A knowledge-sharing and mission showcase platform that may help the UK water sector with its innovation ambitions has launched.
The Data Switch Service, from water innovation accelerator Spring, gives a central financial institution of knowledge and case research about initiatives and trials, in addition to a programme of reside showcase occasions to discover classes learnt. The providing additionally offers utilities entry to 26 world case research from new companion WaterStart, a non-profit that has been fixing challenges via innovation for utilities and different massive shoppers of water for nearly a decade.
Rebecca Shanahan, WaterStart director, mentioned: “We’re thrilled that Spring reached out to WaterStart to help of their mission of accelerating innovation and data sharing all through the UK water sector. We stay up for working with the workforce at Spring and sharing classes discovered with UK utilities from these going through comparable challenges throughout the globe.”
Spring is devoted to water sector transformation via innovation and collaboration. It was launched in 2021 and is backed by all UK and Irish water and wastewater firms. Its Data Switch Service is organised round seven themes inside the sector’s Water Innovation 2050 technique.
Spring’s programme of finest follow webinars will see utility mission groups current their innovation initiatives.
The platform’s first showcase was delivered by SES Water on 28 June 2022 and targeted on the corporate’s good community mission, iDMA. Challenge companions joined the occasion, which included a reside on-the-ground expertise demonstration and recorded interviews with management room workers.
Jeremy Heath, SES Water innovation supervisor, mentioned: “Spring’s Data Switch Service is an excellent approach of sharing findings, and we have been delighted to steer its first showcase webinar.
“Chopping reside to web site for a demo of our leak options was daring, nevertheless it actually held folks’s curiosity as they may see the expertise working in real-time. I’m actually eager that we work collectively as a sector on innovation, with out duplication of effort. I hope we’ve given firms a blueprint to observe on the subject of data sharing.”
Talking after the showcase, SES Water’s chief govt Ian Cain mentioned: “We’re at all times in search of methods we will collaborate inside the trade, and Spring is a wonderful platform that enables us to do that. By sharing our successes and, in fact, what didn’t work, we will affect a constructive change within the trade.
“We now have an amazing alternative right here and Carly Perry and her workforce have labored with trade colleagues to place in place a powerful collaborative course of. It’s vital we study from each other and seize this chance.
“I’m excited to see how Spring may also help us work as one to guard this valuable useful resource, enhance our service and make a constructive influence on the setting.”
Incentives to share
Ofwat’s PR24 draft methodology for the 2024 value assessment was printed on 7 July 2022, proposing a brand new strategy to supply larger rewards to any firm that ‘exceptionally pushes the boundaries on efficiency supplied that’s shares the data gained with the remainder of the sector’.
Spring managing director Carly Perry mentioned: “With Ofwat setting out new incentives round info sharing, that is the proper time for the Spring Data Switch Service to launch and begin scaling.
“Boosting our providing to water firms is our thrilling partnership with WaterStart, which permits utilities entry to a library of information from the worldwide water neighborhood. By collaborating and sharing data and concepts, the water sector can ship higher worth for purchasers, higher outcomes for society and the setting and help a extra sustainable sector.
“If you’re a provider, who has labored on a mission with a water firm, and needs to share the case research, please get in contact with us and we are going to share the method. Additionally, maintain an eye fixed out for future showcase info on our LinkedIn web page.
“I’d encourage everybody within the sector to register to the Spring platform to get entry to the case research.”
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