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Contract to Extend Application of Ultraviolet Treatment to Include Organic Micropollutant Destruction from Municipal Drinking Water Supplies
Trojan Technologies Inc. (TSE/TUV) announced an agreement with N.V. PWN Water Supply Company North-Holland ("PWN") to collaborate in the research, design, optimization and installation of ultraviolet ("UV") treatment systems. These systems will provide both primary disinfection as well as an additional barrier against organic micropollutants, including herbicides and pesticides. Ultraviolet technology, in combination with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in a process called Advanced Oxidation, has been proven to effectively and efficiently destroy harmful organic contaminants from water and wastewater.
"Drinking water contamination is a growing global concern," said Hank Vander Laan, President and CEO of Trojan Technologies. "We are extremely pleased to have established this relationship with PWN, a recognized leader in the treatment and supply of top quality drinking water in Europe, to implement a lasting solution to a difficult micropollutant problem. Global awareness of contaminant pollution continues to grow and it is important that we develop and prove new solutions to these risks. We believe that as the public and governments embrace the need for more advanced treatment of drinking water, a very significant market will emerge."
The project, expected to be completed over a 2.5-year period, has three phases. The first two phases are extensive joint R&D phases involving piloting and prototype testing at a major municipal drinking water treatment plant in the Netherlands. PWN have conducted research on the effectiveness of ultraviolet light and advanced oxidation for over five years. The combined effort, leveraging the unique expertise of both parties, will optimize the configuration of the final design. The third phase is the final equipment manufacture, delivery and installation of UV disinfection and advanced oxidation equipment. The agreement provides that Trojan retain all intellectual property rights associated with the project.
The drinking water treatment plant, located at Andijk, the Netherlands, serves approximately 500,000 people and treats approximately 25 million cubic metres of water per year. It is expected to be the largest installation involving UV technology in Europe and is the first of its kind to treat micropollutants.
"Ultraviolet systems have, for some time, been proven as an effective barrier against a wide range of pathogens, including E.coli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia," said Marvin DeVries, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Trojan Technologies. "This project will optimize the design of a UV treatment system, using Advanced Oxidation, that will effectively treat a much wider range of contaminants, that, with extended exposure, may be harmful to human health."