Winning Water From Waste

Water is perhaps our most precious resource, with only 1 per cent of all the water on the planet being drinkable.

Since the fall of the Roman empire there wasn’t much new in water treatment development, that was until the early 19th century when John Gibb supplied the entire city of Paisley, Scotland with a water supply. Shortly after, in 1806, Paris operated a large water treatment plant, filtering water through sand and charcoal to be replaced ever six  hours. In 1827, Englishman James Simpson built a sand filter for drinking water purification. Today, we still call this the number one tribute to public health.

And along came Voltea

Since 2009 Voltea has been the market-leading manufacturer of Membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI©) technology delivering electrochemical water-conditioning solutions to commercial and industrial customers.

Winning Water From Waste

Winning Water From Waste

Partnering in innovation

Voltea, has now expanded its reach into South America with an installation at the Catholic University of Northern Chile (UCN) – Antofagasta Campus located in Chile’s Antofagasta Region II, near the renowned Atacama desert, the driest place on earth.

For this specific install, the university purchased Voltea’s DK Unit for the Research and Technology Centre of Water of the Desert (Ceitzasa) to perform several research and development studies of various applications, including treatment of low brackish water (0.5 - 5 mS/cm) with silica, hydroponics, waste streams reuse, and boron and arsenic removal.

For this specific install, the university purchased Voltea’s DK Unit for the Research and Technology Centre of Water of the Desert (Ceitzasa) to perform several research and development studies of various applications, including treatment of low brackish water (0.5 - 5 mS/cm) with silica, hydroponics, waste streams reuse, and boron and arsenic removal.

Applying CapDI in mining applications

One of Ceitzasa’s missions is to evaluate sustainable water technologies that offer the highest efficiency plus the lowest environmental footprint. Ceitzasa has partnered with public institutions and private companies involved in the mining sector to quantify and qualify removal rates of specific ions present in water from various sources, and their application in several mining processes. Deionization for mining applications is the first step for Voltea to validate the benefits of membrane CapDI technology in this market segment, in addition to acquiring a new reference in this part of the globe.

“Voltea continues to partner with universities from around the world that are interested in exploring the benefits of CapDI technology for water purification,” explains Carlos Camero, Sr. VP Global Sales of Voltea.  “We look forward to working with Ceitzasa, UCN and other academic institutions in years to come. It’s important to help our partners reach their high standards and validating proven cost-effective solutions for water purification that are friendly to the environment like CapDI.”

Winner best new technology award - 2010

Voltea's CapDI© systems remove ions from water using electricity at a lower economic and environmental cost than any other available technology. Voltea was recognized as one of the 21 Technology Pioneers 2013 at the World Economic Forum, listed in the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 and won the best new technology award at the 2010 Global Water Summit.

Connecting people, technologies and ideas

The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.