Introducing Imagine H2O Asia Cohort 4: The Region’s Leading Water Innovators | Press releases | Asia
Thirteen companies will participate in the Singapore-based Water Acceleration and Market Access Program to address the region’s water and wastewater challenges.
The pressures facing many communities on the frontlines of the global water and climate crisis across Asia are driving bold new commitments to accelerate innovation adoption. India has pledged to meet 20% of global city water demand through wastewater reuse.
Singapore operates one of the world’s first 100% green water systems using floating solar farms. Indonesia is deploying its first digital flood management system in Jakarta this year.
In response to these incentives and opportunities, the quality and diversity of innovators committed to solving the region’s water problems is increasing. Imagine that H2O Asia Cohort 4 was no exception. Over 100 candidates, two-thirds of whom are based in Asia, applied for the Singapore-based Acceleration and Market Access Program.
Many second- and third-time water startup founders joined an equal number of founders entering the water business for the first time. As the spotlight shifts to COP27, more and more water entrepreneurs are casting themselves as a climate startup.
Covering six different countries – from Spain to the Philippines to Timor Leste – the 13 companies selected for Cohort 4 this year are tackling a range of common challenges across Asia-Pacific, including flood forecasting , cleaning of septic tanks, efficiency of wastewater treatment processes and more.
Participating companies will benefit from startup development, market access and an expanded pool of pilot funding resources over the next twelve months. Additionally, as a lifecycle partner, all Cohort 4 companies will then join a growing alumni network of 175 startups who continue to receive support from Imagine H2O to help them deploy and scale. develop their solutions.
Led by Imagine H2O, Imagine H2O Asia is supported by Founding Partner Enterprise Singapore as well as Veolia, Xylem, Kurita, Kubota, PUB, SWA, World Bank and AfDB.
Meet our 13 finalists:
Unbilled water and leak detection
Teredo Analytics (Singapore)
Event-based anomaly detection system using acoustic monitoring technology, with applications in inspecting pipelines as well as water treatment plant machinery to identify leaks and machine faults. Four projects underway in Singapore, with approximately 100,000 liters of water saved and $280,000 in savings through equipment monitoring and accident prevention.
Solinas Integrity (India)
Suite of robotic solutions including semi-automated septic tank cleaning robots that homogenize hard sludge to create a pumpable sludge to minimize human interaction with waste. The system can reach tank depths between 5 and 7 m and reduce the size of the slurry particles to 40-50 mm.
Createch 360 (Spain)
Advanced process control solutions that optimize processes in wastewater treatment plants and ensure effluent quality compliance throughout the plant’s lifecycle. The process intelligence platform includes self-customization features and is hosted locally on site using a PC server. Up to 50% aeration energy savings and up to 40% reduction in chemical usage. Over 150 global installations, with 9 projects in Asia in the past two years.
Water and wastewater treatment
Electricity and water (UK)
A modular, patented sono-electrochemical treatment process that combines the power of ultrasound and electrolysis to directly treat passivation and reduce energy consumption, while demonstrating lower costs than liquid chemicals for electro- coagulation. Secure commercial contracts in the municipal and industrial sector, including O&G, construction and aquaculture in the UK. Ongoing projects in carbon capture by AOP with utilities in Asia and the United States.
Biomimetic Hollow Fiber Reverse Osmosis Membranes (Aquaporin Free) that use Bioprogrammable Membrane (BPM) Technology to dramatically increase flow rate by 3x, meet effluent quality and improve fouling resistance. Several pilot projects in Singapore have demonstrated 50% savings in energy consumption and over 80% reduction in chemical cleaning due to reduced maintenance requirements.
New nanofiltration type forward osmosis membrane technology demonstrating superior water flux and salt removal efficiency compared to conventional FO membranes. Looking to scale technology for industrial production with a focus on the textile, tannery and fermentation industries.
Digitization of operations
Similar (East Timor)
End-to-end solution that digitizes rural water management systems by deploying sensors, collecting data on flow, levels, water quality, etc., and generating insights that can municipalities to monitor community water resources and supply. Two ongoing projects in Timor Leste.
Digital knowledge companion that integrates institutional SOPs, workforce insights, and field reports to generate insights into day-to-day operations problem solving, troubleshooting, and incident management through a platform of Conversational AI.
Predictive solution for operations and management teams looking to reduce energy consumption in buildings and facilities through holistic monitoring, diagnosis and anomaly detection using data.
Resilience and climate adaptation
Climate risk decision support tool that integrates multiple weather datasets with local environmental data to generate accurate, customizable, community-specific information and alarms for better climate adaptation and resilience. Several projects in the Philippines and India in collaboration with local governments for disaster risk management, as well as in various sectors including energy, agriculture, transport and banking.
Ekatvam Innovations (India)
Community-level water governance tool that collates and integrates locally collected data on groundwater levels, crop water intensity, and satellite imagery to inform climate adaptation strategy for community-led projects. NGOs in villages across India.
Biorenewable Ossus (India)
Combined electrical and biological process in a new single reactor producing green hydrogen directly on site from waste carbon from effluent or wastewater. The reactors are autonomously controlled, easily adaptable to existing plants and their capacity can be increased. Applications in the steel, oil and gas, chemical and textile industries. A pilot set up in India with a steelmaker recycled 97% of the effluents and produced 0.5 kg of gaseous hydrogen from 200 L of effluents per day.
Water quality monitoring
IOT-enabled electrochemical sensors for on-site contaminant profiling, early detection and information for industries. Currently available to profile heavy metals and VOCs with plans to increase the suite and profiling capabilities.