“The Texas A&M University System is a leader in water technology in our agriculture and engineering programs. We are excited to partner with Siemens, a worldwide leader in technology, to commercialize and advance this technology which could have significant benefits to water and wastewater treatment,” said John Sharp, A&M system chancellor.
In a single process unaffected by temperature or pH-levels, the technology can remove selenium, mercury, zinc, copper, chromium and other heavy metals as well as metalloids to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits.
The commercialized system is being designed to occupy a smaller footprint than current remediation treatment systems to reduce capital expense and to operate more efficiently in a wider range of environments.
“AgriLife Research looks forward to further developing and commercializing its novel chemical process and reactor with a world leader such as Siemens Water Technologies,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife research director. “We are confident that our partnership with Siemens will yield environmental and economic benefits across multiple industries.”
“Industrial operators are seeking new solutions to meet heavy metal remediation challenges and regulatory requirements,” said Dr. Lukas Loeffler, Siemens water technologies CEO. “The agreements between AgriLife Research and Siemens Water Technologies will help develop a solution to meet this need and is another example to our commitment to innovation and industry leadership through research and development.”