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EPSRC Reference: EP/D503205/1
Title: Adsorption and Electrochemical Regeneration for Water Treatment
Principal Investigator: Roberts, Professor E
Other Investigators:
Garforth, Dr A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Nykin Developments Severn Trent Plc Group Simon-Hartley Ltd
Department: Chem Eng and Analytical Science
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Follow on Fund (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2005 Ends: 30 June 2006 Value (£): 57,587
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Separation Processes Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Environment Water
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This proposal is based on a novel carbon-based adsorbent material (Nyex) developed by our collaborators (Nykin Developments) which can be electrochemically regenerated. The use of this approach for the treatment of an effluent to remove colour has been demonstrated with operating costs in the order of 0.3 p M3, compared with a cost for alternative techniques of 2-6 p m3. The electrical cost of regenerating the Nyex electrochemically is around 3/t compared with -400/t for regeneration of activated carbon.We have identified a key market for this technology in the removal of low levels of toxic and non-biodegradable organics, such as Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs), for which there is no viable technology available. A demonstration cell is needed to market the technology in this area. This will enable direct marketing through on-site trials. In addition, a market evaluation will identify key opportunities so that the strategy is appropriately focussed, maximising the chances of success.
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