Access to clean water is not only a human right – it’s a matter of life and death. However, as the world collectively struggles to solve the global water challenges they continue to grow in size and complexity.
This leaves us with a huge challenge, but also opens a gap in the market – which means that solutions addressing this grave situation will both benefit mankind and provide a significant business opportunity.
We believe biology is the key that could unlock these opportunities – and ultimately, maybe even revolutionize the current market for water recycling.
The hard facts are harder than ever
As the world’s population grows, with increasing urbanization, the high freshwater demand and wastewater discharge are co-located. Unfortunately, more and more so.
The hard facts are that water scarcity and quality deterioration are increasing in many regions of the world.
Today, only 1% of the Earth’s water is usable freshwater – and that number is shrinking! One out of every seven people does not have adequate access to safe water. And nearly one in four do not have access to adequate sanitation.
We need to take collective action.
Two great minds are better than one
Novozymes supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and envisions a sustainable world with eco-friendly biological solutions.
However, we strongly recognize the need for collaboration and new inputs to address the huge challenges in global wastewater handling! Thus we seek collaboration – with academia, start-ups and companies – for technological and commercial development in the following fields:
Wastewater resource utilization with C/N/P efficiently recovered
Dewatering of sludge and sludge reduction approaches combining biological solutions
Defouling of membranes and biofilm control in general in a more gentle and eco-friendly way
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