Revolutionizing Water Treatment
We’re listening to the sounds of a invention that could revolutionize the way we treat contaminated water. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.
Sorber: That is the blower that is moving the air through the system that enables the evaporation to occur with this tornadic device.
Karen Sorber is Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Micronic Technologies. The Tornadic One Pass was designed to create a tornado-like vortex which vaporize the water and removes waste products.
Sorber: We have a system now that has been designed and engineered at 1500 gallons a day to take contaminants out of the water. It is definitely scalable. This system is going to the EPA for test and evaluation, and as we go and commercialize over the next year we hope to have clients that want to scale it to 5000 and 20,000 gallons a day.
Clearly our technology has a worldwide potential market. We’re starting in the US however, and in that we’re focusing on two markets. One is the cheese processing market, where as you make Italian based cheeses, there’s a lot of salt that is used to brine the cheese. We can take that very high 280,000 ppm and get it down to 100. And the company can reuse the water. And landfills have all kinds of contaminants — metal, bacteria. We can treat that water as well. It is significantly impacted these days because of storm events.
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.