BlueTech Forum 2017Water & the 4th Industrial Revolution
The theme for this years event is Water and the 4th Industrial Revolution.
BlueTech Forum is synonymous with water innovation and is known for always being one step ahead of the market. People come to broaden their horizons, expand their network and to do business.
Roundtable briefings, key notes and case studies
This year a series of roundtables briefings, key notes and case studies will illustrate how the future of the water sector is being shaped and changed by the broader mega-trend of the 4th Industrial Revolution and what our strategy should be to adapt and thrive in this environment.
The combination of high-level networking with industry thought-leaders and access to unique BlueTech Market Insights form the basis for the carefully crafted agenda
Different people, new technologies, real global advances
BlueTech Forum is much more than a talking shop where you’ll hear the same platitudes and meet the same people. Life is too short for ‘just- another-water-conference’: we want to facilitate real progress which comes into play in the real world quickly.
While being very business-focused, the event has an intimate and convivial feel to it which facilitates conversation and relationship-building.
2017 Speakers Include BlueTech Forum
John leads the natural resources agenda for EYQ, drawing on his 17 years of experience in developing insights into market transformations in innovation capital, energy and clean technology...2017
Dr. Glen Daigger has more than 30 years of experience in wastewater treatment plant evaluation, troubleshooting, and process design....2017
As the chief marketing officer for GE Power, Water & Process Technologies, Ralph Exton is responsible for providing strategic leadership and program direction for the business’s marketing activities and sustainability efforts....2017
Emilio Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, lodging, healthcare, primary metals and automotive....2017
Venkee Sharma has been at the helm of Aquatech for more than 20 years. In this time, the company has transformed from a small, regional manufacturer of industrial water treatment equipment to a recognized and respected major player in global water industry...2017
Hans-Ulrich Buchholz is working at L’Oréal corporate QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health and Safety) department as water and waste water expert. His responsibility is water and waste water management of L’Oréal’s Operations worldwide in order to evaluate and to reduce the impact of the industrial activities, especially on local water resources....2017
Recent Interviews WaterWorld Magazine
A collection of recent interviews by Angela Godwin courtesy of WaterWorld Magazine.
Sponsors BlueTech Forum 2017
With operations in 130 countries and employing over 7500 people worldwide, GE Water & Process Technologies leverages our innovation, expertise and global capabilities to solve our customers’ toughest water and process challenges wherever they occur.
XPV Water Partners
XPV Water Partners is comprised of experienced water entrepreneurs, operators, and investment professionals dedicated to making a difference in water. XPV partners with, invests in, and actively supports entrepreneurial companies so they can grow and deliver value for all stakeholders. XPV manages over $400 million in investment capital from some of the top institutional investors in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
BlueTech Research is a global provider of water technology market intelligence. The bottom line: we provide not just access, but analysis and context. You get the information you need, through tools that help you answer your own questions quickly.
Drylet’s team of biological, chemical, and process engineers develop products that outperform traditional solutions. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the venture backed start-up designs and supports solutions for the global agriculture, energy, and wastewater treatment industries.
Aquatech is a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets. Dedicated to meeting water and environmental needs through their innovative technology solutions, products and services, Aquatech has successfully observed 35 years in business.
Want To Become a BlueTech Forum Sponsor?
Raise your brand’s profile as a BlueTech Forum sponsor, with plenty of sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorship will allow selected companies to receive high visibility with the leading water industry professionals.
Day 1 - Tuesday, 6th June 2017
Welcome Reception Drinks
BlueTech Forum welcomes delegates with a networking drinks reception followed by dinner in the beautiful Christchurch Cathedral in the heart of Dublin city.
Pre-Conference Networking Dinner
A networking dinner will take place in the Historic- Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin. The Cathedral (found- ed c.1028) is the spiritual heart of Dublin City, and one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. Traditional Irish music will create a convivial atmosphere followed by candlelit dinner in the crypt.
Day 2 - Wednesday, 7th June 2017
Networking Breakfast Meetings
Connecting people is a value-add that BlueTech Forum can deliver through our extensive network of water industry contacts. Our team will also be available throughout the day to help facilitate introductions and meetings.
Welcome Address: Water & the 4th Industrial Revolution
Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research will provide an opening address on the conference theme of Water and the 4th Industrial Revolution. This will help to set the scene, map out the day and provide an overview of the key themes of the conference.
