Xerox Research Centre of Canada helps GreenCentre Canada with a technology to produce fresh water

Author: XRCC
Posted on: Tue, 28 Jun 2016

Drought and water shortages around the globe are accelerating the need for new approaches to water purification.

Researchers at innovation hub GreenCentre Canada recently created a new, economical approach to desalinate water, spinning out a new company called Forward Water Technologies (FWT). But the effort needed scale-up, pilot testing and developmental support to accelerate commercialization efforts, so the innovation hub for up-and-coming green technologies turned to the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Mississauga, Ontario.

“We’ve accelerated the process by 18 to 24 months compared to a traditional venture capital journey,” said C. Howie Honeyman, CEO of Forward Water Technologies, and the former CTO of GreenCentre. “We’ve saved at least $2.5 million by having access to the depth of Xerox RCC as a whole, tapping into their strong chemical engineering and process design capabilities as needed, without having to create our own.”

Housed within the Xerox facility, FWT is able to demonstrate to investors — using strong engineering principles — that the technology they’re developing has strong economic viability.

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