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Water: Week in Review

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Abu Dhabi showed heavy involvement in water this week, with the announced completion of 22 solar desalination projects and the hosting of a delegation of water and wastewater industry experts from the UK.  These events come on the heels of the World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi, where the emirate explained its plan to take a “comprehensive and holistic approach” to water security over the next 1-2 years.  Details on these events and more can be found below.

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Water: Week in Review

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After all the activity this week, we can expect to see new desalination plants pop up in exciting places all over the world, including Qatar, Singapore, South Australia, Djibouti, and Saudi Arabia.  To find out what else is going on in water around the world, continue reading below:

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Water: Week in Review

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Water utilities have had a big week, with high M&A activity and projects around the world.  In addition, companies like FlowWorks continue to release new products to help utilities do their job more effectively and efficiently.  Read about utilities and other players in this week’s water news below:

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Water: Week in Review

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General Electric has had quite a busy week with a new contract with Grizzly Oil Sands and the release of two new products (a new LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment system and a Smallworld Water Office software solution from GE Energy).  To see what other companies have been up to (and for details on GE’s activities), read the articles below:

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My feeling that multinational corporations “get” cleantech innovation

Stephen Marcus

For several years now, Cleantech Group has been beating the drum on the importance of corporations in cleantech innovation. And having just returned from our Cleantech Forum in Amsterdam which was themed “Cleantech Goes Corporate”, one could not help but feel that the drum beat is not only loud, but getting louder!

To echo (and horribly paraphrase – sorry) the words of Nancy Floyd, the Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power from the event: 15 years ago a few corporations were looking to invest in new energy funds just out of curiosity about the dealflow; now they see these technologies as crucial elements of their future growth strategies.

One only needs to look at a graphical sample of active corporations in cleantech to see how true Nancy’s words are:

Sample of corporate active in cleantech

The importance of cleantech innovation to multinationals could really be felt throughout our Amsterdam conference rooms. Delegates from over 30 multinational corporations including GM, Philips, Unilever, Total, Siemens, British Gas, EDF, Cisco, Bosch, BASF, Rhodia, Autodesk and Veolia (to name but a few) all came to network, brainstorm, understand, speak and exhibit. Corporate delegates with titles such as “Head of Emerging Technologies”, “Head …

Corporations seek a water strategy

Mia Javier

No doubt, the opportunity in water is gaining visibility. With governments pursuing policy to incentivize water innovation and giants like IBM, SAP and Oracle circling the sector, water is fast becoming the industry of choice for corporations not traditionally in water and those specifically in information technology  – they want a piece of the pie.

The IT opportunity is logically drawn from the investments and innovation poured into the Smart Grid. By some estimates the market opportunity is $20 billion but not only are corporations mindful of market outlooks they are developing a business strategy in Smart Water. In this way, global market sizing and the macroeconomics of water supply and demand are informative but not actionable insights.

So, what questions must be answered in order to develop a strategy in water?

First, what are the unique aspects of a particular customer segment in water? Public-sector buyers are notoriously conservative with a complex business process. Just this week, the Portuguese Construction Firm, ITT Corporation, secured three wastewater treatment plant contracts in the Montemor-o-Velho municipality of Portugal in a complicated business transaction where ITT Corporation partnered with both a construction company as well as a design firm to win the …

2010 Global Cleantech 100: in search of elusive exits and the brightest newborns

Richard Youngman

A year is a long time in politics, the old adage goes. The same might be said of cleantech too.

It is over a half year, since in our “ten predictions for 2010”, we anticipated a rise in investor exits in 2010. Our assertion in November 2009 was that growth and venture capital investment activity would be buoyed by attractive valuations and the return of the exit. We wrote, “exits in the form of IPOs (A123Systems went public in September, and there are over two dozen IPOs now in the queue) and a growing number of trade sales to corporate buyers will encourage investors in private companies to believe they can generate returns.”

It is nearly a year since, in partnership with the Guardian, we published the first Global Cleantech 100, a list of the 100 private cleantech companies most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next 5 to10 years – according to the world’s cleantech community.

If ever there was a list of cleantech companies where one would have expected exit action over the last months, it would have been this. However, the relative small amount of exit turnover on the list is well-aligned …