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Profiting From the Highly Fragmented Water Industry


Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time:
11:00 am EST

Recent high profile flame-outs from some of the world’s top water companies have spooked the industry. Private industry struggles to find profit in a “highly fragmented” market are driven by perverse regulation and deep-seated conservatism. Drinking water plants across town from each other can require entirely different technologies, hurting economies of scale, while most industrial and municipal users are small and difficult to reach. Yet the industry remains a $600 billion opportunity that holds hidden gems, with revolutionary technologies in treatment, monitoring, and reuse.

This webinar will:

  • Map the value chain across the water space
  • Compare successful and catastrophic business models at some of the world’s largest water companies
  • Guide you toward profitable opportunities


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Taking the Next Step: The Growing Production of Bio-Based Chemical Intermediates Enables New Opportunities


Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time:
11:00 am EST

The basic science of bio-based materials and chemicals has advanced to the point that dozens of chemicals can now be produced from multiple feedstocks, at costs that are competitive with petroleum – at least in theory – and at scale. The first wave of companies are proving out their processes and scaling up to commercial production capacities. As these companies ramp up output, their bio-based chemical “intermediates” – those chemicals that travel down the value chain to produce coatings, plastics, detergents, and more – will enable a wide variety of new opportunities for downstream producers. Bio-based acids, olefins, and alcohols will become feedstocks, fueling the next wave of bio-based products, such as bio-nylon, bio-based PET, and bio-based polyurethane.

This webinar will:
  • Outline production capacity growth of bio-based chemical intermediates from 2005 to 2013 and forecasted capacity to 2017
  • Move down the value chain and highlight opportunities for converting these chemical intermediate feedstocks into products
  • Assess the key established and top emerging players


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Solar, Internet, Telephones, and Tulips: How to Sniff out Profits in the Recovering Solar Industry


Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time:
11:00 am EDT

Solar’s boom-bust cycle is over and recovery is in sight, but how the market evolves from here is still somewhat uncertain. As installers increasingly view PV panels as commodities, critics suggest that innovation no longer has a place, citing failing thin-film, concentrating PV, and concentrating solar power companies.

This webinar will:

  • Outline the solar industry’s boom, bust, and recovery and where it stands today
  • Look back to the past at the likes of dotcoms, telecoms – and yes, tulips – to tell us what might be in store for the future of solar innovation
  • Connect the dots and delineate how companies can use this knowledge to target strategies that will drive profits

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