Tuesday, May 29th 2012
Register for the event and view the Exhibitor Stands and speak with Exhibitors.
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us for a welcome reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
A moment to assemble with fellow attendees the evening before the conference, in order to make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.
Wednesday, May 30th 2012
7:00am - 8:30am
An opportunity to connect with peers and industry experts before the conference begins.
8:30am - 9:00am
Premiere Sponsor: Michael Ahearn, Managing Director, True North Venture Partners
The BlueTech Showcase is devoted to giving innovative water technology companies a platform from which they can ‘pitch’ their technology and business plan. Some of these companies are presenting to raise funds. Many are presenting to create awareness among potential strategic partners, identify additional channels to market, and raise their company profile in the marketplace. The Blue Technology Showcases will feature selected companies that will present for 8 minutes on their innovative water technologies and highlight their value proposition.
9:00am - 9:45am
The interrelationship between energy and water is well established. There is 36.5 million MW hours of energy in the municipal wastewater going through US wastewater treatment plants each year. MaxWest will present on how their gasification technology can help to unlock this energy and deal with biosolids disposal issues. Hydrovolts will outline how we can tap into the hydro energy present in irrigation canals and produced distributed, consistent base load power. Arbsource will present their patent-pending Arbcell bioreactors that cut treatment costs up to 50% while at least matching the speed and effluent quality of competitors. Hydrasyst will introduce their revolutionary waste water recycling system which boasts the lowest operating costs, highest energy efficiency and smallest footprint available on the market, The Grey Box
Moderator: Dr. Tim Evans, Proprietor at Tim Evans Environment and member of O2 TAG
9:45am - 10:20am
The mantra that desalination is too energy intensive to be widely adopted has been trotted out so often that it has become self-perpetuating. The reality is different. The rate of innovation is increasing, as evidenced by the number of desalination patents in 2010 were double the amount filed in 2005. The increasing size of the market is attracting more entrants, and is increasing competition and competitive pressure.
Desalination is ready to go mainstream. Desalination energy inputs have been drastically reduced—by over 50% in the past decade.
The Desalination Showcase features three alternative and very different approaches to desalination: carbon nanotubes, biomimetic aquaporin membranes, and radial deionization.
Porifera Inc. will talk about their breakthrough forward osmosis membrane and the various applications that the membrane will have for dewatering, water treatment, and ultimately for desalination.
Aquaporin DV will outline how aquaporin proteins are used to produce a biomimetic membranes with the AquaporinInside(™) membrane.
Atlantis Technologies, a short-listed company in the ImagineH2O Competition, will describe their innovative approach to capacitive deionization and radial deionization (RDI) using supercapacitors.
As the desalination market continues to grow, this will attract more entrants and increase competition. This will in turn lead to competitive pressure where technological advantage, particularly in lowering whole of life costs, will be increasingly important in retaining and achieving market share. This session will explore innovation in the desalination space.
10:20am - 10:50am
10:50am – 11:35am
As treatment technologies advance, monitoring techniques improve and regulatory limits tighten, there is a focus on removing particular problem contaminants such as selenium, mercury and radionuclides. We will hear from companies that have adsorbents to capture mercury and selenium from the coal powered burning stations and oil and gas industry wastewater and removing naturally occurring radionuclides, such as radium from groundwater. Removing the “unremovable” is a frontier and growing niche market in the global water industry.
Moderator: Bill de Waal, PhD, Director Innovation Management at Trojan Technologies and member of O2 TAG
11:35am - 12:10pm
Biotechnology has delivered huge advances in many spheres of human life including medicine, biofuels and food production. Biotechnology is fundamental to water treatment and represents one of the next technological frontiers for the industry. There is also a new level of understanding and sophistication in how biotechnology is being applied to water. Biotechnology companies and research institutes are working to expand into this market area.
Bilexys, winner of the recent Imagine H2O Pre-Revenue Track Award, will describe how bio-electrochemical systems can be used to treat industrial wastewater and produce energy and chemicals. Ecolyse will describe how bacteriophages can be used to provide chemical-free targeted disinfection for problem microorganisms.
12:10pm - 12:30pm
NASA is the forefront of researching advanced life support and closed water systems for deep space exploration, and for expanding the frontiers for long-term human colonization of space. The focus on water has led to inventions and applications that we commonly use in everyday life.
On our space station, Planet Earth, we have a limited supply of water and are increasingly looking at ways to sustainably meet water needs. These programs have yielded forward osmosis, osmotic distillation, and ammonia reduction—just a few of the topics we will hear about in our engaging “Thinking Outside the Bubble” presentations.
Introduced by: TBD
12:30pm - 1:40pm
Provides some time to network and connect with fellow attendees and new contacts.
1:10pm - 1:30pm
Advances in water technology used to reduce building water consumption offer new business opportunities for selling packaged graywater, blackwater and rainwater reclaim systems, technologies and management/monitoring systems to building owners, especially those committed to green building projects. In this presentation, Jerry Yudelson, the most published author chronicling the green building movement worldwide, will profile some of these opportunities for corporate investment and entrepreneurial potential.
