AquiSense Technologies announced that it signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Washington University and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further advance the development of UV LED disinfection systems.
As part of the CRADA partnership, AquiSense is collaborating with US EPA researchers at the National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) and Washington University’s Department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The research and development partnership intends to design, fabricate, and test an integrated water treatment system incorporating ultraviolet LED (UV LED) disinfection and filtration technologies.
The developers hope to create an integrated device that will operate with higher flow rates and meet more challenging water quality standards than commercial systems currently available. The NHSRC is particularly intent on devising a rugged and quickly deployable emergency water treatment systems that can deliver safe water after natural and human-caused incidents.
“We are excited to participate in this development agreement as it showcases patented AquiSense technology and allows the expansion of UV LED disinfection technology to new application areas including; small community water and wastewater systems and a variety of industrial solutions,” said AquiSense CEO, Oliver Lawal. “The agreement we have announced today further reinforces our ability to maintain this leadership position as our UV-C LED technologies will be optimized for more challenging water treatment scenarios.”
Other AquiSense Research Collaborations
In addition to the announcement, AquiSense says it is currently participating in numerous other innovative research collaborations. According to AquiSense, over 40 laboratories worldwide use the cutting-edge UV-C LED research equipment including the PearlBeam collimated beam device to advance the understanding and application of UV-C LEDs in numerous critical human and environmental projects.
For example, the company is closely cooperating in field studies with separate groups at University of Colorado at Boulder and Dalhousie University, as part of the Biocontamination Integrated Control for Wet Systems for Space Exploration (BIOWYSE) project. The BIOWYSE project intends to address biocontamination issues on the International Space Station (ISS).