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Dutch company that developed a solar-powered system to monitor, predict and control algae using sound waves in large water surfaces seeks sales agents

Country of origin:
Country: 
NETHERLANDS
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BONL20200211001
Published
17/02/2020
Last update
21/02/2020
Expiration date
21/02/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Knowledge Management, Process Management
Soil and Groundwater Pollution
Drinking Water
Water Resources Management
Operating systems and utilities
Water treatment equipment and waste disposal systems
Water, sewerage, chemical and solid waste treatment plants
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Summary

Summary: 
A Dutch manufacturer has developed an innovative system to monitor, predict and control algae (including the toxic blue-green algae) with the use of ultrasound in many large water surfaces such as lakes, ponds and drinking water reservoirs. The manufacturer is offering a commercial agency agreement (with technical assistance) to companies with expertise and a network in the water sector.

Description

Description: 

The Dutch manufacturer, is a privately owned company with the mission to eliminate harmful chemicals in the environment.
Therefore, the company developed a chemical-free technology that controls algae and prevents biofouling
growth in lakes, reservoirs, treatment plants, and other applications by making use of specific ultrasonic sound
waves.

The company has been coordinator in various European projects and has won several innovation awards.

Ultrasound technology
The technology, offered by the Dutch manufacturer, is unique in combining online water quality monitoring, web-based software and ultrasonic technology to provide an environmentally and state-of-the-art treatment against algae which allows the treatment of different types of algae and to treat large water surfaces.

The algae control devices from the Dutch company are underwater systems that emit ultrasound waves in order to control common types of algae, including the toxic blue-green algae, powered by solar energy. They are developed in collaboration with several renowned universities and research institutes.

The effects of the ultrasonic algae control products have been tested by various universities and are proven to be safe for humans, fish, plants, zooplankton, and insects.

How the company uses online water quality monitoring to control algae?

1. Monitor water quality
In lakes and bigger ponds the presence of different algae species is in a state of constant change. Therefore it is important to monitor the presence of the current algae species in order to optimize the treatment. It gives a complete overview of the water quality by collecting the following parameters every 10 minutes: Chlorophyll α (green algae), Phycocyanin (blue-green algae), pH, Turbidity, Dissolved Oxygen, and Temperature.

2. Predict algae blooms
The collected data is delivered in real time via radio, GPRS, or 3G to a web-based software. Based on our developed algorithm we are able to modify the ultrasonic program to the specific water conditions and predict an algal blooms a few days ahead.

3. Control algae
Based on the received information, the ultrasonic program can be activated according to the water conditions and type of algae present. This way, it is possible to eliminate existing algae and prevent the growth of new algae.

The Dutch manufacturer is looking for trusted partners/agents with experience and a network in water (e.g. lakes, ponds, drinking water reservoirs and/or irrigation reservoirs), water treatment plants and/or cooling towers. The partner will be offered a commercial agency agreement and will be responsible for selling and promotion and provide after-sales services and technical support.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Present environmentally friendly methods to control algae (e.g. aeration and UV lighting) require a power supply from shore, either via electrical cables or air pipes. These methods reduce the coverage range and require costly installation. This Dutch company's technology is self-supporting of power by using solar energy which allows the treatment of lakes and bigger ponds. Controlling algae with ultrasound is a well-established technology that exists for many years. It is an environmentally-friendly technology which is harmless for fish and plants. This technology is unique in combining online water quality monitoring, web-based software and ultrasonic technology to provide an environmentally and state-of-the-art treatment against algae which allows the treatment of different types of algae and to treat large water surfaces. Advantages: - Environmentally friendly: Safe for fish, plants, zooplankton, insects and requires low power consumption (5-20 Watt). - Effective on larger water surfaces: up to 500m/1600ft in diameter. Multiple can be installed for large water surfaces. - Remote control monitoring to prevent frequent visits - Solar-powered system to treat larger lakes and bigger ponds - No release of toxins\ - Can be deployed quickly and easily without the need for a crane. The system is easily accessible for easy maintenance while deployed.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Dutch manufacturer is looking for agents with experience and a network in water (e.g. lakes, ponds, drinking water reservoirs and/or irrigation reservoirs), water treatment plants and/or cooling towers. The partner should have technical capabilities and existing customer relationships. The partner will promote, sell, provide after-sales services and technical support to local customers (commercial agency agreement).

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500