30 Nov 2018
To further advance UV LED water disinfection system development for emergency situations.AquiSense Technologies, based in Erlanger, Ky, USA, has announced a joint Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Washington University in St. Louis.
The partnership is working to design, fabricate, and test an integrated water treatment system incorporating ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV LED) disinfection and filtration technologies.
The proposed integrated device will target higher flow rates and more challenging water qualities than are currently treatable by existing commercial systems. The EPA researchers at the National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) are particularly interested in rugged and quickly-deployable emergency water treatment systems that could provide safe water following natural and man-made incidents.
New application areas
Oliver Lawal, AquiSense’s CEO, commented, “This development agreement showcases our patented technology and allows the expansion of UV LED disinfection to new application areas including small community water and wastewater systems and a variety of industrial solutions.”
“Since the formation of AquiSense, we have focused on engineering innovative UV-C LED based systems. The agreement further reinforces our ability to maintain our leadership position because our UV-C LED technologies will be optimized for more challenging water treatment scenarios.”
AquiSense is also participating in many other innovative research collaborations. The supply of UV-C LED research equipment such as the PearlBeam collimated beam device, is enabling over 40 laboratories globally to advance the application science of many critical human and environmental projects.
Notable close co-operation of field studies with separate groups at University of Colorado at Boulder and Dalhousie University, add to the European Horizon 2020-funded Biocontamination Integrated Control for Wet Systems for Space Exploration (BIOWYSE) project, which aims to address biocontamination issues on the International Space Station (ISS).
Video case study: the 2017 Puerto Rico Hurricane
The following CRADA video shows how EPA researchers and partners are delivering clean water-during emergencies – such as the Puerto Rico hurricane of September 2017.