By Kaitlyn Longstaff
Clean water is vital to our health, communities, and economy, and new water treatment methods and businesses are helping to ensure we are able to access healthy and safe drinking water. Declining water quality is a global problem, and the water and wastewater treatment market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% to reach $211.3 billion by 2025, according to a 2020 report from Meticulous Market Research Pvt. Ltd.
These 11 start-up companies are providing new technologies, hardware, and systems that will integrate technology and innovation to address pressing water challenges.
Water Treatment Systems and Technologies
Aquagga Inc., founded in August of 2019 by Nigel Sharp, Brian Pinkard, and Chris Woodruff, is a cleantech startup and environmental remediation service provider that aims to improve health equity and environmental justice through the destruction and safe disposal of PFAS. Aquagga “is leveraging their expertise as scientists and entrepreneurs to advance cutting-edge contaminant destruction technologies from the laboratory to the field to aid this global effort,” said Woodruff.
Aquagga’s containerized hardware takes waste-drain and breaks down PFAS so that it is safe for disposal. Aquagga’s technology uses high temperatures and pressures to break the carbon-fluorine bonds, mineralizing PFAS molecules and “producing nothing but a small amount of fluoride, clean water, and carbon dioxide,” according to Woodruff.
Aquagga’s Hydrothermal Alkaline Treatment (HALT) technology was awarded first place in in the EPA’s Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge. Aquagga has also received grants from the National Science Foundation, the EPA, and the U.S. Air Force; it is actively working with the U.S. Department of Defense in helping remove and mitigate the spread of PFAS chemicals into the environment. https://www.aquagga.com/
2. KenWave Solutions Inc.
statistics, and computer science, KenWave’s creative thinkers are always working to improve the quality of data provided to clients. https://www.kenwavesolutions.com/
Water test kits designed by Cyclopure use DEXSORB in an extraction disc for convenient PFAS testing of home tap water and outdoor rivers and streams. Cyclopure’s Purefast™ filter with DEXSORB is the first ever water filter to remove PFAS in a countertop pitcher. The company is planning the launch of a whole-home PFAS treatment system in early 2023.
DEXSORB pilot treatment systems have been installed across the U.S. to treat PFAS contaminated groundwater, surface water, and wastewater in a fully sustainable treatment process; it is the only PFAS treatment media that can be used for multiple cycles. With Cyclopure’s technology, “PFAS chemicals extracted by DEXSORB can be concentrated and fully mineralized by mechanochemical processing for safe disposal without re-contamination of the environment,” said Cassou.
5. Stockholm Water Technology AB
All products are based on SWT’s patented technology that was developed over 12 years of research and development, in collaboration with KTH Royal institute of Technology. SWT products also have the ability to store recoverable energy and clean water simultaneously; this gives the end user the ability to define their water quality. Capacitive deionization, an electrostatic method of water purification, does not use any chemicals and leaves a low energy footprint.
6. Vienna Water Monitoring Solutions
The ColiMinder offers fully automatic and rapid measurements of microbial water quality. With the inclusion of the microbiological dimension of water quality in the process control, there is the potential for a drastic increase in efficiency and safety of water treatment processes across all industries. VMWS has won several awards for the ColiMinder and its technology, and it has been accepted on the TechLink platform by the Water Research Foundation.
7. Pani Energy
Founded in 2020 by Elango Thevar, NEER is a cloud-based machine learning platform that is designed to help communities optimize their existing water infrastructure. The NEER system integrates multiple data streams, monitors system conditions, forecasts short-term risks, predicts asset failures, plans infrastructure investments, and designs distribution and collection system expansion. Founder and CEO Thevar says that it is his dream that “someday, everyone will be able to access the safe, clean water they need without ever having to think or worry about how it got there.” With NEER, you can let AI streamline your water management system by simplifying your processes with intelligent modeling and predictive analytics.
Evove, backed by a driven team of pioneers, focuses on harnessing the power of advanced materials, engineering, additive manufacturing, and AI to accelerate and deliver perfect membranes. With the mission to filter the unfilterable and separate the inseparable, Evove’s Enhance and Separonics product lines take membranes to the next level and overcome the inherent flaws in conventional structures. Evove’s technology supports markets in desalination, industrial water, municipal, resource harvesting, life sciences, food and beverages, domestic, and environmental remediation. By combining material science, separation technology, computational fluid dynamics, additive manufacturing, and engineering, Evove is able offer two product lines that work in microfiltration, ultrafiltration, and reverse osmosis membrane processes.
About the author
Kaitlyn R. Longstaff is associate editor at Water Conditioning & Purification International magazine. She studied English at Southern New Hampshire University and Publishing at The George Washington University. She can be reached at [email protected].