Partnering opportunity

Device for removal of hydrogen sulphide and sulphide sulphur from the water

Summary

A Czech university developed device capable for removing hydrogen sulphide and sulphide sulphur from groundwater. The device is designed for normal water flow in households and small and medium businesses. The university is looking for industrial partners able to produce and distribute the device. The university is offering license or research cooperation agreements.

Partner expertise sought

The sought partner should be SME from industrial sector. License agreement is offered to a company, which is able to produce the final product and distribute it to the final customer. Czech SME will only take a fee for selling the license, new licensee can handle the product and the rights freely and without other restrictions. Partnership via research cooperation agreement is imagined in form of other University or a research centre, that will cooperate on the project, develop the product and finalize it for sale on the market. SME will get the agreement as a 50/50 research partner and the income will be splited according the share which will be discussed.

Description

Developed device is able to remove hydrogen sulphide and sulphide sulphur from groundwater. Hydrogen sulphide and sulphide sulphur occur mainly in groundwater with deep circulation which at one point came into anaerobic conditions. The removal of contaminants is based on membrane process, where contaminants pass from water through pores of hollow fibers membrane, and then are released into the air and led outside of the device. Depending on the location of the device, the contaminants are released directly into the air or are lead from house area to outside air. The device in the form of a construction kit is designed in several basic modules for a variety of practical uses depending on the desired maximum flow rate and efficiency. The equipment includes a vacuum pump. The device is capable of reducing the concentration of contaminants in the water to a level that meets the odor index. The device is designed for normal water flow in households, i.e. approx. 0,2 l.s-1. The spatial requirements enable to install the device in the facility area of the house. The university is looking for industrial and business partners among small and medium companies interested in production and distribution of the device. University offers license and research cooperation agreement and is ready to work together with interested partners on exploratory research or only to transfer the rights for use of device.

Advantages and innovations

The modular nature of the device allows the user to adapt it to the desired maximum flow rate and efficiency. The efficiency of the decontamination process is increased due to the innovative design of the contactor head. This device reduces energy consumption, space demands, price of the final device and operating costs. The main benefit for potential users is improvement in organoleptic properties of water as well as possibility to connect the device to a household water system without losing pressure (case of aeration technologies).

Development stage

Prototype available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

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