Tornadic One Pass
Access to clean water has become a major environmental challenge. A new technology that mimics the power of a tornado offers a possible solution. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.
Sorber: Billions of people don’t have access to clean water around the world. And in this country, 94% of the waste water from industry is not re-used.
Karen Sorber is Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Micronic Technologies.
Sorber: On a global scale the issues with wastewater are – children around the world are being exposed to pathogens that cause them chronic illnesses and death. In the United States we have industrial wastewater that’s being discharged into our tributaries that are causing problems to the fish and wildlife along tributaries and rivers. This can be changed. Micronic Technologies has developed an innovative technology called the Tornadic One Pass. And it does treat these very highly contaminated waters and does so by mimicking the pressures and power of a tornado just like you see in nature.
Air and wastewater go into a cylinder that has this very unique pod that has a geometric design that creates a tornado when the air and water hit it, and it immediately aerosolizes the water. And then that vapor comes back into clean water and waste comes out from the solids being shed. The tornadic activity is like nothing that exists in industry today
We’ll hear more on the Tornadic One Pass in future programs. Pulse of the Planet is made possible in part by the Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology and the National Science Foundation. I’m Jim Metzner.