Business and Investments


Clean power from underwater kites
A company with its origins in Swedish aerospace and automobile company Saab is moving towards installation of an underwater power plant that it claims will produce energy cost effectively and with minimal environmental impact. The company, Minesto, has developed what looks like an underwater kite...
Pan-European project tests and values water technologies
A project to test eco-innovative technologies that conserve and improve water resources is underway at five sites across Europe. In its second phase, the DESSIN project (“Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector”) will also calculate the additional economic value that...
Austrian procurement of wastewater system earns praise
Austria's Federal Procurement Agency has gained Europe-wide recognition for innovation-friendly use of public procurement. In October 2015, the agency picked up a Public Procurement of Innovation award from the Procurement of Innovation Platform. By using their purchasing power to choose...
Croatian project promises reusable water from textiles manufacturing
A wastewater treatment facility on the site of a Croatian textiles factory could be the first in the European Union to have the capability to recover and reuse up to 100% of the water that the plant consumes. The facility was inaugurated in November 2015. The factory, at Osijek in northeastern...
Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water
A circular-economy initiative just outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is making waves in water filtration by producing a highly efficient filtration media from recycled glass. The Active Filter Media (AFM), made by the company Dryden Aqua, has been so successful that its production now uses...
German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013. The company,...
Washing whiter without water
The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham. Their bead cleaning technology was developed at Leeds University and Xeros is currently working to commercialise it. According...
Treating wastewater locally
Wastewater treatment could be made more efficient by decentralising it, according to Danish company Grundfos. A small-scale, mobile wastewater treatment plant developed by Grundfos is being installed and tested in small municipalities to demonstrate the flexibility that decentralised wastewater...
Reducing surplus sludge in wastewater treatment
The EU-funded WASTEred project has facilitated the successful market launch of an eco-innovative product to reduce sludge generated during wastewater treatment in the food sector. Over 25 million tonnes of sludge is generated during wastewater treatment in the meat and dairy sectors in the EU...
Conjuring water out of air
Innovator Dutch Rainmaker has married wind-turbine technology with water production and purification expertise to create a sustainable method for extracting water from air. The idea of collecting water from air is not new. However, Friesland-based Dutch Rainmaker was attracted to the idea of...