Final Agenda – Water 2.0 Conference – Weds 11/18 Washington DC

Posted on November 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Our Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference is just a few weeks away!  We would like to announce the final agenda.

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Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Conference Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007-5109

Our conference promotes the development of water technologies through innovation. Event co-sponsors include companies such as GE, American Water, Duke Energy and Watercura®.

REGISTER TODAY $250
The registration fee includes lunch and a post-conference networking reception.

Our Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Those in attendance will include water and energy industry authorities, utility professionals and representatives from the EPA.

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We are excited to have the following talented leaders from the water industry:

Legal issues and best practices for Big Data analytics and data security in the water utilities industry
- Chanley T. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
- Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Author of Social Knowledge

The Industrial Internet – Making it Real. Today.
- Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

How Digital Technologies and Advanced Data Analytics Can Reduce the Cost of Shale Oil/Gas Production
- Piers Wells, CEO, Digital H2O

- Jonathan Litchman, Founder, The Providence Group

- FBI: Economic Espionage Program

Financing innovative water technology companies
- Scott B. Livingston, Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC

Get Social: Connecting water resources and increasing the flow of knowledge
- Becky Scott, Social Knowledge Program Manager, Cisco

New Tools for Improving Water Efficiency
- Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Fluorescence-based cell assay for high-throughput detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water sources
- Diana A. Stavreva, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute, CCR, NIH

- Maryanne E. McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

Carbon Capture: Predicting, Managing and Optimizing Water Treatment
- Gary Miller, President & Chief Operating Officer, ClearCove Systems

Data Analytics and IoT Start-Up Companies for the Water Industry
- Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, WIAF & Water 2.0 Conference Chair
- Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange

Little Data…Before Big Data
- Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

CONFERENCE HOTEL
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2000

Click here to RESERVE YOUR ROOM
$329 per night

When making reservations please refer to the room block name:
Water 2.0 Conference

Click here for DIRECTIONS TO HOTEL.

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WATER NEWS

Global Water Technologies and AquiSense Technologies sign MOU for UV LEDs

JFK’s Famous Water Quote: A Brief History
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts Blog

I’ve Looked at the Cloud from Both Sides Now
Jim Lauria
Our Water Counts Blog

Where Is the Water Industry’s Silicon Valley?
Dan Grech
Our Water Counts Blog

Touchdown for Water Conservation
Jill Burdette
Our Water Counts Blog

Clock is ticking on bid to block EPA water rule
Daren Bakst
The Hill
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Looking forward to seeing you in DC on November 18th!

NanoBCA Congratulates OSTP on Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge

Posted on November 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to congratulate the Office of Science and Technology Policy on the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.  I would like to share with you the following announcement.

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A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing
By Lloyd Whitman, Randy Bryant, and Tom Kalil
October 20, 2015

Today, the White House is announcing a grand challenge to develop transformational computing capabilities by combining innovations in multiple scientific disciplines.

In June, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Request for Information seeking suggestions for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade. After considering over 100 responses, OSTP is excited to announce the following grand challenge that addresses three Administration priorities—the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), and the BRAIN initiative:

Create a new type of computer that can proactively interpret and learn from data, solve unfamiliar problems using what it has learned, and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain.

While it continues to be a national priority to advance conventional digital computing—which has been the engine of the information technology revolution—current technology falls far short of the human brain in terms of both the brain’s sensing and problem-solving abilities and its low power consumption. Many experts predict that fundamental physical limitations will prevent transistor technology from ever matching these twin characteristics. We are therefore challenging the nanotechnology and computer science communities to look beyond the decades-old approach to computing based on the Von Neumann architecture as implemented with transistor-based processors, and chart a new path that will continue the rapid pace of innovation beyond the next decade.

There are growing problems facing the Nation that the new computing capabilities envisioned in this challenge might address, from delivering individualized treatments for disease, to allowing advanced robots to work safely alongside people, to proactively identifying and blocking cyber intrusions. To meet this challenge, major breakthroughs are needed not only in the basic devices that store and process information and the amount of energy they require, but in the way a computer analyzes images, sounds, and patterns; interprets and learns from data; and identifies and solves problems.

