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WEFTEC 2023: The Imagine H2O Session Lineup

WEFTEC 2023

Join the Imagine H2O team and our startups at WEFTEC!

Sunday, October 1

Welcome Reception in partnership with Current and BlueTech Research

Monday, October 2

Don’t Hate, Innovate: A Tour Of The 2023 Innovation Pavilion

Discussion: Drivers and Roadblocks to Circular Economies Around Water Nutrients

  • This session aims to explore the drivers behind successful resource recovery practices adopted by municipalities, utilities, and communities as they work towards a circular water economy. The session will emphasize the global context, highlighting how these efforts contribute to multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Understanding these motivations and benefits will help garner support for sustainable water management and circular water economies.
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Location: SDG Pavillion Theatre
  • Speakers: Kelly Trott [Steering Committee, OSA], Kendra Morris [President Northeast Region, Veolia North America], Joe Lanzafame, [Public Utilities Director, New London, CT]

Utilities Under the Spotlight: Entrepreneurs Probe Innovation Strategies

  • In this session, three utilities will take the stage, each allotted five minutes to pitch their innovation strategies. They’ll face a panel of eager start-ups, poised to learn more about utilities behind the scenes, provide feedback, and delve into the critical pain points at the forefront of their operations.
  • Location: Innovation Pavilion
  • Time: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Imagine H2O’s CrocTank

  • Discover the forefront of water innovation, where technology advancements, strategic investments, collaboration, and favorable policies converge to tackle global water challenges. In this pitch competition session, startups from our 2023 cohort will delve into the pivotal role of technology in driving efficiency, equity, climate resilience, and public health improvements in the water sector.
  • Location: Innovation Pavilion
  • Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Speakers: ACWA Robotics, AInwater, BlueMethane, CivilGrid, Kairospace Technologies, LAIIER, Sudoc
Tuesday, October 3

Imagine H2O & BlueTech Research’s Innovation Partners Forum

  • This event is an opportunity to learn from experts and thought leaders in the sector and to share and learn from peers about the positive and impactful changes they are making regarding the most pressing challenges and opportunities in water. The Innovation Partners Forum will begin with a series of roundtable discussions on the fastest moving areas in water right now and conclude with “Controversial Statements in Water Innovation: Debating PFAS, Net Zero and Circularity.”
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Aquadance Film Festival

  • Join us for an inspiring session featuring a curated collection of short films showcasing visionary water entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing urban water systems on a global scale. Each film unveils the journey of an entrepreneur, their innovative solution, and the transformative impact of their Imagine H2O-funded pilot projects. Supported by 11th Hour Racing and Oceankind.
  • Location: Innovation Pavilion
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Innovation Partner Video Showcase – Imagine H2O Pilot Video Premier

  • Location: Innovation Pavilion
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Flowing Together: Harnessing Corporate Partnerships to Accelerate Water Technology Adoption

Gross-Wen Technologies Tour

  • See cutting-edge water tech in action at the Gross-Wen Technologies tour of their Revolving Algal Biofilm (RAB) at MWRD’s Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. Thanks to grant funding from Imagine H2O’s Fourth Annual Urban Water Challenge, GWT constructed the new RAB system and greenhouse to analyze how the system can more efficiently recover nitrogen and phosphorus without the use of inorganic chemicals or energy-consuming aeration, which is the traditional method of nutrient removal. Register here to attend!
  • Location: MWDR Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Wednesday, October 4

Aquadance Film Festival

  • Join us for an inspiring session featuring a curated collection of short films showcasing visionary water entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing urban water systems on a global scale. Each film unveils the journey of an entrepreneur, their innovative solution, and the transformative impact of their Imagine H2O-funded pilot projects. Supported by 11th Hour Racing and Oceankind.
  • Location: Innovation Pavilion
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

See these startups at WEFTEC

Aclarity CEO Julie Bliss Mullen
Aclarity

Aclarity

Aclarity CEO Julie Bliss Mullen

Technology category:   Water Quality

 

Solution

Aclarity commercializes novel electrochemical water treatment systems for the complete, on-site destruction of contaminants like PFAS in wastewater.

Why this matters

PFAS, a group of manufacturing chemicals that is known to be harmful to the environment and human health, commonly enters the environment from wastewater discharge and landfill leachate. Alacrity’s system treats the water that drains from landfills and destroys the PFAS before it can enter the environment and cause harm.

Aclarity CEO Julie Bliss Mullen

Cohort

IV

Programs participated

Urban Water Challenge

ACWA Robotics

ACWA Robotics

Technology category:  Network & Non-Revenue Water Management

 

Solution

ACWA Robotics provides the only smart and autonomous robot that can bring utilities the data they need to make accurate decisions on when and where to replace their water mains and save millions of their budget each year.

Why this matters

Water utilities are losing millions of dollars each year because they don’t have the information they need to make efficient decisions regarding network maintenance. Up to 40% of pipe replacements are either inefficient or improperly prioritized. In addition, 20 to 40% of water running in distribution networks lost every year due to pipe conditions, costing the city money and wasting dwindling supplies of potable water.

