The water scarcity crisis is driving the need for alternative water sources, which is creating enormous technology opportunities in areas such as wastewater treatment and reuse, desalination and resource recovery. There are also exciting opportunities opening up in groundwater remediation and network optimisation, with companies looking to maximise efficiencies and lower the costs of compliance.
BlueTech’s custom-built online Intelligence Platform holds a vast bank of data and specialist insight into water technologies and their markets. We track the competitive landscape of both current and emerging technologies, analysing market shares and growth rates, enabling you to monitor the competition. We show the full range of competitive vendor technologies available and use our bespoke data-modelling tool to compare their offerings. This creates hugely valuable intelligence, if you are looking to manufacture a new technology or want to identify opportunities to improve your go-to-market strategies
We know that timing is key to being successful in technology markets. Using our expert insight into the markets, BlueTech can help clients anticipate when the optimal time is for launching a new technology. We will also ensure you are kept fully informed about new technologies, industry activity, news and global market trends, through our monthly Intelligence Briefings.
BlueTech has a quite unique value proposition, providing a global view on facts, trends and innovation in the water industry, as well as tools, reports and custom research options to clients, thanks to a very experienced and qualified team. And the Forum is a great event!
BlueTech has enabled us to be proactive rather than reactive for finding innovative technologies and identify market trends. In addition, their customer service is excellent, allowing us to learn more through discussions than we would by reading a report.
BlueTech provides ‘straight to the point’ solutions for technology and innovation watch. The Monthly Intelligence Briefings, on-line Intelligence Platform and regular exchanges with the BlueTech analysts are convenient ways to get quickly relevant market and technology insights.
One of the aspects of the BlueTech service that we have been particularly impressed with is the quality of insights into technology companies, the responsiveness of the analyst team and turnaround time to requests.
Water is not just one market, it is made up of many different sectors. We have created a library of insight reports which focus directly on niche areas of the water technology market. These specialist reports are pithy, easily digestible and designed to provide actionable information into these markets.
BlueTech facilitated a process to define a joint pipeline strategy to meet aggressive financial growth targets in 3-5 years. Ten priority opportunities were prioritized, which met the criteria for a balanced pipeline. The Client required the opportunities to be commercially robust and described in sufficient detail to accelerate short-term and medium-term growth.
Acquisition candidates were identified, validated and incorporated into a plan for execution.
Novozymes is a leading global player in the biotechnology industry with enzyme manufacturing activities. Novozymes had also smaller water technology business focused on the use of enzymes and particular bacterial strains to enhance performance.
Novozymes wished to carry out a very detailed map of how biotechnology could present growth technologies in the water sector. BlueTech carried out a detailed review mapping biotech opportunities including use of enzymes, bacteria, microbial encapsulation technologies, and bio-augmentation in areas including wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment, and groundwater treatment.
We carried out a review on current state of the art in the areas of biotechnology, including biomimetic membranes, removal of merging containments, using targeted bacterial strains and enhancements and efficiency improvements in waste water treatment plant operations. We then analysed a number of potential acquisitions targets to determine whether Novozymes enzymes should grow organically or inorganically to exploit biotech opportunities in water. On the basis, of this analysis a strategic decision was taken to focus on internal organic R&D to develop new products and solutions to expand Novozymes’ business in water.
Technology Asset Mapping for Water Reuse in Consumer Goods Manufacturing
The client was looking to advance internal sustainability goals through reduced water use by reusing site wastewater as process make-up water. This required a review of suitable treatment technology that could treat wastewater to process water specifications, while being innovative enough to potentially skip steps in the internal sustainability roadmap by means of higher water recovery, reduced cost, or reduced waste. This was complicated by the fact that wastewater generated at site contained highly recalcitrant organics that standard treatments had failed to address in the past. Overall, the client was looking to review a combination of earlier stage, innovative technologies (where they could be an early adopter), as well as more well-established technologies that had been proven in other industries or market applications. A surrogate site was selected for the analysis, with the idea that the client would be able to replicate the results of the study at multiple sites across their global asset base.
To achieve our client’s needs, BlueTech sourced suitable technologies from our online Innovation Tracker of differentiated technologies and contacted our network of Subject Matter Experts to obtain their opinion on suitable technologies. An overview of all technologies considered was provided to the client. Vendors were contacted and provided water quality data and treatment specifications so cost estimates and expected water quality after treatment with their process could be provided. This was done for several possible treatment train combinations for the segregated waste streams at the site (to realize synergies in treatment efficiency and decreasing treatment cost). After vendor data was returned, BlueTech modelled several treatment trains for different waste stream combinations, providing expected final water quality, and estimated costs.
BlueTech made final recommendations on prioritized solutions and the specific vendors that stood out in the analysis. The client began bench-scale testing with several of the technology vendors presented to select which process to advance to pilot-scale testing, prior to finalizing a selection for full-scale deployment.
BlueTech understands the importance of working in partnership to achieve successful innovation in the water industry, so we offer our clients direct access to our senior analysts. We also nurture relationships within our community of end-users, vendors, technology providers and investors where we see synergies. Our annual Forum and networking events are carefully curated to generate these mutually beneficial opportunities.
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