BLH Aqua Technology Aqutonix

Technology Description

Electric-field water efficiency enhancer separates water molecules using an electric field for increased uptake through cell membranes.

Technology Stage

Commercial in Korea since 2015, expanding to US (proven technology, not yet widely adopted)

Technology Application(s)

On-site primary wastewater treatment

Place Aqutonix before biological treatment stage to facilitate increased growth rates of bacteria/activated sludge, leading to shorter residence periods.

Treat water before irrigation to improve crop uptake efficiency to

  • Improve germination rate 30%
  • Improve growth rate 32%
  • Increase yield 43%

Technology Benefits:

  1. Builds drought resilience
    • By increasing the water uptake rate of plants, reduce loss to evapotranspiration and percolation, increasing the efficiency of irrigation and recycled water programs, reducing water usage by 20-30%1
    • By reducing residence time, improves a facility’s flow rates and potentially recycled water production
  2. Supports electric reliability:
    • Reduces electric consumption (kWh)
    • Reduces electric demand (kW) – Electric Field generator only uses 350 W to process water.1
    • Efficient capture and treatment of biosolids at the source reduces escaped methane emissions.
  3. Reduces ratepayer costs:
    • Reducing retention time in biological processes effectively increases the capacity of a facility without major capital improvements, extending the time between major upgrades

1 http://aqutonix.com/results/

Current Status

Technology has not been used for water and wastewater treatment applications, but is hoping to expand into those markets. It has been successfully installed and benefits documented at 4 farms:

  • Seedling Nursery, Korea:
    • Seedlings were more disease resistant
    • 20-30% increased growth and germination
    • Seedlings grow about one week faster
  • Pear Farm, Korea:
    • Pears grew thicker and larger
  • Leafy Green Vegetable Farm, Korea:
    • Crops grew fast, larger, and with better quality
    • Greater pest resistance in plants
    • Absorbed the water better with less waste
    • 20% yield increase
  • Blueberry Farm, Korea:
    • Blueberry Farm, Korea.
    • Water usage reduced by 20-30%
    • Sugar content of blueberries increased

Data provided by Melissa Carvigant, BLH Aquatech