BlueTech methods mitigate the causes of climate change by making efficient use of water, thereby making efficient use of energy, reducing fossil fuel extraction (thereby reducing water usage still further) and reducing the release of pollutants like CO2 and mercury into the atmosphere and water supply.
TaKaDu, who we’ve written about previously, recently announced they’ve partnered with Schneider Electric, a global energy management giant.
The partnership exposes TaKaDu to Schneider Electric’s customers in more than 100 countries, where TaKaDu will be deployed to identify inefficiencies in water management in an effort to reduce energy usage.
We must either efficiently repair our infrastructure using smart water management technologies to identify weaknesses, or increasingly decentralize the water complex.
It’s been a great year for the Smart Grid. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, analysts, journalists, and regulators can’t stop talking about it. Experts are competing to project greater market potential. Zpryme puts the Smart Appliance market alone at $15.2bn by 2015, Lux Research talks about $15.8bn, Cisco estimates theoverall opportunity at $100bn and Pike research uses a whopping $200bn figure.
Giants like Cisco and IBM have set aside billions to fund Smart Grid activities. The US government has kept up, allocating hefty tax credits and incentives for Smart Grid development, with $3.4bn from the stimulus bill granted to 100 smart-grid initiatives last October. VCs are investing heavily, as these three lists show. But while we anticipate the first Smart Grid IPO (market-permitting) from Silver Spring Networks, we’ve got to wonder out loud: Why isn’t water being served at this party?
Smart water is a win-win opportunity: jumpstart a new industry, increase water quality, reduce energy usage and carbon emissions, increase national security and prevent tragedies, all while saving billions of dollars now and hundreds of billions of dollars in the long run.
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