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Ottawa cleantech firm cleans up in India

Clearford partners with Engineers India Limited


August 11, 2011
by Erika Beauchesne

OTTAWA—An engineering firm in India is teaming up with Ottawa-based Clearford Industries Inc. to provide water management solutions in the country’s developing regions.

Clearford Industries has developed a watertight small diameter wastewater collection system called Small Bore Sewer.

Engineers India Limited (EIL), an engineering firm headquartered in New Delhi, has entered into a memorandum of intention to use Clearford’s technology in an initial five projects. The systems include water treatment to re-claim standards and bio-gas conversion to electricity.

Bruce Linton, CEO of Clearford, says the system could be deployed in India by the end of this year.

After two decades of developing and deploying the system here in Canada, it would be the first international application.

The technology was born out of a challenge hosted by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to create a cheaper and more sustainable wastewater management systems for communities in need.

The company’s first system was deployed in North Bay, Ont. Since then, it has filed 26 patents and serviced industrial, residential and commercial clients across Canada.

The manufacturing is done in Ottawa with Clearford’s partner L-D Tool & Die, an injection molder in Kanata, the city’s west end.

“Manufacturing here isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective, but it’s in the best interest of intellectual property,” Linton says.

Much as the company is rooted in Ontario, Linton says the greatest demand for their products is in emerging markets.

“India has the biggest opportunity, not only because it has a massive population but because it has been expending on creating wealth and now that there is wealth, the next wave of spending is on environmental sustainability,” he says.

He adds there are also opportunities in areas such as Latin and South America, China and some countries in Africa, where the company is also focusing its energy.