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Companies can now treat waste with just water!

Chitra Unnithan  |  Mumbai/ Ahmedabad 

The concept of green laundry has taken an innovative form with UK-based Advanced Oxidation Ltd launching a unique technology to generate water for various applications. The technology has been developed into a machine, which is made out of diamond electrode encased in special polymer materials that can generate high electricity to charge water for industry laundry, sterlising and can also treat pharma and chemical waste.

The product will be marketed in India by Ahmedabad based Alps Chemicals Pvt Ltd.

The patent product, called Diamox Reactor, promotes the concept of ‘green laundry’ for industry by enabling the use of the highly-charged water for upto 10 times for various applications. "The body of the machine is made out of five inches of pure diamond electrode wafers mounted on a special alloy. Once the water circulates from the reactor, it comes out charged enough to wash off stains like tea, turmeric and pickle stains from clothes without using detergent. The same water can be reused to treat hard-to-treat waste such as petrochemical and dyestuff and can then be used as a disinfectant if sprayed over any surface. All this is done without using any chemical as just spraying the water can kill bacteria," says Chinmay Bhuta, VP - Operations, Alps Chemicals.

The company is currently undertaking research to learn if water generated from the product can kill malaraial eggs, in a tie-up with Nottingham University. The product has been developed after conducting trials in Europe, where sewage water has been treated and turned to safe drinking water. The company is working on making the product applicable to the food industry and has applied for patent, according to Bhuta.

The water once highly charged stays charged for four to five days after which it becomes normal water. "The cost to the company depends on the effluent. If a company wants to treat something very toxic, the cost will be higher than that of treating lesser toxic waste," Bhuta said.

Alps Chemicals will be showcasing the technology at the India Chem Gujarat 2009 to be held in Ahmedabad between December 12 and 14, 2009. A manufacturer of acid, direct and solvent dyes, the company has two manufacturing units in the industrial area of Vatva, Ahmedabad with a total annual capacity of 4000 metric tonnes of powder dyes.

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First Published: Mon, December 14 2009. 00:46 IST