15) Water treatment in China: present status and innovative demands

China’s economy is currently transforming from speed-growth to quality-growth. In recent years, China has increased its focus and efforts towards combating water pollution control. Multiple technologies have been developed to treat domestic and industrial wastewater, and the country now owns the world’s second-highest sewage processing capacity. However, there are still innovative demands in the areas such as refractory industrial wastewater treatment, resource recovery from sewage and micro-pollutant removal. Meanwhile, the concept WWTPs showcase the ambitious undertaking with the pursuits of sustainable water quality, energy self-sufficiency, resources recovery and be environmentally friendliness. These provide opportunities of research collaborations and business e.g. exporting know-how water technology and engineering services for advanced European institutions and enterprises.


Song Gao, Jiangsu (Yixing) Institute of Environmental Industry:
In the presentation, the innovative trends and practical cases of water treatment industry in China will be introduced, including equipment manufacturing, process innovation and big data platform development. The intentional cooperation between Chinese entrepreneurs and European companies will also be discussed.

Changmin Wu, CSD Water Service Co. Ltd:
The following contents will be included in the presentation: 1. Brief introduction about CSD and WWTP concept; 2. The framework of R&D strategy of CSD; 3. The pursuit of technical excellence about the WWTP Concept; 4. The technical remands beyond the WWTP Concept of CSD.

Chunyan Chai, Dajiang Environment Corporation:
China has been also recognized as the biggest market for water and wastewater treatment in the world, which is estimated to be worth of 5 trillion Chinese Yuan during 2016-2020, in particular with smart water market exceeding 100 billion Yuan. Therefore, there is a huge technology demand on innovative technology from Chinese market. Technology innovation is the process involving multiple stakeholders, including research institutes, governments, industry, investors and lawyers. Since the ultimate goal for technology innovation is commercialization and application, there always is the gap on technology development from pilot scale to full scale, in order to verify the technology in the real world context. With the case studies on water technology innovation, we found that there are two key issues for building up the ecosystem for innovations: one is the demonstration project, and the other is the professional team who can provide services in the demonstration phase and commercialization phase.

Shaoxian Zhang, Vision and Action:
China is a big country, and has tremendous environmental issues to address. The market is huge, but it is challenging to enter, and even more challenging to be successful, especially for small and medium international cleantech enterprises. We have been cooperating with a number of European technical companies to establish business successfully in China. Our practices validate a simple but effective model: always start with identifying specific challenges in China which are often huge and more complex; and fit/modify your products/solutions to well match the identified challenges by taking care of the local circumstances and economics constrains; what equally important is to find a reliable and capable local partner who is very much the key for development in every stage; the last but not the least is your visionary entrepreneurship which will support you to overcome many challenging moments. This presentation will elaborate more on this formula with some concrete examples of local challenges and case studies.



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