Jerry Yudelson is widely recognized as one of the leading green building experts in the United States. Co-author of the Green Operations Guide, released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), shows companies how to use the LEED-EBOM rating system to increase their sustainability profile. He is also the author of Greening Existing Buildings, a guide to implementing the LEED-EBOM rating system
Introduced by: Henrik Skov Laursen, Head of Grundfos Water Technology
Speaker: Jerry Yudelson, PE, MS, MBA, LEED® AP, Yudelson Associates
1:40pm - 2:20pm
Urban water systems of the future are evolving now. New designs and implementations will need to integrate other aspects of municipal economy and services such as energy, industrial ecology, materials recovery in addition to traditional public health and environmental protection. A business model will need to shift from payment for services to value creation.
Harold Leverenz, Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California at Davis
Slav Hermanowicz, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California at Berkeley
2:20pm - 2:40pm
Norit Clean Process Technologies is one of the most successful water technology companies in recent years. The company provides a fascinating case-study of the commercial life of a water technology company. Norit CPT went from technology start-up, to IPO, being subsequently de-listed, acquired by Private Equity company Doughty Hanson and most recently acquired by Pentair.
This interview will provide an insight into that journey, what was needed along the way, the key strategic decisions that formed part of the companies success, IP and acquisition strategy and lessons learned that may benefit water technology companies and investors looking to follow this path.
Tectonic Shifts in the Water Industry – an exploration of M&A Activity in the Water Sector and what it all means.
2:40pm - 3:20pm
The last 12 months has seen an incredible amount of M&A Activity in the water sector ranging from acquisitions of some of the worlds largest water companies, to exits by Venture Capital and private equity funds.
The team on the stage have been personally involved in executing over $30Bn of water related M&A activity.
The panel will explore some of the most significant activity, what it means for the future, what trends this is setting and some of the strategic thinking behind these decisions.
Pentair acquired Norit CPT for an estimated $700M, in what was deemed to be one of the largest actionable ultrafiltration company acquisitions and has just announced an merger with Tyco Flow.
Nalco one of the worlds largest water chemical companies was acquired by Ecolab for $1.6Bn. We will hear what life is like when there is a merger of equals.
Xylem was of course spun out of the ITT Group, to become one of the largest pure-play water technology companies and has been active on its own acquisition trail acquiring among others, Yellow Springs Instruments (YSI).
Philip M. Rolchigo, Vice President, Technology at Pentair
Manian Ramesh, Chief Technology Officer at Nalco
Johan Groen, Chief Technology Officer at Xylem Inc.
3:20pm - 3:50pm
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Many of the water technologies in use today originated outside the corporate structure and outside the USA. It’s quite likely that some of the solutions that will become mainstream in the near future are being developed today in water research institutes and university laboratories. To get a glimpse of tomorrow’s technologies, we will take a look at what’s happening in the leading water research systems globally: Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (Israel), Wetsus (Netherlands) and Uniquest (Australia).
This panel will give insight into what the future may hold for water innovations. The panel will also discuss their experience with licensing and technology spin-outs and commercialization.
Paul Barrett, Commercialisation Manager, UniQuest
Zhiguo Yuan, Deputy Director, Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Queensland
Eilon Adar, Director, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Cees Buisman, Scientific Director, Wetsus
4:30 - 4:55pm
Inspiring and Challenging Inventors and Innovators to Reinvent the Toilet
Inventors and tech innovators stand up and take notice. The challenge of our decade: invent a better solution to sanitation. The world needs a new toilet to replace the flushing porcelain pot, a relic of the 1700s.
Introduced by: Donna Vincent Roa, Managing Partner & Chief Strategist, Vincent Roa Group LLC
Companies taking part in the BlueTech Showcase are eligible for the The BlueTech Research® Awards. The BlueTech Research® ‘Disrupt-o-meter Award’ and ‘Go-to-market strategy Award’ will be judged by the Forum attendees.
This year a subscription to the BlueTech Research will be presented to the winners of each category.
Thursday, May 31st 2012
- 9:00 AM Meet in hotel lobby and board bus. Please have breakfast before the trip.
- 9:30 – 10:15 AM Travel to NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field
- 10:15 – 10:45 AM Collect badges
- 10:45 – 12:15 PM Tour the following labs:
- Solid Waste Lab
- Air Lab
- Water Lab
- 12:15 – 1:00 PM Return to hotel
- 9:00 AM Meet in hotel lobby and board bus. Please have breakfast before the trip.
- 9:30 – 10:15 AM Travel to Stanford University Engineering Building
- 10:30 – 11:15 AM Quick presentations giving a taste for the type of ongoing research (presentations will be tailored for the BlueTech Forum audience)
- 11:30 – 12:30 PM Tour of the labs
- 12:30 – 1:00 PM Return to hotel