Expanding the Market for Innovative Water Engineering
One of the challenges facing the bio-energy sector is its dependency on Government decision-making. Clearfleau is now part of a group of companies dedicated to the conservation and better use of one of our most undervalued natural resources: water. Our target market has been extended from bio-energy to delivery of industrial water solutions with a range of technologies.
Relief that the tortuous regulatory passage of the Renewable Heat Incentive reform was completed in May is tempered by the impact of the 18-month delay. Ministers should do more to encourage the British engineering companies they expect to deliver innovative technical solutions that will contribute to the low-carbon economy. Some isolationist politicians seem unwilling to focus on our planet’s future or the jobs being created by developing innovative solutions to issues like climate change.
For Clearfleau, working with the leading German water engineering company EnviroChemie GmbH (in part a response to the Brexit process) is a great opportunity to expand into the development of other bio-engineering technologies. EnviroChemie supplies a range of water and wastewater treatment solutions for industrial sites that we will be bringing to the UK market.
We will develop our specialist biogas technology as part of an industrial water solutions business. The food and beverage sector and other industries with a significant water footprint need to improve the efficiency of their water usage. While the smaller businesses that proliferate in the food industry must follow the example being set by global brand leaders on better resource use.
A more holistic approach to resource efficiency on industrial sites includes novel uses for process residues, such as whey from cheese-making or distillation co-products. Industrial bio-technology adds value to the fats and proteins derived from such materials and the residues are a source of bio-energy and water for re-use.
Governments are under pressure to deliver advances in carbon reduction, water conservation and decentralised bio-energy, to reduce over-exploitation of scarce resources. Despite wider political or commercial uncertainties, more businesses will undertake the transition to more water and carbon efficient production by investing in the bio-economy and bio-energy.
The UK cannot ignore the global trend for tougher environmental standards after our exit from the EU. To compete in international markets British companies will still have to comply with regulations set in Brussels or by other major trading blocks. In the UK, the renewables industry is adapting to an era with lower or even no incentives for carbon efficiency. However, manufacturing sites still need to find more cost-effective ways to treat their contaminated process waters.
Bio-technology based solutions have a vital role to play in this transition. Our collaboration with EnviroChemie will create new opportunities for the business in the UK and European markets. As more food processors seek to limit their water use or exploit the latent energy value of their process residues, there will be increasing pressure to invest in the novel bio-engineering solutions that Clearfleau can provide.