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UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE posted this:Stand-alone system for the purification of brackish water directly powered by photovoltaic solar energyThe Applied Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis Research Group at the University of Alicante has developed an Stand-alone system for the desalination and disinfection of water by Electrodialysis (ED) and the necessary water pre- and post-conditioning steps. The developed system is sustainable and environmentally-friendly being directly powered by a photovoltaic solar plant without using battery racks. This new system substantially decreases both the investment and maintenance costs by eliminating the batteries. Also, it can be adjusted to be used in water from very different sources like seawater, brackish water wells, wastewater treatment plants, industrial processes water, etc. being of particular interest for remote areas isolated from the electric grid. The Research Group has a demonstration Pilot Plant with the capacity to produce up to 1m3 of drinking water per day. The Group is looking for companies interested in the commercial exploitation of this technology through licensing agreements and/or technical cooperation.
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University of Huelva posted this:New procedure for the purification of water contaminated by metals and the respective systemsThe invention solves the problems of inefficiency which usually shows the conventional passive treatment systems. The reactive fills developed for the removal of inorganic contaminants historically have focused on removing low concentrations of these (typical features of coal mining), however when these fillers are faced to high concentrations of metals (sulfur mining, uranium, industrial water waste…) quickly clogging and loss of reactivity occurs. The present invention allows the removal of metals without clogging and/or loss of reactivity. This is achieved by the use of a coarse inert material with high surface mixed with a fine-grained reactive material, so that the surface of the inert material is breaded with reactive material. Coarse fragments of inert material act as a frame, providing large pores that reduces clogging by precipitates. The small particle size of the reactive material provides a large surface area that increases its reactivity.
Technology Transfer Office
UATEC - Unidade de Transferência de Tecnologia posted this:Process for converting waste, effluents and organic by-products in recyclable materialsA group of researchers from a Portuguese university has developed a biological process to treat waste, effluents and organic by-products with industrial origin characterized by high biodegradability that adds value to conventional biological treatment processes, integrating their assumptions on the concept of biorefinery. The invention aims to reduce by 96% the organic matter content of the starting substrate allowing generally meet the discharge criteria set out in the legislation.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Diagnosis of the Building Pathologies by qualified and quantified images.The research group "Image, Metrics and Architecture" from the University of Alcalá along with the startup Voar has developed the tool for the diagnosis of pathologies in the construction by the images processing. The images are captured with digital, thermal imagers, with the use of drones and robots to enter to areas with difficult access and from them, the processing that facilitates the diagnosis is carried out with a software. This tool is useful for conservation and maintenance companies of buildings, real estate corporations, insurance companies or certification to achieve collaboration and commercial agreements with technical assistance.
Centre Technology Transfer CITTRU posted this:Hybrid photocatalysts based on nanoclays for water purification (environment-friendly method of water purification)Water contamination becomes a problem, which may limit civilization progress. The development of a universal and inexpensive method of water purification is very difficult, because it may contain pollutants of different nature, e.g. heavy metals, organic compounds (pesticides, chlorinated aromatic compounds, antibiotics and surfactants) as well as bacteria. The water purification methods currently in use are based on osmosis, ion-exchange, adsorption, ultrafiltration, distillation and photooxidation. Although multifarious, they have limitations, mainly connected with their high power consumption and low efficiency.
FrieslandCampina posted this:Anti-telescoping device for spiral wound membranesThe anti-telescoping device causes a spiral wound membrane filter to operate at a more constant and at a lower trans membrane pressure difference than such filter without such device. It is especially useful in microfiltration and ultrafiltration devices for liquids such as fruit juices, milk, beer, waste water, fermentation broths, etc.
Technology Transfer Network
Imperial Innovations posted this:CogniSense reduces machine downtime through remote system-level monitoringThe effective remote monitoring of rotating equipment such as HVAC systems or conveyor belts is valuable to ensure reduced downtime and peak operating efficiency. Researchers from Imperial College have developed CogniSense; an IoT device that can monitor machine state-of-health accurately, for any mechanism exhibiting cyclical motion. By transmitting a radio signal and detecting the response, a signal corresponding to the motion of the distinct machine components (e.g. gears and bearings) can be captured and analysed. CogniSense even works through walls, and a single device can be used to monitor multiple machines (rather than requiring individual on-board mounting like other existing systems).