Many of these breakthroughs will require new kinds of nanoscale devices and materials integrated into three-dimensional systems and may take a decade or more to achieve. These nanotechnology innovations will have to be developed in close coordination with new computer architectures, and will likely be informed by our growing understanding of the brain—a remarkable, fault-tolerant system that consumes less power than an incandescent light bulb.

Recent progress in developing novel, low-power methods of sensing and computation—including neuromorphic, magneto-electronic, and analog systems—combined with dramatic advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences, lead us to believe that this ambitious challenge is now within our reach. The Federal government is driving many of these initial advances through programs such as Expeditions in Computing and Robust Intelligence at the National Science Foundation (NSF); Computational Cognition and Machine Intelligence, Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems, DARPA SyNAPSE, DARPA UPSIDE, and DARPA STARnet (a public-private partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation) at the Department of Defense; and MICrONS at IARPA.

Some of the problems to be addressed by this grand challenge are highlighted in a recent report sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corporation with support from NSF, and white papers released today by the IEEE and the Computing Community Consortium. Over the coming months, Federal agencies, professional societies, industry groups, and non-profit organizations will be coming together in workshops and other forums to determine the best path forward to address this grand challenge, with the first Department of Energy study group roundtable discussion planned for next week. Information about agency activities and other relevant resources are available at a new grand challenges portal at nano.gov.

We look forward to working with colleagues from across the nanotechnology, computer science, and neuroscience communities to transform future computing. If you’d like to help organize or participate in a planning activity, let us know at NNIChallenges@nnco.nano.gov.

Lloyd Whitman is Assistant Director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Randy Bryant is Assistant Director for Information Technology Research and Development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Learn More:

Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges on nano.gov
A Call for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges (OSTP Blog)
21st Century Grand Challenges

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NANO NEWS

PEN Inc. Develops Graphene-Based Product for Use in Medical Imaging

NanoMech Launches Transport Division

HZO & Deutsche Telekom Join Again to Reveal the Water Resistant Tolino 3 HD eReader

IBM Reports Breakthrough on Carbon Nanotube Transistors
Mike Orcutt
MIT Technology Review

Could Nanotechnology Dramatically Reduce Clothing’s Environmental Impact?
Kathleen Webber
Chemistry and Materials

I read over 100 articles per week in regard to nanotechnology products.  It appears that Time Magazine does not.
Here’s Why Nobody’s Talking About Nanotech Anymore
Kevin Kelleher
Time Magazine

10 years ago we heard that nanomaterials would be the new asbestos.  Now we are told that bacon is the new asbestos.
Bacon’s as bad as asbestos? WHO thinks so: Report
Javier E. David
CNBC

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UPCOMING EVENTS

1st Annual “Livingston Securities Advanced & Renewable Energy Summit”
November 2nd Denver, CO
For more information please email scott@livingstonsecurities.com

Water 2.0 Conference – Data Analytics for the Water Industry
November 18, 2015
Offices of Foley & Lardner, LLP
Washington, DC

Nanotechnology for Health Care
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute – Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:AM – Friday, December 4, 2015 10:AM (PT)
Morrilton, AR

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-402-7200 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become Individual Members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, November 19th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $150.

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Once again, congratulations to the OSTP!

Agenda Update – Water 2.0 Conference – Weds 11/18 Washington DC

Posted on October 14th, 2015 | No Comments »

It is time to start making plans for fall!  The Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference is just a few weeks away.

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Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Conference Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007-5109

The conference is spearheaded by the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF), an organization that promotes the development of water technologies through innovation. Event co-sponsors include companies such as GE, American Water, Duke Energy and Watercura®.

REGISTER TODAY $250
The registration fee includes lunch and a post-conference networking reception.

The Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Those in attendance will include water and energy industry authorities, utility professionals and representatives from the EPA.

