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Ofwat has launched the second round of its innovation competition by inviting bids from across the water sector and beyond to find solutions to common challenges that benefit customers, the environment and wider society. Up to £39 million will be available across the two streams of the competition.
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Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during wastewater treatment, minimise harm to waterways, and an at-scale water neutrality scheme are among the winners of Ofwat's £35 million innovation fund to encourage collaboration on common challenges in the sector.
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MOSL has launched a £1 million fund to encourage innovation in the non-household water sector. It is designed to improve the market and deliver benefits to business customers.
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Ofwat is hoping that its five year, £200 million Innovation Fund will help water companies collaborate their way to solving the sector’s pressing problems, and also open up a dialogue with prospective partners in other sectors, such as Fintech or telecoms. UW Innovate spoke to John Russell, senior director for strategy and planning and Harry Armstrong, director for regulatory policy.
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The sky is the limit for getting the water sector to think innovatively about how to tackle the environmental and societal challenges faced today. Ofwat's John Russell writes about the success of the innovation fund so far and what is next.
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After the successful first round of the Innovation in Water Challenge, entries to Ofwat's main innovation competition have opened for water companies and partnerships to win up to £10 million towards finding solutions to sector-wide challenges
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Water companies from across the UK as well as supply partners, NGOs and academic groups have been awarded funding for 11 projects from the Ofwat Innovation Fund to tackle shared problems faced by the sector. See the full list as well as the thoughts of Ofwat's John Russell.
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The main round of Ofwat's innovation competition kicks off in May with collaboration encouraged for entries that can win £1 million to £10 million to advance and commercialise ideas, models and processes that will benefit the whole sector. The regulator has also updated on activity in the first round of the Innovation in Water Challenge.
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Last month Anglian expanded its Shop Window project, which aims to use the town of Newmarket as a live testbed for innovative solutions to the problems the water sector is facing now, and for the future. Utility Week chats to the driving forces behind the project.
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The judging panel for Ofwat's much anticipated Innovation in Water Challenge has been named. The eight experts from the water sector and related industries will judge a Dragons' Den style pitching competition
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The first round of Ofwat's innovation competition kicks off today with the Innovation in Water Challenge, inviting ideas and pitches from within and outside the water sector with a chance to win up £250,000 of development funds.
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With Ofwat's innovation competition set to launch next month the regulator has given further detail on how intellectual property will be treated, how many entries can be submitted, and more.
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