(CWT) is a research and development planning firm that provides strategic
risk management services for development projects in the United States
and abroad. Our offices in Wisconsin and Florida support foreign research
and development in the following areas:
CWT was organized
by members with over 25 years of experience in financial management
of development projects in the United States and foreign countries.
CWT and Advisory Board members provide development finance services
for technology transfers. CWT facilitates collaborative research. Strategic
alliances are formed with financial, legal and technical firms in the
U.S. and other countries, combining the expertise of scientists, physicians,
economists, accountants, investment bankers, attorneys, engineers, and
other technical experts. The extent of participation of each firm and
individual varies according to the need of the particular project.
Research Projects (with
Valley Water Management Project: Honduras
CWT researched conditions
in Honduras' Sula Valley to create a comprehensive plan for water
management in an area historically prone to severe flooding. In addition
to loss of human life, the region's periodic floods caused considerable
damage to infrastructure and the regional economy. In 1996, floods
affected 13,447 families and damaged 8,000 cultivated hectares of
land. Proper water management presented the possibility of land recuperation
and protection of life and property. In addition to these benefits,
dams were also designed for two sites, Los Llanitos and El Tablon,
to generate hydroelectric energy. By combining flood protection, land
reclamation for agriculture, and energy development, the plan addressed
the safety and economic needs of multiple users of the valley.
Avian Waterways: Wisconsin
Avian Waterways is a
proposed regional water management project in Germantown, Wisconsin.
The project is designed to direct water flow into a large basin,
simplifying water management infrastructure for the surrounding
area. The Avian Waterways design also focuses on incorporating the
new wetland into preexisting woodland, providing a nature area attractive
both to residents of nearby property and to birds and other local
Dead-Red Water Management Project: Middle East
Llanitos Hydroelectric Power Project: Honduras
The $300 million Los
LLanitos Hydroelectric Power Project was a large-scale water energy
development project planned for the Ulua River upstream of Honduras'
Sula Valley, a key region in the economy producing ~60% of the national
GDP. The plant was specified for a capacity between 94 and 135 MW.
CWT's research indicated an optimal design of a roller compacted
concrete design at 145 m height and 870 m width. In addition to
engineering research, CWT was also critical in financial research
for the feasibility and pre-feasibility stages. The Los Llanitos
project became a priority project for the Honduran Government (Article
1, Numeral 8 of Resolution No. 179-96). As part of the Sula Valley
Water Management Plan, the dam was designed to provide economic
benefits through effective flood control and energy development
while maintaining a low environmental profile.
El Tablon Hydroelectric Power Project: Honduras
The $100 million El Tablon
Hydroelectric Power Project was a large-scale water energy development
project planned for the Chamelecon River upstream of Honduras' Sula
Valley, a key region in the economy producing ~60% of the national
GDP. The plant was specified for a capacity between 34.07 MW. CWT's
research indicated an optimal design of a roller compacted concrete
design at 54 m height and 264 m width. In addition to engineering
research, CWT was also critical in financial research for the feasibility
and pre-feasibility stages. The El Tablon project became a priority
project for the Honduran Government (Article 1, Numeral 8 of Resolution
No. 179-96). As part of the Sula Valley Water Management Plan, El
Tablon was designed to bring economic developments to improve the
regional economy of the Sula Valley in a manner sensitive to the
needs of Valley users and the local environment.
& Development Finance Project: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Tower" Collaboration: Israel
The Energy Tower is a
potentially revolutionary device that makes use of the properties
of a hot, dry desert climate to create electricity and desalinate
water. The tower uses water to cool air at the top of the tower.
This dense, moist air then moves throught the tower at high speeds,
creating an air current that can be used to run turbines, creating
electricity and drawing water up to the top of the tower to continue
the cycle. At the bottom of the tower, water, now desalinated is
condensed from the airsteam. The tower, which represents both an
environmentally friendly energy source as well as a desalination
technology several times more efficient than current osmotic methods,
has great potential in Israel and other areas faced with the challenging
water and energy needs of desert regions.
Agriculture and Technology Transfer:
Export Development: Haiti and the Dominican Republic
CW Technologies conducted
research on export agricultural development in the Caribbean to
reduce the US processor's risks caused by single sourcing products
from Mexico. CWT facilitated the collaboration of University of
Wisconsin scientists, US processors, and vegetable growers in Haiti
and the Dominican Republic. The collaborators determined profitable
strategies for export production of processing cucumbers to the
refrigerated fresh-pack market. CWT arranged complex technology
transfers to support large-scale cucumber production as well as
systems to control quality during thousands of miles of transport
and create high-paying jobs for local growers.
Production, Processing and Export: Guatemala, Wisconsin and Saudi
Irrigation Technology Transfer: Israel, Japan and the Caribbean
LeafSen Irrigation Systems Ltd.
Irrigation Systems produces a unique device for irrigation, designed
to sense precisely when a plant is short on water. By transferring
extremely fine changes in leaf thickness into electronic output, LeafSen's
sensors can be used as ultrafine controls for irrigation system. The
LeafSen technology is especially effective when applied to fruit and
vegetable crops, which are particularly vulnerable to fluctuations
in water level. Precision water management by the LeafSen system ensures
that crops are never too dry or too wet and results in improved yield
and reduced water consumption.