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We are excited to have the following talented SPEAKERS from the water industry:

Legal issues and best practices for Big Data analytics and data security in the water utilities industry
- Chanley T. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
- Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Author of Social Knowledge

The Industrial Internet – Making it Real. Today.
- Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

Financing innovative water technology companies
- Scott B. Livingston, Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC

Get Social: Connecting water resources and increasing the flow of knowledge
- Becky Scott, Social Knowledge Program Manager, Cisco

Fluorescence-based cell assay for high-throughput detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water sources
- Diana A. Stavreva, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute, CCR, NIH

Carbon Capture: Predicting, Managing and Optimizing Water Treatment
- Gary Miller, President & Chief Operating Officer, ClearCove Systems

Little Data…Before Big Data
- Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

Additional SPEAKERS include:
- Christopher Peacock, Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM
- Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager – Innovation Development, American Water
- Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative
- David Schoenberger, CIO, Secure Cloud Systems, LLC
- Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.
- Maryanne E. McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy
- Speaker from the FBI: Economic Espionage Program

CONFERENCE HOTEL
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2000

Click here to RESERVE YOUR ROOM
$329 per night

Cut-off date to receive room block rate is Friday, October 16, 2105

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WATER NEWS

Surge in tech investment shows the days of cheap water are over
Ucilia Wang
The Guardian

GE names a new vice-chair – and she is . . .
Patricia Sellers
Fortune

Recycled swimware is a hot new trend
Colleen Kane
Fortune

Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule
Timothy Cama
The Hill

Women and Water
Jim Lauria
Our Water Counts Blog

Keeping an Eye on Water Contamination
Jill Burdette
Our Water Counts Blog

Water Innovation: The Evolution of Consumer Water Filtration
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts Blog

The Black Lagoon or the Blue Lagoon?
Jim Lauria
Our Water Counts Blog

The Latest from California: Are We Headed for Mega-drought?
Richard Kreidler
Our Water Counts Blog

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Hope to see you at the Water 2.0 Conference in November!

JFK’s Famous Water Quote: A Brief History

Posted on October 14th, 2015 | No Comments »

JFK’s Famous Water Quote: A Brief History
By Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts Blog

Water Innovation: The Evolution of Consumer Water Filtration

Posted on October 14th, 2015 | No Comments »

Water Innovation: The Evolution of Consumer Water Filtration
By Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts Blog

NanoBCA: Nano News – Summer Edition

Posted on September 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Hope you are enjoying your summer.  It has been a busy time for the Nanotechnology Community.  I would like to share some important developments and events with you.

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NANO NEWS

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company News
- HZO, Announces Partnerships with Dell and Motorola
- Agbiome, Secures $34.5 Million Series B Financing
- Bridgelux, Enters into Agreement to Be Acquired by an Investment Group

Nanofilm Introduces Clarity AR Lens Cleaner for Anti-Reflective Superhydrophobic Lenses
By Lynn Lilly, Director of Communication, PEN Inc.

New Public-Private Partnerships Supported by Nanotechnology Innovations
National Nanomanufacturing Network

Using Nanotechnology to Fight Cancer
Northwestern University

Swan Chemical Announces Acquisition of Production Systems

mPower Technologies to Introduce Next Product with New Technology

What’s New with Lux?

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UPCOMING EVENTS

4th International Conference and Exhibition on Materials Science and Engineering
September 14-16, 2015
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, Orlando, Florida

SPIE Scanning Microscopies 2015
September 29 – October 1, 2015
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California

Nano Manufacturing 2015
September 30, 2015
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Greensboro, NC

Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing
NIST Workshop
October 7-8, 2015
Gaithersburg, Maryland, Building 215, Room C103 – 106

Graphene World Summit 2015
November 4-6, 2015
Barcelona, Spain

Water 2.0 Conference – Data Analytics for the Water Industry
November 18, 2015
Offices of Foley & Lardner, LLP
Washington, DC

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-402-7200 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become Individual Members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, September 17th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $150.

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Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you this fall!

Wichita State will play lead role in Water 2.0 Conference 11/18 DC

Posted on August 24th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Wichita State University’s Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI) will play a lead role at the upcoming Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference.

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Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Conference Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007-5109

The conference is spearheaded by the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF), an organization that promotes the development of water technologies and innovations. ATAI is a co-sponsor of the event with companies such as GE, Duke Energy and Watercura®.

