About Fernando Fischmann
Fernando is an influential scientist, innovator, and entrepreneur, whose technologies are generating high impact worldwide. As a scientist, and with a background in biochemistry, Fernando has developed and patented several technologies that have brought about changes in people’s lifestyle around the world, with a portfolio of more than 1,500 patents in 190 countries globally.
The main focus of the technologies developed by Fernando has been to purify water with minimal use of chemicals and energy, and the first application of this technology has enabled to build and maintain very large crystal clear lagoons for recreational purposes such as bathing, swimming, and practicing aquactic sports, at very low costs. Over the years, he has continued to develop and patent several new technologies for the treatment of large water bodies for recreational and ornamental uses, which he has been applying to new projects worldwide. The different technologies for the low-cost treatment of large water bodies have completely changed people’s lifestyles by bringing idyllic beach life and white sand beaches to any place in the world. Today, his company, Crystal Lagoons, participates in 600 projects in different stages of development or negotiation in 60 countries around the world.
Fernando’s focus has also been to work on public lagoon projects that will change the urban way of life as we know it, revitalizing and transforming entire neighborhoods of cities located far from the sea, by bringing beach life and giving many people around the world the opportunity to have access to a lifestyle that was previously unimaginable.
Furthermore, Fernando has continued to develop new applications, one of his latest innovations are floating lagoons, which consist of proprietary floating lagoon structures that are located and installed within larger water bodies and connected to land through floating decks and bridges, which completely change the local context by creating beach life without the use of land. It should be noted that today, there are 50 million water bodies in the world that are not used for recreational purposes due to poor water quality or aesthetics, which could be completely revitalized by including a crystal clear floating lagoon.
Fernando is now putting his scientific efforts towards developing a wide variety of industrial applications that enable worldwide problems to be solved, such as energy and water scarcity, as well as environmental degradation. The first industrial application was the sustainable cooling of industrial processes, providing a sustainable and low cost alternative to currently used systems such as once-through cooling sytems (that use the sea in an open system) and cooling towers (which have high energy and water consumption). The San Isidro Sustainable Cooling Lagoon was the first sustainable cooling lagoon in the world, and was part of a combined cycle power plant owned by Endesa (a subsidiary of Enel from Italy). Furthermore, it is estimated that the waste heat from current power plants and other industrial facilities in the world could be up to 10 times higher than the energy produced by renewable energy plants (such as photovoltaic and eolic plants). Fernando, through his company Crystal Lagoons, has developed a technology that allows such large amounts of waste thermal energy from industrial processes to be used to produce freshwater without the use of additional energy and at low costs, helping to solve one of the most improtant problems in the world today.
Other applications include solutions for air conditioning and heating applications (HVAC) that enable a saving of up to 50% of energy consumption compared to conventional HVAC systems. Also, these technologies can be used for maintaining excellent water quality in pump storage systems, which provide electricity generation stability and continuity at renewable power plants. Another technology refers to the sustainable pre-treatment of water for reverse osmosis desalination, generating an efficient and sustainable alternative to current pre-treatment processes for freshwater production, all the while creating high quality water reservoir that allows for recreational use. Furthermore, his seawater purification technology enables the sustainable construction and maintenance of seawater purification systems, on a large scale and at very low cost, for mining and other purposes, also creating a high quality water reservoir that can be used for recreational purposes, benefiting local communities. Finally, his artificial aquifer recharge technology enables, at very low costs, surface runoff water to be purified through a treatment lagoon, where the water is collected during rainy season, and after the lagoon treatment the water is rapidly infiltrated into underground aquifers through wells, to be used during droughts or in dry season.
Uniquely, Fernando has been the only person to receive awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Businessman of the Year. He has additionally received a large number of awards, and recently he was awarded with two Gold Stevie© Awards (considered as the Oscars of the Business’ World) as the “Innovator of the Year” for his sustainable vision of water usage, and the “Innovation of the Year” for his water desalination technology without the use of energy; the 2016 Green Apple Award for his Sustainable Cooling Technology; the “Real Innovator Award”, awarded by the UK’s London Business School, and as a unique feature he is the only executive to have received awards for Best Entrepreneur, Best Innovator and Best Businessman. Other recognitions include the Best New Business Award from the Great Miami Chamber of Commerce, two Guiness World Records for the largest crystal clear lagoons in the world, and the National Environmental Award, to name just a few.
He is the founder and Chairman of Crystal Lagoons, where in less than 8 years from its foundation the company is currently participating in more than 600 projects in different stages of negotiation or development in 60 countries. His innovations have been covered by more than 10,000 publications all over the world, including important international media such as CNN, BusinessWeek, Popular Mechanics, Travel Channel, Reader´s Digest, BBC, Reuters, Fuji, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and Galileo TV, among others. Today, his multinational company, Crystal Lagoons, is expanding exponentially around the world with more than 15 offices globally.
Fernando has had leading roles in different entities, such as Director of the United States Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Chilean National Innovation Council, Director of Endeavor, and he is currently Director on the Board of the German scientific Fraunhofer Institute, Europe’s most important organization for applied sciences. Also, he is frequently invited to be a keynote speaker at important universities such as Harvard, MIT, Babson, among others.
Fernando’s innovations have revolutionized the field of water treatment and purification for different uses, encompassing recreational, ornamental, and industrial uses, in both private and public projects. He has developed many technologies that have been protected through different intellectual property privileges (such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), and currently has a portfolio of over 1,500 patents worldwide.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) valued Crystal Lagoons at over $1.8 billion dollars after only one and a half years of operation, as a conservative estimate. It is important to highlight that none of the big technologic companies like Facebook, Google, or Microsoft, have reached sucha high valuation in such a short period of time. Furthermore, in 2015, an official valuation company appointed by the Dutch Tax authorities valued the Intellectual Property of the recreational lagoon technologies for tax purposes at $2.04 billion dollars, and these technologies are only a small part of those being developed and licenced today around the world. Other technologies, as previously mentioned, include industrial applications, and other private and public projects.