Countries and cities around the world are competing to play host to the world’s most innovative sustainable water companies
The technocrats of Masdar could hardly be accused of a lack of ambition. The seven-year-old city in Abu Dhabi, which aims to be the world’s first zero-carbon city, aspires also to be a global centre of excellence for innovative clean-tech water companies.
“Masdar can be the Silicon Valley of water,” says Mohammed El Ramahi, Masdar’s head of utilities and asset management. He is certain that this part of the Middle East can be to water what California is to the microchip.
With predictions that the water tech industry – covering desalination, purification, recycling, rainwater collection and hydro-electricity – will be worth $1tn by 2020, it is perhaps no surprise that Abu Dhabi wants in on the action.
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