Crystal Lagoons’ key to success

6 July, 2016 / News
Fernando Fischmann director Fraunhofer original

Fernando Fischmann has always wanted to build and maintain massive volumes of turquoise water in crystal-clear state that reminds oneself of the Caribbean.

Thanks to his vast academic background in Biochemistry, he was able to develop a disrupting technology, capable of filtrate large volumes of water. With this technology he was able to build his first lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar, in Algarrobo. The lagoon is one kilometer long, and it contains 250 million liters of water. It held the record for the World’s biggest man-made lagoon for many years.

Nowadays, Crystal Lagoons, the company founded by Fernando Fischmann, boasts projects alike in the U.S., Australia, Indonesia, Egypt, Dubai, Chile, Colombia, Brazil. Crystal Lagoons totalizes 13 branch offices in the five continents, and it boasts 300 urban, touristic, public and industrial projects worldwide – in different development stages – in 60 countries.

Innovation is the key concept for its success. Javiera de la Cerda, Crystal Lagoons’ Innovation and Development Director, points out that “innovation is in Crystal Lagoons’ DNA”. This is what has enabled the company “to constantly develop new technologies, beyond the leisure lagoons”.

Mr. Fischmann, a science man, boasts a portfolio with over 1.000 patents worldwide, Javiera de la Cerda says.

Constant innovation is possible given that “Crystal Lagoons invests nearly 30% of its revenue in I+D”, the director says. “Fernando Fischmann is the one who comes up with new ideas for applications and developments, which then are evaluated in terms of technical and economic feasibility. After that they go into development to be finally patent-protected”, she explains.

Inside the company there is a department especially devoted to developments. It is composed by a multidisciplinary team lead by Fernando Fischmann himself, which in in charge of the development of new technologies and innovation systems.

“These innovations have been producing technology-related patents. This is what has allowed us to grow from just a single project seven years ago, to over 300 Crystal Lagoons’ projects in 60 countries”, de la Cerda states.

To work together with some research institutions is something that is also part of the company’s philosophy. For an entire year, Crystal Lagoons and the University of California at Berkeley trained Chilean entrepreneurs in technological exportation methods. “We are always working with different educational institutions. In order to bring big cities to human scale and to improve the quality of life in them, we are working side by side with the Global Organizations (GO)-Lab team, from the Sloan School of Management, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in order to bring public lagoons to the masses all over the world.

“Our history has demonstrated that countries which economies mostly depend on commodities exports get left behind in terms of innovation. However, it is important to underline that high levels of development in countries are closely linked to innovation”, de la Cerca states.

Crystal Lagoons is an international innovation company, founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, which has developed a patent-protected technology that allows the construction and maintenance of unlimited-size crystal clear lagoons at very low costs.

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