Isle links up with Texas' Accelerate H2O
Texas organisation Accelerate H20 and technology and innovation consultancy Isle Inc have formed a partnership. The deal will see Accelerate H20, which discovers, promotes and invests in new and existing technologies, will work with Isle to bring the most forward thinking water agencies and organisations in Texas to a series of jointly-hosted Technology Approval Group (TAG) meetings in the state throughout this year.
The meetings will follow Isle’s proven TAG meeting format, which has delivered some 100 sessions worldwide in the past ten years. Technologies that are selected will present their innovations at the meetings with a view to seeking market feedback, validation and support for field trials or demonstration opportunities to reduce their time to commercialisation.
Isle’s mission is to accelerate the market uptake of “step-change” technologies by introducing them to potentially interested water utilities during the pre-commercial stages of development and by facilitating additional research and trials to demonstrate the feasibility of the technologies. It receives no funding from manufacturers and maintains complete independence from the technologies they introduce to utilities. Existing agreements between Isle, the Water Research Foundation (WateRF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) ensure that promising new technologies can be taken to trial in the field and objective results and conclusions can be drawn through an independent, peer-reviewed process.
“Investment in new technology is desperately needed if the water industry is to tackle the challenges ahead. This partnership between Accelerate H2O and Isle brings together the strengths of two organisations who share a common goal” explained Bill Kelly, president of Isle Inc. “We look forward to working with Accelerate H20 to bring new innovative water technologies to the key stakeholders in Texas, as well as discovering new technologies within the state that we can introduce to the rest of the world.”
Ed Archuleta, chairman of the Executive Committee and former CEO and president of El Paso Water Utility, said: “Bringing the Isle TAG forums to Texas will not only supply Texas water agencies with a stream of new water technologies from around the world for evaluation which address their current and future challenges, it will also provide a direct channel for Texas-based water technologies to gain exposure and present their innovative offerings to the other global markets in which the Isle TAG forum operates.”
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