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25 Mar 2009 05:03:13

Water industry needs to improve innovation

Water industry needs to improve innovation
Water companies have been urged to work with universities and research organisations more and increase investment in research and development.

A report from the Council for Science and Technology claims that the sector's investment in innovation is low and that water firms have difficulties recruiting highly skilled people.

Just 0.5 per cent of the water industry's £3 billion annual capital investment is used to fund research and development, claims the study.

Project convenor professor Michael Sterling said: "The water companies have made progress over the last fifteen years becoming more efficient and meeting increasingly stringent regulatory standards.

"However, the industry needs to do more if it is to be world class and supply the nation's water needs in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way."

The report claims regulations should provide stronger incentives for innovative solutions and more attention should be paid to long term planning.

According to industry body Water UK, the sector is made up of 12 water and sewerage service providers and 13 water suppliers.



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aussepom wrote:

27 Mar 2009

The testing of a new device shortly, would see a new sewage treatment process that would have water output equal to that of desalinated water. This water is suitable for steam turbines, but the new device would enable this water to be used to actually power the boiler for the steam turbines. There would be no need for coal fired boilers, these devises could be retrofitted existing boilers.
There would be ample water left over for other uses such as gardens or crops, there is also a by product of the treatment plant, Hydrogen for each litre treated a litre of hydrogen gas is produced.
There is another off shoot development for this device; that may give a NON NUCLEAR FORM OF REACTOR, similar to that used in nuclear powered submarines.
Brian Bayliss
Bayliss Controls

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