate our plants on its head! What if your microorganisms told you live and 24/7 how they feel and what your effluent looks like? with 🎙️ Carol Maxwell – CEO … Read more
Water may well represent less than 1% of the World’s GDP, but it heavily affects the other 99%, turning it into a major economic risk. Why and How? Let’s review! with 🎙️ Nicola Lei Ravello – Author and Founder of White Stag Investing 💧 White Stag Investing is a research platform for responsible investments, focusing … Read more
Water Innovation Accelerators became more common in recent years. Yet the world reference remains unchanged: Imagine H2O. Why and How? Let’s review! with 🎙️ Scott Bryan – President of Imagine H2O 💧 Imagine H2O is the world leading Water Innovation Accelerator with $800+M raised in early-stage funding and 1.1 billion people (and counting) served.
Turning the narrative from “Water is Life” to “Water is a Risk” makes its associated challenges more straightforward. This is an opportunity for investment funds to have an impact. Why and How? Let’s review! with 🎙️ John Robinson – Partner & Co-Founder at Mazarine Ventures 💧 Mazarine is an impact investor backing young technology companies … Read more
With the inception of its Innovation Labs, Xylem intends to provide a common framework for the water innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems to work with the US Giant. Why and How? Let’s review! with 🎙️ Sivan Zamir – VP Xylem Innovation Labs 💧 Xylem is one of the largest water and wastewater technology company globally and … Read more
Thermal Hydrolysis Processes are rolled out worldwide for as long as there are COP conferences. Cambi Group, the World leader with an estimated 80% market share, estimates that it represents 1 million tons of CO2 equivalent saving compared to the best available alternative. What’s inside these appealing thermal hydrolysis processes? Let’s review! with 🎙️ Eirik … Read more
BlueTech Forum 2022’s Theme was straightforward: Radical Collaboration for Regeneration. I got to chat with 6 industry leaders about their take at the matter! with: 🎙️ Menno Holterman (President & CEO @ Nijhuis Saur Industries) 🎙️ Snehal Desai (EVP & Chief Growth and Sustainability Officer @ Evoqua Water Technologies) 🎙️ Ralph Exton (Chief Marketing & … Read more
Membrane Bioreactors systems weigh $4Bn a year today (and growing). Yet, in the early eighties, no one really believed membranes would ever make a dent in clean water applications. So before envisioning a wastewater application, there was a long way to go… and a valley of death to cross for Zenon! with 🎙️ Andrew Benedek, … Read more
Lithium Mining is expected to deliver the lithium-ion battery industry 500’000 metric tons a year. Sure, conventional lithium supply will grow by 300% over the next decade but that will still not be sufficient! Hence, it might be an opportunity to get creative and to look for lithium in… water. How? Let’s review. with 🎙️ … Read more
We tend to put water management in silos. Drinking Water, Wastewater, Water networks, Sewers, Flood prevention… All of those have one thing in common: water. This is why you shall start leveraging the One Water framework today! It will swiftly turn into a key asset in our race to net zero water. Let’s review how, … Read more
When it comes to the race to net zero water, Water UK leads the charge. Not only did it set ambitious goals, but also in a quite timely manner: the routemap leads to 2030! The cherry on that cake? It’s not only about “net zero.” They’re before and above all aiming for a GOOD one. … Read more
The Asian Development Bank has put together a Screening Tool for the Energy Evaluation of Projects. As a result, it can guarantee that the water and wastewater projects it backs are fully aligned in the race to net zero water! with 🎙️ Stephane Bessadi – Senior Procurement Specialist for the Asian Development Bank 💧 The … Read more
50% of wastewater’s energy-related carbon emissions can be eliminated with existing technologies. What’s even better in the race to net zero water is that 95% of this impact is achievable at zero to negative cost! with 🎙️ Austin Alexander – Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem 💧 Xylem is a leading water technology … Read more
What levers can you play on to promote greater water reuse? Well, you can act on the money side of the equation, for instance, by incentivizing the deployment of new technologies through grants and loans. But also by making the wrong behavior more expensive. Wanna find out more? Let’s review it… with 🎙️Jon Freedman – … Read more
Have you ever attended a business meeting that seemed to drain your soul out of your body? Or happily slept in a water conference, to digest the jet lag and be in a good shape for the real conference content, aka the late drinks at the with 🎙️ Annyse Balkwill – Founder of the LuminUS … Read more
with 🎙️ Victoria Edwards – CEO & Co-Founder of FIDO Tech 💧 FIDO AI is a data-as-a-service (DaaS) end-to-end leak detection solution that identifies leaks, sizes them, and tells you where to dig to repair them
with 🎙️ Katrina Donaghy – CEO & Co-Founder of Civic Ledger 💧 Civic Ledger is an award-winning blockchain company that builds trust layer solutions for the markets of tomorrow
with 🎙️ Christopher Gasson – Owner of Global Water Intelligence and authority on water finance and markets 💧 Global Water Intelligence is the leading publisher and events organizer serving the international water industry.
with 🎙️ Reinhard Hübner, CEO of SKion Water, 2021’s Water Company of the Year 💧 SKion Water is an international water technology platform, that aims to empower water technology companies to make a difference.
with 🎙️ Antoine Walter, Podcaster in Chief at GF Piping Systems – happy to share the Water Industry Insights he collected for you over the past 6 months! 💧 19 guests shared 1’114 minutes of Wisdom in this Season 4. I dived a bit deeper into 17 of these learnings to add my pinch of … Read more
with 🎙️ Geoff Ward, CEO of Hazer Group Limited (nb: Hazer stands for “Hydrogen And Zero Emission Research) 💧 Hazer Group Limited is a pioneering company undertaking the commercialization of a low-emission hydrogen and graphite production process.
with 🎙️ Alena Fargere, Principal at SWEN Capital Partners and co-founder of the first European investment fund dedicated to renewable gases. 💧 SWEN Capital Partners, a benchmark player in sustainable investments in private equity, just announced the first closing of its second SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT 2). It will be a direct contribution … Read more
with 🎙️ Paul Martin, Chemical process development expert & founder of Spitfire Research. 💧 Spitfire research is a Process development consulting company for a decarbonized future, where Paul acts as an antidote to marketing hopium and a tireless advocate for a fossil-fuel-free future.
with 🎙️ Jonathan Rhone, President, and CEO of Axine Water Technologies 💧 Axine Water Technologies specializes in the on-site treatment of the toughest organics in industrial wastewater.