Establishment of the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme for water innovation

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The Department of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Water Research Commission, has established the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme to pull together the applied R&D and commercialisation stages of the water innovation continuum.

 
Vision

To bridge the gap between water research and the market to achieve a connected water innovation system that delivers socio-economic benefits for South Africa.

 
Mission

To facilitate high-level, collaborative technology demonstrators to maximise the potential of the water innovation value chain.

 

Demonstrations will serve to assess the performance, installation procedures, operations, and maintenance attributes (among other things) of water technologies. The information from these demonstrations will be made publically available to help consumers make informed decisions about the technologies, promote market awareness and confidence, attract potential funders, speed-up technology adoption, communicate gaps in research, and help South African researchers and technology developers/manufacturers legitimise the performance of their products

As a facilitator the Programme will drive the following:
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Build a pipeline of water technology demonstrators for potential commercialisation;

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Promote early adoption of innovative water technologies;

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Leverage funds and other resources to support technology demonstrators;

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Centralised coordination of funding and other resources for technology demonstrators;

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The establishment and maintenance of relevant guidelines and tools for technology demonstrations and technology assessments;

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Build multi-sectoral and cross-disciplinary relationships and networks with and among various role-players;

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Promote the post-demonstration ‘ownership’ of successful demonstrators to help ensure market deployment/commercial sustainability;

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The assessment of inbound and local technologies to determine their ‘fit-for-purpose’;

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Information sharing and knowledge transfer;

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The promotion of water entrepreneurship and skills development in the water technologies space; and,

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Institutionalise WADER to support optimisation and sustainability of the water innovation continuum.



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