Rising demand for clean water globally is the promising background for Massachusetts' drive to build up and coordinate its still small water-technology sector. The proposed New England Water Innovation Network would link companies, laboratories and various water facilities to foster innovation and development. "If we could have access to real-world scale, actual test beds, we could do a lot better job preparing new technologies for market cheaper and faster," says Per Suneby, president of BioConversion Solutions, a waste-to-energy firm.

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