KeyNote Address: The impact of megatrends on water
John De Yonge,
Insights Director, Ernst & Young
The impact of megatrends on water. BlueTech and Ernst & Young are collaborating on a white paper that will take the eight megatrends Ernst & Young identified as shaping the 2016 and beyond. The keynote address will identify how these megatrends map to water.
Water Technology Market Opportunities
Moderators will provide five-minute introductory primers on the topic after which there will be a facilitated discussion. These bite-size interactive briefings will provide intelligence in an easy-to-digest format, setting the stage for informed discussions throughout the day and allowing you to interact with fellow delegates.
Roundtable Topics will include:
1. Nano-Filtration tech trends and market opportunities
Chaired by Graeme Pearce, TAG Expert
NF is gaining interest as a lower-energy way of treating dissolved organics, as water reuse grows in importance.
2. Micropollutants removal and AOP
Chaired by Steve Gluck, TAG Expert
Steve will present on the growing potenial for advanced treatment processes to remove contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides.
Conversation starters will include David Parocki, Director of Sales, Arvia Technology.
3. Managing brine and challenges and opportunities in the ZLD continuum
Chaired by Michael Mickley, TAG Expert
A look at the impact of issues including growing regulation of industrial sectors producing saline effluent. Conversation starters will include Venkee Sharma, CEO of Aquatech and Brian Powers, Director, External Options Development, Dow Energy & Water Solutions.
4. Ultrapure and high purity water markets
Chaired by Dr. Slava Libman, Director of Advanced Water Analysis, Air Liquide
Water and wastewater treatment in the semiconductor industry is estimated to be worth over $1 billion. We will examine the wider trends and opportunities.
5. The impact of regulations driving the ballast water treatment market
Chaired by Chaired by Judith Herschell, TAG Expert
With the advent of tighter international regulations, marine wastewater treatment is set to be a significant growth area – but not without challenges.
6. Key drivers for innovation & market growth
Chaired by Chaired by Paul O'Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research
Why do some technologies and companies succeed and others fail? Analysing what the past can tell us about the future.
Conversation starters will include Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus and Professor of Sustainable Technology at Wageningen University and Jon Grant, Research Manager, Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP).
7. Trends and opportunities in biosolids management
Chaired by Chaired by William Toffey, TAG Expert
The outlook for advanced technologies, as well as how trends such as “infrastructure intensification” are shaping the use of established biosolids treatment methods
Conversation starters will include Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation, Anglian Water and Art Umble, Americas Wastewater Practice Leader, MWH.
8. International trends in municipal and industrial water reuse
Chaired by Chaired by Wade Miller, TAG Expert
Examining how the water reuse landscape is developing, with specialised approaches for industry and growing municipal interest.
Conversation starters will include Jeff Mosher, Chief Research Officer, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and Frederik Dejaeghere, Business Development Manager, Pollet Water Group.
9. Future trends in Biological WWT and market impacts
Chaired by Chaired by Dr. Glen Daigger, TAG Expert
Topics will include the potential opportunities for replacing conventional removal technologies with low energy solutions.
Conversation starters will include Song Wang, Global Strategic Marketing Manager, Honeywell UOP.
11. Sensors and Big Data in Buried Infrastructure Asset Management
Chaired by Chaired by Corina Carpentier, TAG Expert
Corina will discuss the role that sensors, combined with software and data analysis, can play in managing condition assessment of buried water infrastructure.
12. Beneficial Use of Produced Water – Challenges and Opportunities.
Chaired by Chaired by John Veil, TAG Expert
Beneficial Use of Produced Water - Challenges and Opportunities
13. Corporate sustainability and the circular economy
Chaired by Laura Shenkar, Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
Sustainability is increasingly a priority for companies that see water risk affecting their bottom line. Laura will explain how this impacts corporate strategy and the implications for the need for innovative technologies.
14. The Internet of Water - digital water
Chaired by Chaired by Ralph Exton, Chief Marketing Officer, GE WAter
Smart technology, predictive analytics and the Internet of things (IoT) are beginning to impact the water space, and will ultimately transform every aspect of it. This discussion will provide an overview of this complex yet vital subject.
Conversation starters will include David Henderson, Founder, XPV Water Partners.
Networking Coffee Break
Innovation Showcase Technology Company Pitches
Innovation Showcase Company Interactive Case Study Presentations
Case studies will introduce delegates to the technology concept, its value proposition, the problem it solved, the influencers on the choice of technology, the experience during implementation and what this means for future rollout.
