Vote for the Best New Water Technologies in WEFTEC's Innovation Showcase

The WEFTEC Connect Innovation Showcase features the latest in new and emerging water technologies. You can vote for your Top 8.

The Innovation Showcase is a regular feature of WEFTEC, presenting some of the latest technologies being offered in the water industry.

This year it moves online as part of WEFTEC Connect, and you can watch presentations from the inventors on a series of YouTube videos, ranging from about 1.5 to 2.5 minutes. You can then vote on what you consider the Top 8.

The Top 8 companies will be announced during the WEFTEC Connect “24 Hours of Water” broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 4, and will go on to a knockout round for a chance to win a complimentary kiosk at the Innovation Pavilion During WEFTEC 2021. Voting is open through Friday, Oct. 2.

To view all 18 Innovation Showcase videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?reload=9&list=PLcIZ_Qi40I1F0-kPXBeTjjNqn5XDIzkHs. Here is a look at the technologies.

374 Water offers resource recovery with supercritical water oxidation. Its founders say it offers a more space- and energy-efficient way to treat wastewater while capturing valuable nutrients. It uses a high-temperature, high-pressure process to completely and rapidly convert wastewater into energy, clean water and minerals, using the energy in the waste itself, and without chemicals. It also addresses the issue of pathogens, PFAS, microplastics and drugs. It received a 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Water Resource Recovery Prize.

Aqua Membranes presents an innovative home reverse osmosis (RO) system fir drinking water. It dramatically reduces the amount of water required to produce a given volume of filtered water. The company says a traditional household RO unit wastes up to 200 gpd. The company’s product reduces that amount by up to 90/5. The technology also has industrial applications.

Datatecnics offers sensors for real-time structural monitoring of pipes and asset lifetime forecasting. The aim is to address the widespread problem of aging pipe networks in the face of limited funds. The company’s Critical Infrastructure Pipeline Protection System (CIPPS) helps utilities understand the health of their pipelines and target investment where it is most needed. Pipe-mounted sensors t5o model how the pipeline behaves over time. Algorithms then make it possible to predict when failures will occur.

Eco2Mix provides a sustainable water pH control system that has potential applications in wastewater treatment, industrial processes, cooling towers and others (its main market at present is in cropland irrigation). It is an automated process that adjusts pH with carbonic acid produced on site.

ecoSPEARS technology is designed to destroy legacy toxins in soil, sediment and groundwater. An alternative to dredging contaminated in waterways, it eliminates the hauling of sediment to landfills or incinerators. The technology uses a set of plastic spikes to absorb PCBs and other chlorinated chemicals.

The Elajo Freeze Dry Unit is a new concept in sludge treatment with potential applications in a variety of industries from fish farming, to beverage production, to wastewater treatment. It dewaters and dries material with or without polymer addition.

Epic CleanTec is decentralized water recycling and ruse technology for individual buildings. It is designed to help growing cities reduce the strain on water supplies and wastewater treatment capacity. The technology collects black water and separates out the solids for off-site processing into soil amendments. The water is then treated for use on non-potable purposes such as toilet flushing and irrigation. It can reduce building water use by up to 90%.

iFLUX technology monitors the behavior of groundwater. Sensors enable users to monitor the evolution of groundwater quality and quantity over time. The knowledge can help in addressing flooding, water scarcity and groundwater pollution.

Infinite Cooling is a technology that helps electric power plants use significantly less water for cooling. The company offers a service for which customers pay no up front cost and are charged for the volume of water used.

Membrion offers ion exchange membranes made from Silicon dioxide that can replace other ion-exchange membranes in electrodialysis and electrodialysis reversal for challenging water purification problems. The company says its membranes can outperform conventional cation exchange membranes and cost less to manufacture. They increase water recovery and reduce energy usage.

Mitcherson introduces a fully automated water treatment process based on a rotating belt sieve that is designed to be low-cost and environmentally friendly. The sieve continuously filters out a high percentage of suspended solids; an integrated dewatering system then dries the solids. It has applications in municipal wastewater treatment and many industrial processes. The pressed solids are dry and easy to transport.

Pharem offers an advanced enzymatic treatment technology for removal of organic substances. Enzymes are immobilized across the surface of a silica-based material treating wastewater in a plug-flow configuration. It is commonly used as a tertiary polishing step and can be used to target a range of micropollutants including pesticides, personal care products and pharmaceuticals.

SewerAI uses machine learning and computer vision to transform sewer assessment. The company’s product, AutoCode automatically detects sewer defects in CCTV inspection video. It is designed to help both camera operators in the streets and engineers in their offices to multiply their productivity.

SiTration has developed a new membrane filtration technology that combines durability, performance and low cost. The silicon membrane is compatible with harsh conditions including strong acid, high temperatures, and high feed pressures.

StormSensor uses sensor networks to map stormwater flow and target infrastructure improvements. It helps communities address challenges such as flooding and sea level rise through data. Sensors provide temperature, flow and weather data at multiple monitoring points, helping communities manage risks.

Swirltex offers a reverse osmosis pretreatment process for waste streams with high solids or oil content. Wastewater passes through a bubble diffuser to modify contaminant buoyancy. Then the waste streams form a vortex inside of a tubular ultrafiltration membrane. The change in buoyancy combined with the vortex flow reduces contact between contaminants and the walls of the membrane, reducing fouling and energy usage.

Varuna offers distribution system monitoring for small to medium-sized utilities, helping them to deliver high-quality water consistently. It gives visibility to the real-time state of the network. The system reduces the need for water sampling by deploying sensors in the system and pulling the data into simple, intuitive dashboards for analysis.

Ziptility provides an infrastructure management application for utility field crews. It acts as a GIS, CMMS and social network rolled into one. It is easy for in-house team members to use and also gives contractors full visibility to all the information they need to work effectively. IT can be used during design of capital improvements, in large projects like meter replacement programs, and in new construction.



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