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17 Companies Join Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub in Shanghai

China is strengthening its commitment to the protection of the environment and water, air and soil quality. According to recent estimates, investment in environmental protection will reach €2.15 trillion over the next five years with a considerable amount of resources directed towards water stewardship. Investment is being matched by political support to develop and enforce new environmental standards — further accelerating efforts by industry and government to support an environmentally sustainable future.

Supporting 17 countries from 12 countries, Imagine H2O launched its inaugural China Initiative this year to bridge vetted global innovation to the China market. Since 2009, Imagine H2O has provided entrepreneurs with the resources, insight and visibility to launch and scale water solutions. By partnering with industry and policy experts and a global network of customers and investors, Imagine H2O has become a proven path-to-market for emerging water technology businesses.

Along with program partners PureTerra Ventures and Isle Utilities, and support from Cycle Columbus, Imagine H2O’s Smart Water Hub at Aquatech China 2018 will showcase promising new water solutions for the China market. Participant companies are midway through a program of 5 webinars in aspects of doing business in China, and will benefit from booth space in the the Hub itself, translation and 1-to-1 meeting services. The Hub will run from May 31 to June 2. This select group of water technology businesses has been vetted for China market readiness, commercial viability and impact on water resource management.

The Smart Water Hub will host interactive discussions with industry leaders to highlight the opportunities and challenges to the deployment of water innovation in China. Case studies and workshops will provide an opportunity to elaborate on the path forward. A dedicated pitch session will enable each Smart Water Hub exhibitor to present to a distinguished panel of judges and broader audience of water industry professionals.

The following companies will exhibit at the Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub:

AQS-SYS is a fixed installation of correlating sensors providing continuous pipe monitoring and leak detection.The system uses permanently installed vibration and hydrophone sensors. Highly sensitive sensors equipped with new-generation signal processing algorithms which can monitor pipes of every type of material, with high efficiency and wide coverage, using typically 2–3 sensors per km or pipe (depending on the pipe material). The system provides a flexible and cost-effective solution for pipe monitoring and leak detection.

Drylet’s patented biocatalyst has the unique ability to deliver unparalleled numbers of specifically selected microbes to an organic source for its consumption. With more than 40% of reduction in biosolids production, Drylet provides substantial savings without requiring any capital expense. Customers data shows more than 30% in total savings, not including savings from postponing facility expansion projects — a consequence of Drylet’s products improving wastewater treatment plant capacity.

Arvia’s NyexTM Treatment Systems combine adsorption with electrochemical oxidation in a single, scalable unit without chemical dosing or the generation of sludge. Contaminants are concentrated on the surface of Arvia’s proprietary adsorbent media which is non-porous with high electrical conductivity. Unlike Granular Activated Carbon, NyexTM media is effectively regenerated in-situ and the process can continue without interruption or replacement. Arvia improves discharged water quality, enables water reuse, and improves raw water quality with significant operational and financial advantages to their customers.

The Hydro-dis® system is a proven unique water disinfection technique that uses the electrocatalytic breakdown of water to instantly destroy waterborne micro-organisms including micro-flora, while simultaneously converting chloride ions into chlorine leaving a measured residual disinfection in the treated water.. The Hydro-dis® system replaces traditional disinfection techniques with a cost effective, environmentally friendly, modular and portable system. The Hydro-dis® process has achieved certification to the Australian Standard 4020 which certifies any product used in contact with drinking water in Australia.

Tusaar’s LASor (Ligand Augmented Sorption) technology delivers a unique, versatile and robust industrial waste water treatment media that removes up to 45 different targeted metals from aqueous streams. The technology performs in difficult conditions — presence of organics, high TDS & COD, multiple metals and contaminants — conditions where competitors fail. The technology is simple to use and does not require highly trained operators. It uses standard, of the shelf water treatment equipment and in many cases currently installed systems using media (ion exchange, GAC etc.) can be retrofitted to use LASor.

EventLab is a real time continuous monitoring system that monitors the overall water quality and full spectrum of possible chemical contaminations with a single sensor. The EventLab system detects contaminations at the earliest stage possible and outperforms traditional sensors with a superior contamination detection rate. Minilab uses the same optical principle as EventLab (changes in RI), but combines it with biochemistry (a target specific receptor layer applied to the optical chip). MiniLab is an easy to use sample analysis tool that can detect specific compounds sensitively (low ppb, high ppt range) and fast (test result in 2 minutes), and is specifically designed to be used in the field.

Mitte has built the first smart home system that enables users to turn tap water into purified and personalized mineral water. Water is purified to an unmatched degree through our proprietary purification method based on distillation. Our process removes all contaminants, from bacteria, hormones and chemicals to metals and chlorine. Mitte is digitally integrated and works with a companion app, that acts as a control centre for the system. This allows users to see the water quality in real time awhile also triggering automatic replenishment of cartridges.

