The technology is a photocatalytic composite that uses solar energy to degrade organics and inactivate bacteria in water. The composite is able to inactivate 100% of total coliform bacteria after just 15 minutes of sunlight exposure. The technology is green, sustainable, and an economically viable wastewater purification method.
Primary Application Area: Water, Waste, Environmental
Technology Development Status: Prototype
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Value Proposition: Aquidas technology is much more inexpensive than traditional wastewater purification methods, as the composite costs only $1 per kilogram. The composite is sustainable, as it is a catalyst capable of repeated use without loss of efficiency. Aquidas technology is also capable of removing multiple classes of toxins including bacteria, organics, heavy metals, protozoa, and algae. Traditional methods of water purification that use solar energy are only able to harness UV radiation, with is just 3% of solar radiation. Aquidas technology is able to harness both UV and Visible Light, which is 44% of solar radiation reaching the earth. The composite is also energy efficient, as the purification process is dependent only on solar energy and does not require any external power source.
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
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Vetted Programs/Awards: 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30: Energy, 2015 Google Science Fair National Geographic Award, 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize, 2013 President's Environmental Youth Award, 2012 America's Top Young Scientist