FOUR-STEP VALIDATION PROCESS
The Current Demonstration program rigorously evaluates the scientific, engineering and economic fundamentals of new water technologies. Current assess operational and financial performance to determine if technologies are likely to deliver the expected value to investors and customers (utilities, industrial water users).
PILOT TESTING AND DEMONSTRATION
Current pilots promising technologies with sound engineering and economic fundamentals through our technology test-bed network. The network includes utility and industrial sites that host technology pilots and demonstrations, including the world’s largest water filtration plant and wastewater treatment plant located in Chicago.
Current Demonstration is open to both U.S. and international companies, including pre-revenue early-stage innovators as well as growth-stage and mature companies, seeking pilot and demo opportunities to assist with validation and commercialization.
CURRENT DEMONSTRATION DELIVERS:
Current's validation platform de-risks innovation for utilities, industrial water users, technology acquirers, and investors to enable technology development, deployment, investment and acquisition.
Current speeds technology commercialization and lowers product development costs for innovations that deliver better economics, quality, and environmental performance.
ENHANCED DEAL FLOW & FINANCING
Validating technology solutions through Current enhances deal flow by allowing end-users and investors to better understand the market potential and business case of water innovations.
Current's network of pilot and demonstration sites includes world-class public utilities, commercial/industrial facilities, national labs and universities. Current’s test-bed sites support both early stage proof-of-concepts and at-scale field-testing of growth stage technologies.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC)
The District owns and operates the world’s largest water reclamation plant (Stickney), six additional plants and 22 pumping stations. MWRDGC runs a biosolids program, supports green stormwater infrastructure, generates its own energy and recovers other organic resources. Click here to see a full list of MWRD facilities.
City of Chicago Department of
The City operates the world’s largest surface water treatment plant and purifies about a billion gallons of water per day. In addition to treatment needs, the City’s water distribution system and sewer collection system are also managed by the City's Department of Water Management.
Downers Grove Sanitation District
The Sanitation District operates one treatment plant with 11 million gallon per day (MGD) to 22 MGD (average to maximum flow) capacity and excess flow facilities with 88 MGD additional wet weather capacity. The treatment process includes single stage nitrification activated sludge, disinfection, anaerobic digestion, co-digestion of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and combined heat and power facilities for energy recovery from digester gas.
EJ Water Cooperative
EJ Water is a top innovating water co-op dedicated to customer experience and growing small communities. Founded in 1989, EJ Water is now the fastest growing regional water system in rural Illinois. Since their humble beginnings, they have grown into a 13 county regional system and have over 3,000 miles of main. Their service area is over 2,500 square miles, serving a population of over 60,000 people.
APPLY TO CURRENT DEMONSTRATION
JOIN THE CURRENT DEMONSTRATION
Current is seeking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities as well as industrial water users across industry types to join the Current Demonstration Site Network.
By joining, you become a partner in the technology validation and commercialization process by offering innovators the opportunity to pilot test or demonstrate their technology in a
real-world setting at your facility.