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World Water-Tech highlights new businesses

September 11, 2018  By Ground Water Canada

World Water-Tech North America is staged to help water utilities find solutions to the challenges of digitization, resource recovery and infrastructure finance.

Toronto – World Water-Tech North America has selected six Canadian and U.S. start-up companies to present new technologies and innovations at the summit Oct. 24-25.

The companies will present in the technology showcase sessions to an audience of more than 250 international water professionals, including technology integrators, engineers, utilities and investors.

A new addition to this year’s event is the Start-Up TechHub, where companies have a dedicated space within the exhibition and networking area to showcase their innovative technologies, World Water-Tech said in a news release.


Start-up companies for 2018:

Aqaix (U.S.), a cloud platform, uses data and advanced technologies such as AI and blockchain smart contracts in the field of water infrastructure financing. Asset investors can improve profitability through more deals, elimination of risk, and more efficient screening, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring where originators have faster access to more capital.

Aquacycl (U.S.) provides technology for onsite wastewater treatment plants that can eliminate up to 80 per cent of primary sludge, recover energy as direct electricity (no methane), and enable onsite water reuse at operational costs of 50 to 95 per cent lower than existing technologies. The company provides systems through competitive equipment leasing and service plans.

Aquanty (Canada) is a spin-off company from the University of Waterloo specializing in advanced computer simulations of how water and contaminants move through the terrestrial environment. Its 3-D simulation platform, HydroGeoSphere, is used to inform decision makers in sectors such as agriculture, oil and gas, mining, watershed management and nuclear waste storage. When deployed in forecasting mode, the platform is used to provide real-time probabilistic forecasts of stream flow, soil moisture and ground water levels.

PowerTech Water (U.S.) is a cleantech company providing innovative solutions to water treatment through an environmentally friendly electrochemical technology platform. The company develops and commercializes technologies converging on water and energy. It currently has three products for the residential, commercial and industrial markets: INCION I-Series, a capacitive deionization system to remove total dissolved solids; INCION M-Series, a capacitive coagulation system to remove dissolved and particulate metals; and INCION C-Series, an electro-dechlorination system. The systems operate without the use of membranes, chemicals, or consumables.

Swirltex (Canada) is a patented process that manipulates the buoyancy of a liquid stream and uses a spiral flow pattern through a tubular membrane to treat wastewater. Its “filtration as a service” business model is designed as an affordable option for smaller urban environments that cannot afford large capital expenses and creates marketable reuse water for customers. Its initial target market is municipal lagoons at risk of environmental non-compliance.

Water Pigeon (U.S.) delivers high-resolution water usage data automatically with a proprietary, optical system that can be installed in minutes and at half of the cost of current systems. The system allows utilities to make better decisions through the power of high-resolution water usage information. Water Pigeon is deployed at three utilities in Southern California and is expanding its market.

World Water-Tech North America is staged to help water utilities find solutions to the challenges of digitization, resource recovery and infrastructure finance.

The summit is also the anchor event of Ontario Water Innovation Week (OnWIN), a program of networking events.

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