LG Chem buys NanoH20: Entrepreneurs bring a new breed of management to water

Korean chemicals giant LG Chem’s announcement that it is purchasing NanoH20 adds a new chapter to that company’s rise from a UCLA lab to high profile leadership in a new generation of water tech companies.  Agile, innovative entrepreneurial management has been decisive in driving NanoH20 forward.  Specifics of the acquisition have not been disclosed and the […]

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What water can learn from the transformation of waste disposal?

Cleantech continues to be a catalyst for water technologies.  While water didn’t make the agenda at the latest Cleantech Forum last week,  the panels on “Financing the Distributed Economy” and “A Consumer-Centric Approach to Waste” hit many of the key challenges that water is facing.  How are leading CEOs of solar companies and wind companies scaling […]

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Patent Trolling– The Other Half of the Chinese Patent War

The perils of launching in the Chinese market have stymied even the most powerful technology companies as well as some of the most well-funded Cleantech companies, such as Venrock’s American Superconductor.  However, patent theft from Western companies operating in China is only half of the story.  Growth of Chinese patents is dwarfing that of the […]

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Tackling the Chinese Market for Water Technology

China is a central issue for water tech growth companies. It is set to be the epicenter of water innovation. For decades, China has been using up its water at an unsustainable rate. 28,000 of its rivers have disappeared since the 1990s. Only half the water sources in cities are safe to drink. More than […]

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Four Events that Changed Water in 2013

While great water tech start-up IPO stories didn’t pepper the news sites this year, four watershed events from 2013 will be shaping 2014: Texas leads the way for toilet to tap The West Texas hamlet of Big Spring became the first city to bring indirect potable reuse into operation earlier this year.  Direct Potable Reuse […]

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Agents of Transformation: The water engineering leaders of the future

Disruptive technologies don’t conquer their markets until they redefine their marketplace.  When that happens, mastery of that new paradigm redefines industry leadership in a matter of years. For example, in the early 1900s when steam power became capable of powering a ship across the ocean, every single transoceanic sailing ship company went out of business. […]

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The Innovation Imperative–Transforming operations to match new technology

Innovation guru Clay Christensen lays out a compelling argument for innovative operations when disruptive technology gains wide scale adoption. In a recent New York Times article, he presents steam powered engines and online education as models for industry disruption. If the best of advanced water tech is going to recast water management, how will things […]

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Disruptive innovation drives a new age in energy, and an opportunity for water tech

Disruptive innovation returns Texas to its oil and gas leadership. In its latest report “Game Changers: Opportunities for US growth and renewal,” strategy consulting firm McKinsey identifies hydraulic fractacturing as one of the five catalysts for economic growth by 2020. Driven by technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This process has unlocked large deposits […]

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WEFTEC News: LIFT—A US leader’s forum for innovative technology

One of the most exciting things that I saw at WEFTEC this week was the new LIFT program (Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology.) WERF and WEF have worked together to build a collaborative platform that will identify, pilot and implement new water management technologies and approaches. US testing and demonstration is essential for many water tech solutions, and […]

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Profiles in Utility Leadership: Who will drive the next wave of start-up success?

  Our research of the Artemis Top 50 shows that the biggest utilities leading the industry in research and pilots have not been the best customers for water tech solutions. For start-ups strapped for cash and driven to building a wide scale customer base, the biggest utilities can be quicksand in the march through the […]

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