Wastewater Treatment Today
Water security and re-use is a strategic issue for water-intensive industries since all wastewaters contain a combination of biodegradable and toxic non-biodegradable, recalcitrant organics. Toxic organics such as phenols, aromatics, acids, dyes, and pharmaceuticals are an increasingly expensive problem in wastewater treatment that cannot be cost effectively treated using conventional technologies. Effluent with these organics cannot be re-used and is increasingly subject to tougher regulation.
Today’s incumbent wastewater systems are complex, expensive, and often ineffective at treating organic pollutants. Biological systems cannot effectively treat high concentration of toxic, recalcitrant organics. Chemical oxidation processes are prohibitively expensive. Additionally, both biological and chemical processes require chemicals and produce sludge, which must be disposed of at a high cost. For industrial customers, this means the following significant and costly pain points:
- Production bottlenecks,
- Higher equipment maintenance and operating costs,
- Higher wastewater permit and discharge fees,
- Higher water supply costs,
- Higher costs of sludge disposal,
- Limits to expansion.
Our Approach – The Cleanest Water at the Lowest CostTM
Axine’sTM breakthrough technology is aimed directly at solving these persistent and expensive multi-million dollar problems faced by owners and operators of industrial wastewater treatment plants.
Leveraging advances in electrochemical technologies, catalyst design, and unit cell architecture, Axine has developed a radically different approach for treating a wide range of wastewater pollutants at low cost and low energy consumption. The result is a unique technology with the potential to establish a new standard for cost and performance.
How We’re Different
Unlike conventional chemical, biological or electrochemical processes, our technology treats high concentrations of dissolved toxic and biodegradable organics, ammonia, pathogens, and some inorganics in a single step with no chemicals, low energy consumption and without producing sludge. The process is continuous and because it can disinfect wastewater and treats ammonia, it can eliminate the need for specialized equipment to perform these functions. Unlike other electrochemical processes, wastewater does not flow between the cathode and the anode. Wastewater contacts the anode only. Therefore, it does not require a supporting electrolyte and our low-cost electrodes do not experience fouling or deterioration. The technology is highly modular and scalable with a small footprint and low manufacturing cost making it an exceptionally versatile alternative to other wastewater treatment processes.