Confirmed show case companies include:
Aquaporin - Danish membrane company developing a biomimetic membrane using Aquaporin to reduce energy and enhance performance
Biogill - Low energy wastewater treatment
Luminultra - Used advanced biotechnology to detect the presence of bacteria in water in real-time
Oxymem - A leading innovator in the area of low enery treatment providing membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology
Real Tech Inc. - A Canadian company linked to the thematic area of IoT and on-line analysis provides an innovative line of water quality sensors
Aquatech - Technology Description coming shortly
Sofi Filtration - A self-cleaning microfilter operating between 0.2 to 20 microns without need for chemicals or frequent filter changes
NVP Energy - An innovative wastewater (WW) treatment process that addresses the mandatory treatment of low strength, low temperature WW at a fraction of the cost of other WW treatment technologies
Hitachi - Technology description coming shortly
Fireside Chat Interview
Keynote Address: Jim Hanna, Director of Datacenter Sustainability for Microsoft and Emilio Tenuta, VP, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab
End User Innovation Needs Session
BlueTech together with CDP will lead a session focused around the A-List Companies. This session will be in an interactive roundtable format meeting where industrial and utility end users will be invited to identify key innovation challenges in their businesses, the challenges they have and solutions required.Key issues faced by industrial and utility end users include:
1. Turning risk into an opportunity - solving water issues and future proofing the business Increasingly corporations are moving to creative long term holistic solutions that are strategic, not tactical.
Examples of this include William S. Grant, which has set up a subsidiary company focused on energy generation from by-products from whisky production. A number of Oil and Gas companies are investigating the launch of water divisions, recognising that they produce more water than oil by a factor of 10 in some cases. It is possible to imagine that in a low carbon economy and an era of water scarcity, that an oil and gas company may become a water company.
2. Building the case for water innovation - make it pay Increasingly corporates are realising that wastewater is lost raw materials and product. The use of better data and analytics allows savings that can deliver short pay-backs. Opportunities abound to turn a cost-centre into a cost-neutral, or value generating aspect of the business. This ranges from energy generation, recovery of phosphorous, and production of bio-chemicals on-site as part of circular economy initiatives.
3. Moving to water avoidance and water obsolescence Water Re-use is now the standard main-stream in all new industrial sites. It is a given. As water is re-used one of the challenges it creates is how to deal with contaminants which build up over time and need to be treated or disposed of.
Taking this one step further, upstream processes are being looked at and re-imagined to see if water is truly essential for the process, or if it can be substituted with something else. Textile companies look to ways to dye materials without using water, solutions such as Xeros reduce water use in laundries by using polymers to absorb dirt from clothes. There is a continuum of potential solutions that operate across the water paradigm ranging from water reduction, water re-use and right through to water avoidance. BlueTech Research will map case studies by industry sector and show the technology readiness levels of the potential range of solutions, where they are on the technology curve, who is providing them and where they have been used.
Corporate companies will outline the industrial needs and challenges they face. This session will also detail their experience of working with technology companies and provide example case studies.
Participating companies include Nestle, L'Oreal, Anglian Water, ABP Food Group and Metsä Board. More will be announced shortly.
Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
Keynote Address: Philip Moynagh, Intel Corporation (Ex Vice President, Internet of Things Group)
BlueTech Innovation Awards Ceremony
Companies taking part in the Innovation Showcase will receive nominations and votes from the Technology Assessment Group (TAG) to win one of two BlueTech Awards: The BlueTech Disrupt-o-Meter Award and the BlueTech BlueTuffle Award.
Closing Networking Drinks Reception & Taste of Ireland Experience
A culinary highlight will be the Taste of Ireland featuring local artisan produce including cheese, seafood and craft beers.
Everything You Need To Know BlueTech Forum 2017
BlueTech Forum focuses on strategic investment opportunities in industrial water and wastewater including mining, oil & gas and food & beverage. This high level event explores technology trends in water reuse, decentralized treatment, energy and resource recovery, smart water, water-as-a-service and innovative business models.
Attendees learn about the emerging technologies necessary to future-proof your technology portfolio, will understand how macro drivers link with themes to create technology market opportunities and identify the best thematic areas for strategic investment and acquisition
Attendees can also participate in intelligence briefings led by market sector experts, network with industry peers, help identify solutions and concierge facilitated networking.
The Marker Hotel, Dublin
Extraordinary, surprising and luxurious, The Marker Hotel is the perfect urban retreat for those who crave the unconventional, yet still expect the exceptional standards of service that are the signature of a member of The Leading Hotels of the World®.
Rising up from the rich urban heartland of the Dublin Docklands, the hotel slots into one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin City.
Highlights BlueTech Forum 2016
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