REGISTER TODAY $250
The registration fee includes lunch and a post-conference networking reception.

Water 2.0 will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Those in attendance will include water and energy industry authorities, utility professionals and representatives from the EPA.

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ATAI recently hired Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation, as a consultant to help with the institute’s impact on water and energy industries. Caprio is the conference chair for the Water 2.0 Conference and will give the opening remarks for the event.

“The collaboration between ATAI and WIAF has already yielded results,” said Caprio. “ATAI’s participation in our Water 2.0 Conference introduces them to a whole new group of water industry professionals.”

Ken Russell, Executive Director of ATAI, will also speak at the event in November and hopes to expand the conversation about the connection between water, land and energy.

“The ATAI works to bring proven technology solutions to the municipal water industry in order to help utilities work smarter and upgrade systems effectively,” said Russell. “Challenges facing the nation’s water infrastructure are extremely difficult and complex, and ATAI is dedicated to informing the public about emerging water technologies, which can play a critical role in maintaining and repairing the nation’s outdated water infrastructure.”

Before working at WSU, Russell was the director of intellectual capital and organization strategist for Cisco Systems. He is co-author of “Social Knowledge: Organizational Currencies in the New Knowledge Economy.”

Additional conference speakers include:

Chanley T. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

Christopher Peacock, Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM

Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager – Innovation Development, American Water

Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative

David Schoenberger, CIO, Secure Cloud Systems, LLC

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

Maryanne E. McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

Speaker from the FBI: Economic Espionage Program

ATAI is a key component of WSU’s Innovation University strategy. The institute promotes a practical approach to solving complex technology problems. ATAI is focused on building strong partnerships and providing applied and experiential learning opportunities for students while transforming the very way the educational experience is developed, packaged, delivered and supported. www.wichita.edu/atai

CONFERENCE HOTEL
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2000

$329 per night
Cut-off date to receive room block rate is Monday, October 26, 2105

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Looking forward to seeing you in the fall!

WIAF Selects Watercura® Portable Filter as 2015 Innovative Product

Posted on August 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) is proud to select Watercura’s portable water filter as our 2015 Innovative Product of the Year.  We have followed the evolution of this product from concept, to design of a prototype, to manufacturing.  Congratulations to Kevin McGovern and the Watercura® team for bringing this product to market.

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Watercura® Portable Water Filter

There is no other water filter in the world as effective, as the compact Watercura® Portable Water Filter. This unique, easy-to-use portable filter brings you the safest, cleanest drinking water possible.

Watercura’s advanced filtration technology not only eliminates harmful Synthetic Hormones, Pharmaceuticals, Steroids, Cadmium, Pesticides, and Pathogens — it is the only filter on the market to eliminate 99% of bacteria found in tap water every day.   This filter doesn’t just take out harmful contaminants in your water – it leaves in healthy nutrients such as calcium and magnesium.

PrintCompact in design, the Watercura® Portable Filter is small enough to go anywhere and is engineered to fit most of your drinkware, pitchers, bottles and pet supplies.  It is easy-to-grip and simple enough for anyone to use. Watercura’s unique top-fill design allows you to scoop water or fill it from virtually any source. Its innovative portable design features a large ½ liter funnel, germ resistant BPA free plastic, soft non-marking exterior grip, and a powerful replaceable filter that lasts for 150 liters. The Watercura® Portable Filter is ideal not only for home, but can travel with you too … to sporting events, work, school, gym, camping, boating, travel, etc.

Clean Water. Healthy Life. Clean water starts with Watercura®.
www.watercura.com

For further information please contact Jeff Howes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at jhowes@thewaterinitiative.com.

Kudos to Watercura® for successfully accomplishing the goal of providing portable access to clean water.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org

Speaker Announcement – Water 2.0 Conference 11/18 Washington DC

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is proud to announce the Speaker Lineup for our Water 2.0 Conference – Data Analytics for the Water Industry.

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Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Conference Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007-5109

Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.  Registration will open at 8:AM.  Lunch is included in the registration fee.  The conference will wrap-up at 5:PM followed by networking.

