Trout inspire water treatment system

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Watreco’s water treatement products use the patented Vortex Generator and the technology platform VPT (Vortex Process Technology) to create energy-efficient, low-cost solutions for several water treatment problems. The system essentially works by causing water to quickly swirl down an ever-tightening coil of channels. This forces contaminants and/or air bubbles (depending on the application) into a column in the center of the swirling water. At the end of the process a vacuum quickly sucks this column out, leaving water with the desired properties behind.

Key Differentiators

The Vortex Generator devices use no moving parts and very little external power to solve an array of water-related issues. The REALice product treats water so that it contains fewer small micro bubbles of air which reduces the insulating capacity of the ice and yields lower energy consumption and better quality ice at ice rinks. The Limeteq product uses the Vortex Generator to change the structure of the lime crystals in water from calcite to aragonite, causing significantly less limescale build-up leading to longer-lasting pipes and reduced usage of harmful cleaning chemicals. In the Greenteq product, the viscosity of water is lowered and the molecules are structured in a suitable form so that plants can utilize the water more efficiently. This technology can also be used to remove contaminants from water in an effective and energy-efficient way.

Biomimicry Story

The Vortex Generator was inspired by a trout’s ability to hold steady in the current of a river or stream. Water rushing into a trout’s mouth is forced into ever-tightening vortices as it passes through the gills and back into the current. This allows the trout to hold steady even in inconsistent or violent flows.

Challenges Solved

Inefficient ice formation and retention; limescale build-up in water transportation systems; inefficient water filtration and purification; use of chemicals and detergents for pipe cleaning; poor water quality for plant growth

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