OxyMem’s MABR is the most efficient biological wastewater treatment system on the market; achieving a Standard Aeration Efficiency (SAE) up to 14 kgO2/kWh. Treatment plants could operate with lower OPEX and be up to 80% smaller in size. OxyMem use ‘curly’ membranes and employs these hollow fibre, gas permeable membranes to support the biology in OxyMem MABR and to ensure maximum contact of biofilm with pollutants in the wastewater; enhancing the wastewater treatment. The innovative solution results in a compact and robust modular system that can be applied in either new build plants or simply dropped into existing plants to upgrade their treatment capacity.

Technology once used to find water on other planets has now been adapted to find water right here on Earth. Water utilities are now able to benefit from this ground-breaking technology developed by leading space agencies to save you time, money and water. Satellites orbiting the Earth scan the ground and detect water leaking from urban distribution and transmission water networks. Utilis Corp has patented this technology and brought it to the market to help you. With this cost-effective tool at your disposal, non-revenue water (NRW) is now too costly to ignore. Let Utilis Corp reduce your NRW today.

The eoWater service of EOMAP is the first system, which implements various satellite sensors to provide the highest spatial and temporal resolution, and the highest quality of relevant open water parameters. The information is easy accessible through the eoApp® web application, provided on demand through an API interface into the client system, or customized into routine reports. No mobilization or permissions are needed. Data are available within hours, but also for historic reviews up to 30 years back in time, for any location worldwide. EOMAP has been awarded the Copernicus Award in 2011 and 2013 and the Geospatial World Award in 2017.

Unlike conventional, slow (24h+) laboratory techniques the ColiMinder© can be used for real time process monitoring and control, adjusting treatment parameters according to the actual level of bacterial contamination. The ColiMinder© is calibrated and delivers a result in Modified Fishman Units per 100mL for E.coli contamination, which represents the E.coli -specific enzymatic activity per 100mL as a direct measure for the number of living organisms per sample volume. The system is exceptionally fast, even compared to other advanced microbiological monitoring technologies (15 minutes from sample to result provides an unmatched 57 measurements/day).

Puralytics uses light energy and an advanced nanotechnology to purify water through simultaneous photochemical reactions, destroying volatile organic chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors, while also sterilizing bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. There are no chemical additives and 100% of the water is purified. The nanomaterial is not consumed or broken down, minimizing chemical and water waste associated with traditional chemical and physical water treatment technologies. Contaminants are destroyed instead of concentrated, eliminating the disposal problems associated with traditional water treatment technologies.

Easychem TOX Early Warning is an on-line analyser for drinking water and environmental monitoring applications using dried bioluminescent bacteria, automatically rehydrated to ensure long-term unattended operation down to 5 minutes frequency. The use of up to 20 industrially prepared dried bacteria vials automatically regenerated and handled by the Easychem TOX Early Warning analyser allow a very fast detection time in case of heavy water pollution. The system design is based on discrete analytical technology, meaning easy and reliable operations in the field by water plants technicians, high reliability, an easy user interface including alarm capabilities, and low maintenance cost.

Cerahelix has developed a new class of ceramic filters by combining DNA with ceramic chemistry. DNA is used as a template to form pores less than 1 nanometer in the ceramic material. The result is a membrane with a molecular weight cutoff capable of molecular separations that is highly durable (temperature and chemical resistant) and resists fouling. The unique features of these membranes allow them to function under a broad range of operating conditions. The result is that they can be used in new process designs that are highly efficient with significant cost savings.

Bluewater SuperiorOsmosis™ — Delivering more cleaner, healthier drinking water from the tap and drastically cuts the water wastage common to traditional reverse osmosis technology. Innovated in Sweden, SuperiorOsmosis™ delivers unmatched purification efficiency, operating capacity and service life. SuperiorOsmosis™ technology gives users direct flowing water at up to a stunning 6,912 liters of purified water a day. Engineered into Bluewater’s sleek looking, point-of-use Spirit and Pro water purifiers, SuperiorOsmosis™ helps ensure cleaner, healthier water that you can trust year after year with minimal service requirements.

NanoSpun is dedicated to the concept of ““Biology as Cassette”, improving efficiency, treatment capabilities and cost positions of industries that are reliant on the accomplishment of biological substances and processes such as bioremediation, bioaugmentation, fermentation and enzymatic reaction. These industries benefit from our solutions as our technology enables true progress in a sustainable manner. Industries that were previously unable to depend on biology due to its live and inconsistent nature are finally able to harness the power of biology to their advancement.

Island Water Technologies has developed the SENTRY-AD bio-electrode sensor. SENTRY-AD provides real-time information to the operator that allows for the monitoring of microbial metabolic activity in the anaerobic digestion (AD) wastewater treatment process. The data allows operators to monitor the impact of toxic chemicals or process imbalance on microbial health in the AD system. Additionally, this data can be aggregated and combined with existing water quality and operational data to improve and optimize AD system performance.

See you in Shanghai.