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Get Smart with Water Technology


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An Overview of Water Technologies for Today's Green Economy

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Get Smart with Water Technology

  1. 1. 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 1
  2. 2. GET SMART WITH WATER TECHNOLOGY An Overview of Water Technology Advances for Today’s Green Economy 7/5/2016 2(c) TGEink In the 21st century water tech is no longer only for your local water municipality. With lower availability of clean freshwater and stricter regulations of wastewater and sludge, these technologies have become important assets in the agricultural, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, mining, oil, gas, and steel industries.
  3. 3. Chemical Monitoring with ANDalyze How It Works • Their sensors monitor for the presence of trace metals and other chemical contaminants • Can measure for lead in drinking water as low as 2 parts per billion • Their automated instrument (coming out later in 2016) will measure at near one dollar per test • The test takes only two minutes or less This cutting-edge technology uses DNA enzymes that contain a fluorescent marker. A hand-held fluorimeter measures rate of fluorescence that occurs in the sample, which directly correlates to the concentration level of a target metal. The fluorimeter is used at the test site, saving companies time and money. 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 3
  4. 4. Microbial Monitoring with Bactest A sample is added to a culture vessel where, if contaminating microorganisms are present, they will begin to grow. Speedy Breedy checks for contamination using advanced pressure sensing that detects the gaseous exchange of microbial respiration.• Monitors from Bactest used to detect the growth of microbes in: • food and beverage products • drinking water • the ballast water of shipping vessels • industrial products • pharmaceuticals • stem cell cultures How it Works 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 4
  5. 5. Leak Detection with Echologics • Their ePulse technology detects leaks and assesses the condition of distribution and transmission mains • ePulse identifies leaks in their early stages and tracks their progression • It can be used on all types of pipes including PVC • Used by municipalizes, private water utilities, chemical refineries, construction firms, food and beverage companies, and other areas of manufacturing How it Works 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 5 Acoustic sensors are attached to fire hydrants, valves or directly onto pipes. A sound wave is induced in the pipeline and travels along the pipe. The acoustic sensors capture the time it takes the sound wave to travel between two sensor stations. The speed at which the sound wave travels is dictated by the condition of the pipe wall. As the sound wave travels, it places a microscopic flex on the pipe wall. The greater the flex, the weaker the pipe, giving a measure of pipe condition.
  6. 6. Automated Metering Infrastructure with Fathom • Increased meter accuracy, real-time data, reduced delivery cost, increased communication between customers and providers. • In addition to automated meter reading, Fathom AMI offers a cost- saving, personalized billing system and an app. for customers that gives them up-to-date account information How it Works AMI are cloud-based systems that use automated meter readings to give utilities real-time data about their water network. 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 6
  7. 7. DOES AMI AFFECT ME? Yes! AMI is important for businesses not only because it allows them a greater degree of control over the finances of their water consumption but also because it is helping municipalities and utility to keep water prices down. 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 7
  8. 8. Desalinization & Membranes • As the cost of source water from municipalities and utilities continues to rise, rainfall patterns change, and water availability decreases, desalinization and water recycling are becoming economically viable and advantageous options. • Reverse osmosis, forward osmosis and new biotech membranes have their own advantages, disadvantages, and specific applications. At a Glance 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 8 Reverse Osmosis Membranes Forward Osmosis Membranes Biomimetic Protein Membranes Advantages Widely-used, innovative RO systems emerging Efficient, resistant to membrane fouling Lower energy consumption Disadvantages Low recovery, membrane fouling Specialty applications Specialty applications Uses Desalinization, water purification for medical, industrial and food processes, wastewater treatment Wastewater treatment, food processing, desalinization Desalinization, artificial kidneys, dialysis tubing, contact lenses, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals Companies Desalitech HydrOxSys Aquaporin
  9. 9. Reverse Osmosis with Desalitech How It Works Reverse osmosis uses pressure to push water through a membrane to catch unwanted chemicals dissolved in the water. Desalitech uses internal recirculation to increase efficiency and increase recovery rates. • Desalitech’s new reverse osmosis (RO) system has up to 98% recovery and typically reduces disposal costs by 50 to 75% • System also resistant to membrane fouling, an issue typical to conventional RO systems • Using this technology for wastewater reuse has two benefits • treat wastewater • create a water supply 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 9
  10. 10. Forward Osmosis with HydrOxSys • Forward Osmosis (FO) is a new technology currently used in specialty applications • HydrOxSys has developed a forward osmosis membrane that can have energy savings of approximately 80% over RO • Their membrane is resistant to membrane fouling and is safe to use for food processes, such as the production of hydration drinks and other beverages 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 10 How it Works Forward osmosis relies on a chemical process rather than human-generated pressure to filter water through the membrane. The result is major energy savings. Water is pulled through the membrane using a highly concentrated “draw” solution on the other side.
  11. 11. Biomimetic Protein Membranes with Aquaporin How It Works Biomimetic membranes have aquaporin proteins, found in all living cells, embedded in them. Aquaporins attract water molecules into their channels and then shoot the water molecules through to the other side, as they are hydrophobic or water-repelling.• Used in industrial water treatment, treatment of difficult wastewater streams and other niche markets. • Biomimetic membranes require lower pressure levels than conventional RO, thereby sharply reducing energy consumption. • The Aquaporin membrane is highly sensitive, and has the ability to restrict the passage of contaminants including bacteria, viruses, minerals, proteins, DNA, dissolved gases, salts, detergents, and even protons without hampering the passage of water. 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 11
  12. 12. Wastewater Treatment with Baswood How It Works Biological treatment systems contain helpful bacteria that: • Baswood biological systems help the dairy industry treat fats, oils and grease in their wastewater while also concentrating and collecting milk solids that can be sold in high-protein animal feeds • Also treat the wastewater runoff of the agricultural industry, including livestock raising. Their system can recover phosphorus and nitrogen to be used in fertilizer. 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 12 consume organic material help lower the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) reduce specific chemicals in the wastewater
  13. 13. Bubble-less Aeration with OxyMem How It Works The MABR uses hollow fiber and gas permeable membranes, rather than bubbles, to deliver of oxygen to micro- organisms. The reactor can be added to existing treatment systems by simply dropping it into a conventional aeration tank.• Traditional biological wastewater treatment systems use bubbles to deliver oxygen to microorganisms, requiring huge amounts of electrical energy • OxyMem’s Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) is bubble- less, allowing for a 75% reduction of energy costs • It also produces 50% less sludge and an 80% reduced footprint 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 13
  14. 14. Runoff Prevention with AgriScience How It Works • AgriScience has created a fertilizer that decreases the amount of runoff created in fields • It retains nutrients in the root zone of plants, decreasing fertilizer pollution and saving farmers money • Results in a 30%+ increase in crop yields 7/5/2016 (c) TGEink 14 Soil is negatively charged as are many manufactured fertilizer nutrients which means they ultimately repel each other and contribute to nutrient pollution. Rather than treating the nutrient losses from soil downstream, ASI technology is a powder mixed into soil that allows for the retention of positively charged nutrients. The nutrients retained in the plant root zone are only released when plants demand them.
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