On October 23, 2019, the TCC held a workshop on Water Quality & Purification, hosted by Ecolab in Sugar Land.  At this workshop presentations were made on the latest water technology developments and unmet challenges.  During two interactive strategic challenge sessions, 28 areas of potential collaboration were identified (representatives from the organizations indicated may be interested in these opportunities):

  • Desalination:
    • Desalination of drinking & produced water
      [Rice, Texas A&M]

      • Objectives:  Lower cost, society benefits, reduce disposal
  • General industrial water challenges:
    • Collaboration of entrepreneurs & hi-tech
      [BioLargo, Water Lens, undisclosed life science company]
    • Confirm effectiveness of Advanced Oxidation Systems (AOS)
      [BioLargo, Oceaneering]

      • Objectives:  Confirm effectiveness of  advanced oxidation systems to specific contaminants in specific water
    • Iodine for biocide & H2S removal offshore oil & gas cooling towers
      [BioLargo, Ecolab/Nalco Champion]
    • Odor & VOC control in space
      [BioLargo, Oceaneering]

      • Objectives:  Can this become a recycle system?
    • Post spin pilot cooling tower
      [Ecolab/Nalco Champion]

      • Objectives:  Prevent biofilm, scale & corrosion; promote heat transfer
  • Recycle, reuse & reclamation:
    • Bio-electro oxidation technology for urine treatment
      [Oceaneering, undisclosed life science company]
    • Green pre-treat water monitoring system
      [undisclosed life science company]
    • Hi-efficiency filtration
      [Microconic technologies, undisclosed life science company]
    • Remove oil sheen from frac pits
      [Texas A&M]
    • Ultra high purity reverse osmosis (UHPRO): options & limitations
      [undisclosed life science company]

      • Objectives:  Exchange insights in UHPRO issues & potential solutions
    • Water pre-treatment to remove total dissolve solids
      [Micronic Technologies, Oceaneering, Water Lens, undisclosed life science company]
  • Water challenges in the energy sector:
    • Desalination to enable operational flexibility
      [Rice, Texas A&M]
    • Drilling completions vis-à-vis water management discover
      [Texas A&M]
    • H2S & disinfection using iodine in the oilfield
      [BioLargo, Ecolab/Nalco Champion]

      • Objectives:  Cost, regulatory, ingredient compatibility, monitoring, dosage
    • Recycle water & reduce cost
      [BioLargo, Rice, Texas A&M]
    • Scouting exercise for new tech
      [BioLargo, Detection & Measurement Systems, Texas A&M]
  • Water quality monitoring:
    • Bacteria real-time detection in lab & field
      [City of Houston, Imec USA, IOT-eq, Water Lens, undisclosed life science company]
    • Connected smart sensors for novel measurement applications
      [ADAK Digital, City of Houston, Detection & Measurement Systems, Imec USA, IOT-eq, Water Lens, undisclosed life science company]
    • More robust, flow through, turbidity monitoring
      [City of Houston, Detection & Measurement Systems, IOT-eq, undisclosed life science company]
    • Mussels for water quality monitoring
      [undisclosed life science company]
    • Turbidity monitoring online
      [Detection & Measurements, IOT-eq, undisclosed life science company]

      • Objectives: Determine of non-contact turbidity monitoring method will be robust enough to measure various sources of PW
    • Water quality data cloudification for analytics & predictive maintenance
      [ADAK Digital, City of Houston, Detection & Measurement Systems, Imec USA, IOT-eq, Water Lens, undisclosed life science company]

      • Objectives: Learn if Water Quality sensor/measurement systems data can be easily put in the data ecosystem  (AWS Cloud) to be readily visualized on web/mobile devices, enabling PM and advanced analytics
    • Water sensors to enable water quality data to cloud
      [ADAK Digital, City of Houston, Detection & Measurement Systems, Imec USA, IOT-eq, Water Lens, undisclosed life science company]
  • Water purification:
    • Advanced oxidation system for water soluable organics & oxidation alternatives
      [BioLargo, Rice, undisclosed life science company]
    • JV or channel partner for PFAS capture remediation & destruction
      [BioLargo, Micronic Technologies, Texas A&M, undisclosed life science company]

If you are interested in joining the discussions on potential partnerships in any of the above areas, please complete the form below or contact the TCC.

The TCC's Collaboration Committee will review the list of potential collaboration areas and select those areas where the TCC will provide additional assistance to facilitate the formation of new partnerships.

To facilitate discussions, your contact information (name, organization, e-mail, phone) will be provided to others interested in this collaboration opportunity. If you are unwilling to provide TCC permission to release your contact information to this group, the TCC will not be able to help you.
On the TCC's website, please indicate if the TCC can publish your company or organization name indicating an interest in this collaboration.
Select the general collaboration areas, which will list the collaboration opportunities for that area. For each selected area, select the specific opportunities in which you have an interest.