Mapal wastewater system 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Mapal)
An Israeli developer of advanced water purification systems will next week
install its technology in an English wastewater treatment plant in the country’s
Midlands, after signing a contract to do so earlier this
Haifa-based Mapal Green Energy will be bringing its floating
aeration system into a municipal wastewater treatment plant in Stanbridgeford,
north of London, run by Anglian Water. Based on the success of this first
installation, Mapal will have the opportunity to upgrade many of the 1,000 waste
water treatment plants owned by Anglian Water, which provides water to 6 million
customers in the region. The goal is to implement Mapal’s floating, fine-bubble
aeration system to significant reduce energy consumption as well as operation
and maintenance costs of the plants, according to the firm.
bridges between Israeli companies like Mapal and British water companies enables
the British water industry to cut its emissions and significant energy costs,”
said Yoni Dolgin, Cleantech Manager of the UK-Israel Tech Hub. “Looking
internationally, British firms – SMEs and larger infrastructure companies – can
gain a global competitive advantage by partnering with Israeli water companies
who have deep technical expertise in areas such as wastewater treatment,
desalination, precision agriculture, and IT solutions for water
The UK-Israel Tech Hub, an initiative based at the British embassy in Israel, has long supported Mapal’s penetration into the British
market, the company said.
Mapal has been involved with the British
Foreign Office’s TouchDown program, which helps companies from abroad develop
their activities in Great Britain.
In this process, Mapal has now
officially established a UK subsidiary called Mapal UK, and has become one of
only two Israeli cleantech firms to operate in the British market.
second is the company Takadu, which provides a software solution for detecting
leakage in the aging British water infrastructure.
Mapal initially raised
£1.7 million from British investors toward establishing the subsidiary, and has
now completed raising an additional £1.5 million, the company said.
Concurrently, Mapal is in advanced negotiations with a second leading UK water
utility, which also operates hundreds of wastewater treatment
Because the British water market is a private one, Mapal
executives feel that the company’s technologies are particularly attractive to
this sector, according to CEO Zeev Fisher.
“These private entities have a
greater incentive to find methods and new technologies to reduce their operation
and maintenance costs, mainly the energy costs in the aeration process, and to
improve their profitability, as they are rigorously regulated by the government
in both water quality effluent and prices,” Fisher said.