REGISTER TODAY – $250

Speakers for the Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference include:

Chanley T. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Applied Technology Acceleration Institute – Wichita State University

Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

Christopher Peacock, Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM

Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager – Innovation Development, American Water

Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative

David Schoenberger, CIO, Secure Cloud Systems, LLC

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

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WATER NEWS

The Conference Treadmill
By Christopher Peacock
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

California Rain Showers: Small Things Matter
By Erik Hromadka
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

Protect What You Love
By Richard Hyman
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

The Power of One: A Tall Order for Overcoming Water Shortage
By Jill Burdette
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

The Drought Comes East: All Water Is Local
By Vincent Caprio
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you on November 18th in Washington, DC.

NanoBCA Congratulates Winners of Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to congratulate the winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. “From academia to business, we congratulate those who bring innovative solutions that will help solve some of the most critical environmental problems,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “These innovations reduce the use of energy, hazardous chemicals and water, while cutting manufacturing costs and sparking investments. In some cases they turn pollution into useful products. Ultimately, these manufacturing processes and products are safer for people’s health and the environment. We will continue to work with the 2015 winners as their technologies are adopted in the marketplace.” The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners were honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The winners and their innovative technologies are:

Algenol in Fort Myers, Florida, is being recognized for developing a blue-green algae to produce ethanol and other fuels. The algae uses CO2 from air or industrial emitters with sunlight and saltwater to create fuel while dramatically reducing the carbon footprint, costs and water usage, with no reliance on food crops as feedstocks. This is a win-win for the company, the public, and the environment. It has the potential to revolutionize this industry and reduce the carbon footprint of fuel production.

Hybrid Coating Technologies/Nanotech Industries of Daly City, California, is being recognized for developing a safer, plant-based polyurethane for use on floors, furniture and in foam insulation. The technology eliminates the use of isocyanates, the number one cause of workplace asthma. This is already in production, is reducing VOC’s and costs, and is safer for people and the environment.

LanzaTech in Skokie, Illinois, is being recognized for the development of a process that uses waste gas to produce fuels and chemicals, reducing companies’ carbon footprint. LanzaTech has partnered with Global Fortune 500 Companies and others to use this technology, including facilities that can each produce 100,000 gallons per year of ethanol, and a number of chemical ingredients for the manufacture of plastics. This technology is already a proven winner and has enormous potential for American industry.

SOLTEX (Synthetic Oils and Lubricants of Texas) in Houston, Texas, is being recognized for developing a new chemical reaction process that eliminates the use of water and reduces hazardous chemicals in the production of additives for lubricants and gasoline. If widely used, this technology has the potential to eliminate millions of gallons of wastewater per year and reduce the use of a hazardous chemical by 50 percent.

Renmatix in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is being recognized for developing a process using supercritical water to more cost effectively break down plant material into sugars used as building blocks for renewable chemicals and fuels. This innovative low-cost process could result in a sizeable increase in the production of plant-based chemicals and fuels, and reduce the dependence on petroleum fuels.

Professor Eugene Chen of Colorado State University is being recognized for developing a process that uses plant-based materials in the production of renewable chemicals and liquid fuels.  This new technology is waste-free and metal-free. It offers significant potential for the production of renewable chemicals, fuels, and bioplastics that can be used in a wide range of safer industrial and consumer products.

During the 20 years of the program, EPA has received more than 1500 nominations and presented awards to 104 technologies. Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air.

An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute formally judged the 2015 submissions from among scores of nominated technologies and made recommendations to EPA for the 2015 winners. The 2015 awards event was held in conjunction with the 2015 Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference.

Please help us spread the word about the 2015 winners and their innovative technologies within your own communication channels and through social media and web.  Feel free to share this email with your contacts and repost the social media content.

* Share our Twitter post. [ https://twitter.com/EPA/status/620652522844368896 ]
* 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Award winners and share the blog. [ https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/07/american-innovators/ ]

For more information on this year’s winners and those from the last two decades, visit http://www2.epa.gov/green-chemistry

Once again, the NanoBCA is proud to congratulate our colleagues in the nanotechnology community.