Global Energetix is a Kingston, Ontario-based company committed to alternative energy sources. With international marketing and distribution presence in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa with patented technologies where Global Energetix holds interest, the company is currently at the patent stage for its newest technology and looking to make waves with its electrochemical water treatment solution.
The time to update traditional approaches to water and wastewater treatment is now, according to Michel Alarcon, President and CEO of the company. The company’s transformative treatment technology, the Electrochemical Fluid Processor (EFP), has the potential to control pH levels while minimizing energy costs for municipal and industrial users.
“Conventional treatment solutions use chemicals that can cause harm to the environment,” Alarcon says. “Our electrochemical treatment technology offers a chemical-free alternative that effectively disinfects water and removes suspended solids in municipal and industrial applications.”
The early-stage, recently founded Kingston-based company offers an electrochemical fluid treatment solution that achieves complete pH level control with very low energy inputs. Changing the pH levels in a water treatment system disrupts the cell metabolism of pathogens and helps control microbe populations, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia, which can be resistant to some forms of chemical disinfection.
The technology also enables flocculation of suspended solids by adjusting the pH level of the fluid which neutralizes the charge on the particles. This causes them to rise to the surface or settle to the bottom which aids in their removal.
Pilot testing with university partners
Global Energetix has developed a proof-of-concept prototype and is currently in the pilot testing phase. The university pilot project is slated for completion in October 2018.
“We started working with a university and a utility on a pilot project in April 2018,” Alarcon says. “The first phase of the pilot will test our solution’s disinfection treatment ability for the water that comes into a water treatment plant, while the second phase will treat wastewater before it is released back into the environment.”
“The pilot project will validate our technology’s ability to provide energy savings in municipal applications,” he says. “We are anticipating that our solution will be able to treat 18 million litres of water using one kilowatt hour of energy, which is equivalent to 1,000 watts. To put that into perspective, the average light bulb uses about 60 watts of energy.”
During this pilot project, Global Energetix is working with Dr. Pascale Champagne, a Professor at Queen’s University and Canada Research Chair of Bioresources Engineering, as well as doctoral students, in order to validate the increased disinfection capabilities of its EFP technology. The project will also verify the chemical savings that can be achieved in water and wastewater treatment plants by using this solution.
“This type of partnership can be really beneficial for both water technology companies and academic institutions,” Alarcon says. “Data analysis undertaken by post-secondary institutions, such as Queen’s University, validates the performance of technologies such as ours. They also provide researchers with information to write academic papers and other forms of literature to increase knowledge in the sector about how resources can be used more efficiently.”
Scaling up through licensing and joint ventures
Establishing strategic partnerships is key while Global Energetix works on the pilot projects in Kingston. “We are hoping to launch our technology in Ontario through licensing agreements and joint ventures,” Alarcon says. “Our initial focus will target water and wastewater treatment plants in 14 municipalities.”
Ontario is not the only market in mind for the company. “Once we have established ourselves in our home province, we will begin reaching out to municipalities and industrial users in Quebec and then eventually the rest of Canada,” he says. “We also plan to export our solution to the United States, Middle East, and Africa.”
“As the pressure to mitigate the effects of climate change increases around the world, there is an opportunity for water treatment processes such as ours to use resources like energy more efficiently,” Alarcon says. “With this solution that reduces energy and chemical consumption, we can also contribute to reducing the associated carbon emissions.”
Josh Chong is a communications strategist at WaterTAP.