Water tech companies gather at BlueTech Forum

BlueTech Forum in Vancouver, Canada, June 6-7, 2018, will feature 13 technologies developed for the water sector, including digital, biotech and membrane technologies, focused on managing water risk in the circular economy.

Featured companies and their technologies include:

Aqua Membranes uses its patented 3D-printed spacer technology to boost permeate water flow, increasing the membrane surface in spiral-wound elements and reducing membrane fouling.

Aquam provides technologies for packaged wastewater treatment plants that can eliminate sludge, recover energy as direct electricity and enable on-site water reuse at a lower cost than incumbent technologies.

Cerahelix developed a durable ceramic filter that uses DNA to create micro-pores that can deliver high levels of water quality and lower energy consumption in industrial reuse applications.

Emagin provides an operational intelligence platform to enable smarter management of critical processes in real time.

Fluid Technology Solutions’ forward osmosis technologies use low-fouling, long-life cellulose membranes to treat challenging wastewaters.

Genifuel hydrothermal processing system (HPS) produces biocrude oil and renewable natural gas (methane) from wastewater, converting more than 85 percent of the feedstock carbon to renewable fuels.

HYREC offers a hybrid FO-OARO (forward osmosis – osmotically assisted reverse osmosis) system to treat high-strength waste streams.

IONMR created durable and versatile high-performance anion-exchange membrane.

Island Water Technologies completed demonstration of a bio-electrode sensor for the direct monitoring of microbial activity in wastewater treatment systems.

Microbe Detectives applies advanced DNA sequencing to identify and quantify nearly 100 percent of the microbes in a sample of water and provides comprehensive microbial evaluations for water quality and disease management.

Purifics has a proprietary ceramic ultrafiltration (CUF) membrane technology, which filters water and wastewater, destroys chemical and biological contaminants, facilitates clean water recovery and eliminates the need for backwash and pretreatment.

TECTA-PDS markets an automated microbiological water quality monitoring system, which lowers the cost of monitoring.

World Water Works developed a wastewater treatment system that increases process throughput and performance through the gravimetric selection of dense sludge aggregates with improved settling rates and the promotion of enhanced biological phosphorus removal.

KROHNE opens new manufacturing and calibration facility in the U.S.

KROHNE Inc.’s new flow and level instrument manufacturing and calibration facility, in Beverly, Massachusetts, opened April 23, 2018. The new headquarters will produce a variety of new and existing flow and level products, while continuing to serve as the main distribution hub to North American markets for all other products. Administration, sales, service, marketing and a new training center will also be located in Beverly. The new production building will be interconnected to a new state-of-the-art two-story office building, tripling the floor space compared to the existing facility in Peabody, Massachusetts. Production and distribution operations will also be transferred to the new space.

COOL Separations and PROXA announce cooperation

COOL Separations (formerly EFC Separations) and PROXA, a specialized water solutions provider of sustainable water services, will deliver commercial-scale eutectic freeze crystallization (EFC) units to treat highly contaminated waste streams. Initially developed by COOL Separations, the EFC process was commercialized through joint development work in PROXA’s process development laboratories. It is targeted at challenging environmental applications, including acid mine drainage and highly concentrated brine streams. EFC technology enables treatment of highly contaminated effluent to produce reusable water and different byproducts, which can be tailored according to various needs. Key benefits of the technology include simple and stable operation, no added chemical consumption and an overall smaller footprint.