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Enterprise Ireland hosts water innovation seminar in collaboration with Arup and WRc

Event to bring the UK water industry closer to Irish innovation

Enterprise Ireland and Wet Networks (an Arup and WRc initiative) host an innovation seminar in Dublin on February 27th to cast an eye over the key challenges facing the UK water and wastewater sector as it approaches new investment cycles in England and Wales, (2020-2025) and in Northern Ireland and Scotland (2021-2027).

As part of the preparations for the new Asset Management Plan (AMP), 7, water utilities in England and Wales have recently submitted their business plans to Ofwat (UK water regulator) outlining their main areas of focus for this investment cycle. With utilities planning a total expenditure of £50 billion from 2020 to 2025, Ofwat has emphasised customer service, affordable bills, consistent water supply and innovation as priorities in AMP7. With numerous innovative companies within the Enterprise Ireland cluster, this seminar is an excellent opportunity to discuss the many ways in which the Irish supply chain can work alongside UK utilities and their top-tier contractors to help them to solve their innovation challenges.

Attendees will hear directly from UK water utilities on their innovation priorities as well as from Enterprise Ireland client companies at the forefront of innovation in the water sector. Irish companies presenting include Glan Aqua, OxyMem, NVP Energy, SwiftComply, TelLab, Klir, Vision Consulting, GeoPal and Energy Elephant. Enterprise Ireland’s Water and Wastewater Cluster was established in 2015 and comprises more than 80 members from Irish supply chain companies, third level institutions, research centres and state bodies.

On February 26th, UK delegates will have the opportunity to participate in site visits to the OxyMem production facility in Athlone and to a full-scale commercial installation of the NVP Energy anaerobic digestion wastewater technology in Galway. An informal networking reception will also take place on the evening of February 26th at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, convening members of Enterprise Ireland’s water and wastewater cluster and members of the UK water industry.

Challenges facing the UK water sector:

  • Asset health: Leakage and supply
  • Interruptions
  • Sewer collapses/blockages and sewage escapes
  • Customer experience
  • Resilience (operational, personnel, financial)
  • Pollution and discharge limits
  • National Environmental Programme

Key enablers and solutions to be discussed at the innovation seminar:

  • Analytics (data collection, data management)
  • Automation (sensors, IoT and analytics)
  • Circular economy measures
  • Innovative technologies
  • Customer engagement

The seminar and site visits have been designed to ensure the challenges of the water industry are being discussed and prepared for. The aim of the seminar event is not only to deliberate on possible outcomes, but to align industry thinking and ensure that all stakeholders are collectively working towards the same goal.

Enhancing the Irish supply chain to assist the UK in being prepared for the forthcoming challenges is at the core of the site visits and seminar. Collaborative preparation will be the most effective means of activating the enablers and solutions to these new challenges.

For more information, please contact Darragh Cotter, Cleantech Market Advisor with Enterprise Ireland in London at darragh.cotter@enterprise-ireland.com

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