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SUBJECT: Climate CoLab Judging Results
Proposal: A self-sustaining structure to address energy-water nexus for urban communities
Contest: Energy-Water Nexus
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2015 Climate CoLab Judges
The idea of setting up innovation labs is an intriguing one. In particular, we liked the idea of developing an innovation ecosystem in this space and locating it within the community. The topic is interesting and the proposed mechanism is an appealing approach to promote actions in the water and energy nexus at the city level.
A case example would benefit this proposal greatly. There seems to be a lot of deferred responsibility in this proposal. There is little to no discussion about political or policy challenges. This proposal is too broad and is somewhat assuming. There are no proposal costs. The challenges that need to be faced are not described. In particular, more detail is needed to address the practical realities of raising venture funding, its governance, and the quantification of benefits. It should be noted that BMGF is interested in Sanitation, not water. Also, the foundation angle of MRI and PRI is a good thing, but the real issue is getting market acceptance of the technologies.
Private money is available, but the market willingness to buy new tech is the problem, especially considering regulatory issues. There is a big push towards Public Private Partnerships (P3) for funding things like green infrastructure and other innovative technologies in the water space.
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