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Process overview

The beauty of process design lies in the simplicity. Our core tehnology is AxoPur® whereby dirty waters are separated into clean water and a small amount of solid floc. The driving force is electricity. The process leaves no loads of hard-to-handle sludge, no concentrate flow to take care of, but water that is often cleaner than after using other technologies. Even emulsified oils, fats and grease are removed with extreme efficiency – just like any kind of living matter. And it all takes place in just a short moment.

 

Electricity is used to liberate metal ion coagulants from a sacrificing electrode. Both the electric field and the metal ions assist in the cleaning process. A small amount of hydrogen gas is also released and benefitted from when the contaminants are lifted to the surface in a  flotation process and then separated from the water.

 

The consumables in the process thus are (by decreasing order of importance):

  • Sacrificing electrodes
  • (Green) electricity
  • Flocculating aids
  • Acid/Base for pH adjustment

 

The contaminants are separated from the water not in the form of a concentrate flow or a bulky sludge – but in the form of a minimal amount of a floc. This floc has a particular feature in its ability to largely self-drain and is suitable for mechanical pressing in order to reach a high solids content.

 

We advocate the use of green electricity to power our technologies for the sake of a sustainable future.

 

The beauty of our process lies in its simplicity!

“Our process is as simple as it is brilliant”

Dr. Martin Ragnar

Business model

We are a system provider solving your problems by means of:

  • AxoPur®  – our core proprietary purification technology
  • AxoPlus™ – auxilliary purification technologies for certain specific needs
  • KnowHow – not only about our technology, but in-depth understanding of the real life of a process industry

Doing business with us usually precedes through the following steps:

  • Meeting to understand your needs and to present our capabilities
  • Your expression of interest and signing of a confidentiality agreement
  • Testing of your water to design a technical solution
  • Design trial in pilot scale at your site
  • Signing of commercial contract
  • Installation
  • Service relation

Testing

Every water is uniques in its composition and thereby in its exact behaviour in a process. Accordingly, testing of your water is an integral part of our business with you. We have test equipment both in bench-scale (flow rate capacity 50 l/h) and in pilot scale (flow rate capacity 5002000 l/h), both of which are portable/mobile. For testing of waters believed to be stable over time testing in our facilities in Landvetter/Helsinki is adviced, whereas waters e.g. with high biological activity usually should be tested on-site. Bench-scale testing provides a fair answer to the applicabilaty of our technology to your water. Pilot-scale testing also provides data necessary for system design in your case. We charge cost-coverage for testing – costs that could be credited upon a purchase.

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Technology

Our core technology, AxoPur®, is based on the principles for electrocoagulation – an invention of the early 20th century that required a century to mature and become relevant. It is easy to demonstrate the basic features of electrocoagulation in the laboratory. The challenge for its commercial utilisation instead lies in factors like making the process continuous, providing a robust design and scaling up the process. We have invested in these fields to develop our AxoPur system, which now is available in a fully-automated version and designs suitable for flows in the rough range from 1 to 50 m³/h.

Applications

Metals and oil
Quite often (transition/heavy) metal ions end up in a flow where also oil/fat/grease prevails. This could happen in many industries, e.g. in a coating industry (coating of paper/board or coating/plating of metals), metal working industry, in a car/bus/train wash, as storm-water at harbours or industrieal sites or in a tannery. The combination of metals and oil is an easy task for us to remove, whereas few competing technologies prevail.

 

 

 

Contaminants in salt water
Sometimes there is a desire to remove everything but salt from a salt water flow. This could typically be the case in the farming of salt-water fish, but also in the case of the purification of dissolved ash from a furnace or in the cleaning of an electrolyte. We could selectively remove most impurities from a salt water, leaving the salt in the flow – something few other technologies easily can do.

 

 

 

Hazardous wastewaters
Hazardous wastewaters are often made up of a large number of more or less well-known contaminants. In order to clean this safely, technologies with a particularly broad spectrum cleaning are particularly suitable. There are companies specializing in the safe handling of hazardous wastewaters, but such waters also occur e.g. as leachate from dumps. Our technology is one of few suited for this advanced total cleaning.

 

 

 

Others
Generally speaking our technology easily and efficiently removes suspended solids, transition metal ions, emulsified/disperesed oil/fat/grease, phosphorus and most dissolved substances of some size. This opens the door to many more applications than the above, e.g. within food processing (e.g. slaughterhouses – usually phosphorus, fat, protein and blood), chemical industry, oil processing, (bio-)fuel manufacturing/handling, algae harvesting and processing, fertilizer upgrading (selective removal of cadmium), phosphorus recycling and many more.

 

 

 

Emerging pollutants
Emerging pollutants is a notion to cover contaminants commonly not measured in wastewater flows but at the same time being of an increasing concern. Here we find substances like PFAS, microplastics, medical residues and others. Our technology proves capable of removing many of the contaminants found in this group as well, although thorough testing is always necessary required here and analytical methods to evaluate the removal is sometimes a challenge.