Bluewater Bio Signs Technology Alliance Agreement with Thames Water

Posted: Monday 1st October 2012

Ground-breaking partnership contrasts with £24bn UK innovation gap.

Bluewater Bio International, the provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a technology alliance with Thames Water, the UK’s largest water and sewerage company

Under the alliance, Thames Water (‘Thames’) and Bluewater Bio will actively share information and opinions on new and emerging technologies, collaborating on innovations within Thames Water’s growing suite of products and services.

Where required, the agreement also allows Bluewater Bio access to Thames Water’s R&D facilities to enable technology trials and demonstration projects. Furthermore, Thames will work with Bluewater to identify key commercial customers to whom the Company’s portfolio of services may be attractive.

Daniel Ishag, Founder & CEO of Bluewater Bio comments: “It is especially timely to be signing this ground-breaking partnership with Thames while British innovation is under such scrutiny. Bluewater Bio is proud to be bucking the trend outlined just last month by Nesta, who have reported a £24 billion shortfall in UK innovation.”

“As a British based company identifying, nurturing and exporting technologies worldwide, we witness a more positive story beyond Britain. Indeed, the overseas consultants, contractors and operators with whom we work still recognise the UK water and wastewater sector, including companies such as Bluewater Bio, as a hotbed of expertise and entrepreneurialism.”

Rupert Kruger, Head of Innovation at Thames Water, adds: “We’re looking forward to working alongside Bluewater Bio to find bigger and better ways to ensure we use water more wisely in our day-to-day processes. We will squeeze every drop of creativity from this alliance so we can in turn value every drop of our increasingly precious essential resource.”

Bluewater Bio exports its know-how and technologies to projects as far afield as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa and the USA. It sources the majority of its components from engineering firms and manufacturers based across the UK: in Birmingham; Glasgow; Liverpool; Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Shropshire. The Company itself has UK offices in London, Glasgow and at Cranfield University – from whom it recently acquired Water Innovate, an R&D team led by world renowned sector expert, Prof. Tom Stephenson.

Daniel concludes: “This alliance with one of the world’s most respected utility companies formalises a strong technological relationship forged over the last four years around shared objectives and values. These are focused on increased water and wastewater re-use, accompanied by reductions in energy and chemical consumption, physical footprint, carbon emissions and operational costs. We look forward to cementing our collaboration, helping Thames deliver sustainable innovations to their 14 million customers and upholding the UK’s strong water sector credentials.”

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