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This project, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, is supported by the following project partners: Oxyle AG; SNSF's BRIDGE PoC; Venture Kick; Innosuisse; MSRL lab, IPW institute; IfB lab at ETH Zurich; Eawag, Process Engineering department.
Project no: GRS-029/20
Amount of funding: CHF 150'000
Duration: 06.2020 - 11.2021
Area of activity:
InnoBooster, seit 2018
Dr. Fajer Mushtaq
8092 Zürich (Schweiz)
We are witnessing an alarming level of contamination of our rivers, lakes, and even our drinking water, with highly toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. Existing water treatments face many drawbacks and do not effectively remove these harmful chemicals. We have developed a novel treatment technology that can completely remove a wide variety of these problematic pollutants from wastewater. Our technology is sustainable, cost-effective, easy to use, and highly scalable. To take our invention to market, we plan to build a wastewater treatment demonstrator to provide cleaning demonstrations on customer sites and gain their valuable testimonials.
What is special about the project?
Our technology provides an efficient solution to overcome the shortcomings of existing treatments by employing highly reactive radical species that can efficiently degrade any organic contaminant from their vicinity in a non-selective manner. Our novel catalytic material continously generates large doses of these radicals, in-situ, by harnessing energy from multiple clean sources, for efficient water remediation. Our technology delivers additional benefits such as fast reaction times, safe wastewater handling practises, and re-usability over multiple treatment cycles.
Apart from providing these significant advantages, our technology also imposes many positive impacts on our society, environment, and climate including, improving the quality of our surface water, protecting health of aquatic species, fighting antibiotic resistance and reducing CO2 emissions.
We have designed and constructed our portable wastewater treatment prototype to conduct customer PoC studies and on-site pilots. The prototype has been used to conduct several wastewater treatment PoCs with our potential customers with successful results. This includes over 90% removal of a wide range of problematic pollutants from our customers wastewater and successfully complying with the new strict discharge regulations. These customers include chemical, agrochemical, food& beverage companies, energy companies, and municipal wastewater treatment plants.
We have secured two wastewater treatment pilots, to be conducted at our customer sites, in 2021 and have documented these results in technical reports for our customers.
Since the beginning of InnoBooster grant, we have secured an additional 2.5 MCHF in non-dilutive funding including securing the highly competitive, H2020’s EIC Accelerator grant in May of 2021, and winning the Grand Prize of Venture competition in 2020.
Persons involved in the project
Last update to this project presentation 27.07.2021