As part of NEL’s drive to address flow measurement challenges across all industries, a horizon-scanning study has commenced to look at the issues that are facing the water industry, both now and in the future.
“One of the key features of this work will be linking up new technology developers to the facilities and expertise provided by the National Measurement Infrastructure,” says Operation Director, Mark Roscoe. “This will be done to help accelerate technology research and up-take in the water industry.”
“Schemes such as A4I (Analysis for innovators), which NEL is involved with, provide such a linkage alongside practical support,” Mark adds. “I would encourage technology owners to contact us if they need support in resolving measurement challenges or if they need access to a range of extensive flow facilities for testing.”
The importance of the horizon-scanning study was underlined at a recent Hydro Nation Water Innovation Services (NWIS) event in Glasgow. This event brought water industry professionals and organisations together to explore how fostering innovation could support the Hydro Nation Strategy, which aims to support innovative businesses in Scotland to create and grow sustainable solutions for the global water and wastewater sector.
“The event highlighted the challenges in the sector,” said Mark, who attended on behalf of NEL. “It also underlined the fact that, as the UK primary standard for flow measurement, we are ideally positioned to work in partnership with technology developers who want to bring innovation into the water industry.”
The water industry’s recent Manifesto for Water shows the potential scope for work. It outlines plans that the UK water sector will be investing in the region of £50bn between 2020 and 25 to improve services and to bring in technology and innovations to address issues such as water leakage and environmental improvement.
NWIS was established by the Scottish Government through Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The organisation works particularly with SMEs, and supports them along the innovation path to commercialisation.
For more details, contact Mark Roscoe.