Cohort

V

Programs participated

Urban Water Challenge

Ainwater

Ainwater

Ainwater uses AI-based algorithms to optimize water and wastewater plant operations, ensuring compliance while increasing energy efficiency by 30%. 

Cohort

2023

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

BlueConduit

BlueConduit

Technology category:   Water Quality

 

Solution

BlueConduit platform provides clarity, recommended order for lead service line replacements, and easy-to-understand dashboards for internal and public consumption, empowering utilities and individuals with information to reduce their exposure to lead.

Why this matters

Lead pipes were the building blocks of the modern day water distribution system. However, now lead exposure has been linked to detrimental health effects on humans including children’s development. BlueConduit’s software optimizes the lead service line replacement process through accurately predicting lead conveyance pipes locations that cities can use in decision making.

Cohort

IV

Programs participated

Urban Water Challenge

Bluemethane

Bluemethane

Bluemethane captures and permanently removes methane from water, as a new source of bioenergy and revenue for asset owners.

Cohort

2023

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

CivilGrid

CivilGrid

CivilGrid compiles utility, geotech, and other project planning data to create a comprehensive map that accelerates due diligence and design of water infrastructure projects.

Cohort

2023

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

Daupler

Daupler

Technology category:  Risk Management

Solution

Daupler RMS uses multi-modal artificial intelligence and automation to route incidents to the right people, regardless of their organization, saving vital time and resources while keeping customers informed.

Why this matters

Incidents, such as main breaks or sewer overflows, often get reported to the wrong department or service provider when near service boundaries – causing delays in response that can lead to unnecessary property damage, environmental impact, or customer dissatisfaction.

Cohort

V

Programs participated

Urban Water Challenge

Gross Wen Technologies

Gross Wen Technologies

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Nutrient Removal)

Algae-based wastewater treatment system that helps customers meet nutrient-discharge limits while reducing their costs and carbon footprint. The technology removes nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater and converts it into fertilizer for a sustainable, easy-to-use treatment solution.

Visit their website

Cohort

2021

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

Kairospace Technologies

Kairospace Technologies

Kairospace Technologies provides a clean-tech water treatment solution using gasses and nanobubbles to optimize water quality that increases agricultural outputs.

Cohort

2023

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

LAIIER

LAIIER

LAIIER’s wireless smart tape leak detection solution notifies property managers and owners about leakages in real-time, reducing the impact of water damage and flooding events.

Cohort

2023

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

Membrion
Membrion

Membrion

Membrion

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Desalination)

New ceramic ion exchange membrane that helps industrial wastewater treatment facilities recover 30% more water during the desalination process without increasing the levelized cost of water treatment. The membranes are 20% more energy efficient and 50% less expensive than competitors.

Visit their website

Membrion

Cohort

2021

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

Paige Peters Rapid Radicals
Rapid Radicals

Rapid Radicals

Paige Peters Rapid Radicals

Technology category: Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Disinfection)

Solution

Decentralized wastewater treatment technology that eliminates sewer overflows and basement backups during large storm events. The solution rapidly removes pollutants and disinfects harmful pathogens 16x faster than conventional systems, and its onsite treatment capabilities result in high-cost savings for municipalities.

Paige Peters Rapid Radicals

Cohort

2021

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

SENTRY

SENTRY

Problem:
Cities do not have real-time insight into water and wastewater quality which leaves them vulnerable to toxic shocks or heavy loads from industrial sources.

Solution:
Sensor platform that delivers continuous data to enable analysis and optimization of water and wastewater quality in real-time.

Pilot:
SENTRY will help São Paulo, Brazil’s wastewater treatment plants optimize processes and ensure only treated water flows back into the ecosystem

Cohort

III

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator, Imagine H2O Asia, Urban Water Challenge

SewerAI

SewerAI

Technology category:   Sanitation

 

Solution

SewerAI leverages its cloud inspection management platform (Pioneer™) and AI Computer Vision tools (AutoCode™) to help wastewater professionals to accelerate productivity, increase condition assessment accuracy, and reduce the overall cost to maintain and renew aging collection systems.

Why this matters

Limited insight into the conditions of sewer pipes combined with aging and overworked infrastructure increasingly leads to unexpected sewer collapses and overflow events that affect residential neighborhoods and marine life alike. SewerAI’s software enables municipalities to assess the condition of buried wastewater assets, predict likely failures, and optimally prioritize the rehabilitation or replacement of their assets.

Previous programs

Imagine H2O Accelerator 2020

Cohort

IV

Programs participated

Urban Water Challenge

Sudoc

Sudoc

Sudoc is using its patented chemistry to eliminate wasted material, energy, and water in textile bleaching and other water treatment applications.

Cohort

2023

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Accelerator

TeamSolve

TeamSolve

Digitizing Operations

Digital knowledge companion that integrates institutional SOPs, workforce knowledge and field reports to generate problem-solving insights during daily operations, incident troubleshooting and management through a conversational AI platform.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia