AqWise Biologically Purifies Sewage and Effluents
AqWise is developing plastic elements for biological treatment of water.
The purification solution is based on unique, economical, and innovative biological treatment Attached Growth Airlift Reactor(AGAR) technology, which combines a specially structured biomass carrier with a special aeration system.
Aqwise AGAR® (Attached Growth Airlift Reactor) technology is a proprieatry process that utilizes biofilm grown on carrier media which aerobically degrade soluble organic pollutants in wastewater.
The AGAR® MBBR (Moving Bed Biological Reactor) technology is a simple, single-through process, where all biological activity takes place on the biomass carriers. This process prevents sludge recycle from a secondary clarifier.
MBBR technology is robust and reduces soluble pollutants with minimal process complexity. MBBR solutions also utilize a significantly smaller physical footprint compared to conventional aerobic treatment methods. MBBR is typically used for either high load industrial applications, as stand-alone or as a buffer stage, as well as for robust simple-to-operate municipal facilities.
"In recent years," Frenkel says, "we have installed the system in hundreds of places around the world in a variety of industries, such as food, beverages, pharma, and paper." One of the known water sources treated by the company is the Agra River near the Taj Mahal.
"A few months ago, President Reuven Rivlin visited India," Frenkel says. "He came to our facility there, which helps provide clean water for two million people. What we're doing in India and other countries dramatically improves people's lives."
In addition to managing AqWise, Frenkel is also the chairman of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute water section. He says that the water sector in Israel has been growing by double-digit percentages for the past decade, reflected in an impressive rise in exports from $800 million annually a decade ago to $2 billion a year at present.
The technology of AqWise and other companies is arousing great interest among developing countries. Frenkel explains that one of the water industry's challenges is strengthening the ecosystem. He says that nearly 100 startups are operating in Israel, in addition to relatively mature companies, but complains that there are too few growth companies that already have a product and sales, but have not yet achieved a breakthrough.
AqWise's success depends to a large extent on global regulation. China and India are adopting, each of them separately, standards designed to prevent pollution. Regulatory discourse is not confined to developing countries; clean technologies are also relevant in the US and Europe. AqWise provides services to large corporations, such as Coca Cola, Unilever, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Perrigo Company and Nestle.
Sources: AqWise and Globes