About Fernando Fischmann
Fernando is a scientist, innovator, and influential entrepreneur, whose technologies are causing a big impact worldwide.
As a scientist, 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 2,000 patents in 190 countries around the globe. As a consequence, Crystal Lagoons intellectual property has been valued at US $4.1 billon.
The main focus of the technologies developed by Fernando has been to purify water with minimal use of chemicals and energy. When applied, these innovations enable the building and maintaining of very large crystalline lagoons for recreational purposes such as bathing, swimming, and practicing aquatic sports, at a very low cost.
Fernando strives to change the way people live in cities forever with a brand new business model of Public Access Lagoons™, also known as PAL™. At Crystal Lagoons®, he is developing a new generation of recreation facilities for urban settings that will set a new standard for how we use public spaces for entertainment purposes.
These crystalline lagoons, that are open to the general public, are being developed in some of the most diverse environments, such as public parks and recreational areas alike, bringing holiday destinations to people’s doorsteps. This is an idyllic concept to be enjoyed by everybody and represents the dawn of a new era for urban life, as well as infinite possibilities for Crystal Lagoons.
Over the years, he has continued to develop and patent several new technologies for the treatment of large bodies of water for recreational and ornamental uses, which he has been applying to new projects worldwide. The different technologies that allow for the low-cost treatment of large bodies of water 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.
One of the latest technologies developed by Fernando are “floating lagoons”, which consist of floating lagoon structures located and installed within larger bodies of water 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 there are currently 50 million bodies of water in the world that could be used for recreational purposes but that are abandoned due to poor water quality or aesthetics. These could be completely revitalized by incorporating a crystalline floating lagoon.
In recent years, Fernando has also focused scientific efforts on the development of 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 implementation of these innovations was the sustainable cooling of industrial processes, providing a sustainable and low cost alternative to currently used systems such as once-through cooling systems (that use the sea in an open system) and cooling towers (which account for 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 residual heat produced by current power plants and other industrial facilities around the world could be up to 10 times higher than the energy generated by renewable energy plants (such as photovoltaic and eolic plants). Fernando, through his company Crystal Lagoons, has developed a technology that allows for the residual thermal energy from industrial processes to be used to produce freshwater without the use of additional energy and at a low cost, helping to solve one of the most pressing issues in the world today.
Other uses 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. These technologies can also be used for maintaining excellent water quality in pump storage systems, which provide stable electricity generation and continuity at renewable energy power plants. Another technology refers to the sustainable pre-treatment of water for reverse osmosis desalination, by generating an efficient and sustainable alternative to current pre-treatment processes for freshwater production, all the while creating high quality water reservoirs that can be used for recreational purposes. Furthermore, his seawater purification technology enables the sustainable construction and maintenance of seawater purification systems on a large scale and at a very low cost, for mining and other purposes. This creates a high quality water reservoir that can be used for recreational purposes, benefiting local communities. Finally, his artificial aquifer recharge technology enables surface runoff water to be purified through a treatment lagoon at a very low cost. The water is collected during the rainy season, and once treated, the water is rapidly infiltrated into underground aquifers through wells, can be used during droughts or the dry season.
Fernando has been the only executive to receive awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Businessman of the Year, as well as a series of other awards. More recently, he was awarded with two Gold Stevie© Awards (considered the Oscars of the Business World) as the “Innovator of the Year” for his sustainable vision of water usage. He also received “Innovation of the Year” for his water desalination technology without the use of energy, an award that in previous years honored Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, which he received in Rome; the 2016 & 2017 Green Apple Award for his sustainable cooling technology, which he received at Britain’s House of Commons, as well as the “Real Innovator Award”, conferred by the UK’s London Business School. Other recognitions include the Best New Business Award from the Great Miami Chamber of Commerce, two Guinness World Records for the largest crystalline lagoons in the world, and the National Environmental Award, to name just a few.
He is the founder and chairman of Crystal Lagoons, a multinational water innovation company, and his innovations have been covered by more than 10,000 publications all over the world, including important international media outlets 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 offices in 5 countries around the globe.
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 is currently Director on the Board of the German scientific Fraunhofer Institute, Europe’s most important organization for applied sciences. He is frequently invited to be a keynote speaker at high profile universities such as Harvard, MIT, Babson, Berkeley, Duke, amongst others.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) valued Crystal Lagoons, in a conservative estimate, at over $1.8 billion dollars after only 18 months of operations. It is worth highlighting that none of the big technologic companies, such as Facebook, Google, or Microsoft, have reached such a 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. These technologies are only a small part of those being developed and licensed today around the world. Other technologies, as previously mentioned, include industrial applications, as well as other private and public projects.