Water and air are embedded in all of our economic, social and spiritual involvements across the globe.

Consider this

Water and air are at the heart of all life. They are embedded in all of our economic, social and spiritual involvements across the globe. By disaggregating these from their essential tasks we will have misused these most vital of resources. Think of it as something that can be owned. But with ownership comes responsibility.

Let’s consider water. Managed incorrectly there will be laws and practices that encourage water waste, overuse and pollution. As a result, this reinforces class, race and gender inequality because of a lack of access. We live on a water rich planet that has one global water cycle. Should that cycle be broken – negatively affected by chemical pollution, the previously unheard of and accelerated loss of biodiversity, nutrient increases that break the nitrogen and phosphate circle, the over-exploitation of our natural landscapes, an increase of desertification, stratospheric ozone depletion and ocean acidification – estuary, salt and freshwater ecosystems will collapse and climate change will be a fact.

Then consider a solution

Just one of many – a mobile waste water treatment facility.

Optineo Group is currently developing a mobile unit that handles waste water containing large amounts of suspended solids and heavy metals. Suspended solids cause the water to have increased turbidity which reduces its transparency. Water with high turbidity often occurs at industrial sites with operations such as mining, construction or blasting and can reach values up to 1000 NTU. A typical discharge standard is around >10 NTU, which means that the turbidity in the water must be reduced.

The technology behind the mobile waste water plant is based on an organic polymer that binds to the suspended solids, causing these to cluster together and sink to the bottom. This process is known as coagulation and flocculation where coagulation means that the charge of the particles are neutralized which allows them to bind together in a process known as flocculation. By clustering the suspended solids into larger particles it is easier to separate them from the water.

There are many ways to separate particles from water. Conventional methods involve sand filtration or “dead end” filtration using a membrane with micro- or nano-sized pores. “Dead end” filtration means that the membrane is positioned at the end of a pipe, perpendicular to the flow of the water. With these filtration methods the filters quickly become clogged due to the large amounts of suspended solids in the water. We are striving to reduce the amount of service needed to clean the filters and are working with a membrane that allows the water to flow parallel to the filter. This lets the clean water pass through the membrane while larger particles continue in the direction of the flow, known as a cross-flow filtration. By using this method the downtime for cleaning procedures is greatly reduced and the lifetime of the filters will be increased.

Furthermore, the industries producing waste water desperately want to be able to measure the heavy metal concentrations in the treated water in order to assure that no illegal waste is being deposited. A water sample sent to a lab can take several days or weeks to analyze and that will lead to large amounts of downtime. Here, we want to be able to continuously measure the concentration of specific heavy metals in order to reduce that downtime and keep production at a maximum. This is solved by using continuous heavy metal sensors located within the plant itself which constantly monitor contamination levels.

Optineo Laboratories R&D

In Sweden, we use more than 1,000 active substances in approximately 7,600 different drugs. Pharmaceuticals are divided into different ATC codes (the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System) depending on the effect they have. Group C (Cardiovascular Agents), group A (Alimentary Tract and Metabolism) and group N (drugs used to combat diseases of the nervous system). These are the largest groups.
Their definitions are based on statistics of sold quantities of different drugs rated in dollars and in DDD (Defined Daily Dose) which is the normal dose for these kinds of drug intake. Basically, DDD defines what is more commonly termed as a “recommended dose”.

Some substances such as ointments, infusion fluids, even toothpastes and veterinary medicines can lack a DDD specification. The first adverse environmental effects which can partly be attributed to the introduction of drugs into the marine eco system were discovered in English rivers by anglers in the early 1990s. They were catching almost only female fish. Well in fact, many of these proved to be transgendered – both male and female. Antibiotics entering our sensitive ecosystems also contribute to multidrug-resistant bacteria which evolve and spread with disastrous consequences.
In contemporary sewage treatment plants many pharmaceutical substances are broken down, but these plants are not primarily built to reduce these levels resulting in drug residues and other chemicals being released back into our eco system.

That is why the Optineo Laboratories organization intends to build lattice expertise in the area of drug and particle separation in raw water and wastewater.

Electrostatic high voltage water filtration

Our research involves an electrostatic high voltage water filtration system in order to reduce pharmaceutical residues. In existing wastewater treatment plants, this is simply not possible. Drug residues are excreted mainly through urine. This means that urine may need to be separated and removed before it enters the treatment plant process. By this reasoning, steps should be taken to reduce drug residues and other hazardous substances from entering sewage treatment plants. Apply this technology to a wider problem and there are remedies for which we can create a new order in water purification.

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