AquiSense Exhibits at MEDICA 2016 Tradeshow
Our team attended and exhibited key UV technology at the MEDICA tradeshow. We had the opportunity to meet with medical device OEMs and distributors concerning the need to advanced disinfection and the latest UV-C LED systems.
Clean Water Milestone: Global Leader in UV-C LED Systems to Release Water Disinfection Product
AquiSense Technologies announces the unveiling of PearlAqua, the world’s first UV-C LED production product for water disinfection. This system incorporates state of the art UV-C LEDs into a compact water treatment unit, without the use of chemicals or mercury-based UV lamps. These LEDs also allow for instant, full-intensity power on start-up, unlimited cycling, and remote start/stop. PearlAqua can be used in a range of applications including life sciences, medical devices, transportation, and commercial water. Standing only 4 inches (103 mm)
high, the compact PearlAqua can be seamlessly integrated into water treatment systems, providing maximum water security. “This product marks a key milestone as the first production volume UV-C LED water disinfection system,” said Oliver Lawal, founder and CEO of AquiSense Technologies. “It is the result of eight years development work, over $5 million dollars investment and hundreds of hours of user interactions.” AquiSense uses advanced techniques for the evaluation of UV-C LEDs from leading device manufacturers. Multiple UV-C LED devices are combined into a single, replaceable UVinaire® lamp module that is able to achieve the high levels of UV intensity required to provide maximum disinfection. “The fact that we’re now able to produce a small footprint, low cost, UV-C LED water treatment product in high volumes, speaks to the strong progress that the UV-LED manufacturers have made over the past 18 months,” said Lawal.
Pre-orders for PearlAqua are set to begin in September, while first deliveries will commence in December. This unit is just the first in a new range of disinfection products to be launched by AquiSense, the leading UV-LED system supplier globally.
Oliver Lawal to Speak at ASEAN Water Technology Conference
AquiSense President and CEO, Oliver Lawal, will be speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Water Technology Conference. The conference will be held October 2, 2015 at USEPA Cincinnati, from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm. The conference will focus on water technology opportunities and environmental challenges in the ASEAN region. Lawal will discuss the benefits of UV-C LED technology in the water treatment industry and how the PearlAqua can be the difference.
Aquisense Becomes a Featured Company on The Water Network
Recently, our company became one of the top listed companies for The Water Network - a site created for businesses and individuals dedicated to innovating how we use water in everyday life. Aquisense is excited to be part of the innovative force behind the change in how the world uses its water. Being the first company to bring LED technology to the UV water purification process is exciting and Aquisense is happy to be part of an amazing group of innovators. Visit The Water Network to find out more.
Public Water Contamination: Is UV the Answer?
There’s been a lot in the news the past few months about various contaminants leaking into water sources. Some instances include cryptosporidium found in the drinking water in Lancashire, England, legionella in New York City, and wastewater spilled into Colorado River. Thousands of people have been affected by these outbreaks, and while crews works to clean and disinfect the water, we can’t help but wonder if UV technology could make the difference between a big news story and no news.
Chlorine is ineffective in removing crypto parasites, so those affected in England were told to boil water before use. In a case like this, having a UV water treatment device integrated into the public drinking water system, or even at the entry to a home, would mean that 99.99% of problem would never even reach the tap.
The legionella outbreak was discovered to have started in local cooling towers, which have since been ordered to be disinfected. “Under industry standards, the process for disinfecting a tower can range from simply adding chemicals to a tower at a cost of less than $1,000, to undertaking an extensive cleaning that can cost $1,500 to $30,000 or more, depending on its size. That cleaning typically requires taking the tower offline — shutting down the building’s air-conditioning, not a comforting idea in August — to drain and scrub it.” Again, having a UV disinfecting system already in place, would have prevented the outbreak and avoided the problem of shutting off the systems, not to mention the costs.
These centralized UV treatment systems are being used by many municipalities and are becoming more and more common. Additionally, UV deployed at the point of entry (POE) as a second barrier, helps to ensure that any remaining contaminants are eliminated before reaching the end user. These secondary units are applicable for medical devices and hospitals, restaurants, industrial processes, and residential purposes.
Would UV systems have made the difference in these public cases? Science and experiences says YES!
Woman's City Club Forum
On November 12, Oliver Lawal spoke at the forum "Liquid Gold: The Cincinnati Water Technology Story",organized by Woman's City Club in Cincinnati, OH. The forum focused on local water technology and the economic and environmental opportunities associated with it. Other speakers included Theresa Harten, director of the water technology cluster at the Cincinnati EPA, and Bill Scheyer, president of Skyward.
Photo courtesy of Harriet Kaufman
UV-LEDs Bring Standardized UV Dose Measurement
AquiSense Technologies launches low-cost, small footprint, UV-LED Collimated Beam Device
Florence, Kentucky (August 4, 2015)—Collimated Beam Devices are an increasingly critical tool in providing a standardized unit of measurement for UV exposure. Historically these devices have been expensive, cumbersome, and difficult to operate. PearlBeam™ from AquiSense Technologies is a compact Collimated Beam Device which employs UV-LEDs emitting radiation in the germicidal range. Its small size and ease of use allows the realization of a table-top homogenized UV delivery system, which can be operated virtually anywhere in laboratory or even field locations. Unlike mercury-lamp systems, the PearlBeam features a narrow band emission and is available in a suite of individually selectable wavelengths.
“PearlBeam represents a significant upgrade from the old, bulky mercury-lamp units. Because PearlBeam uses the latest UV-LEDs, it has a much smaller footprint, costs much less, and it very easy to use. It’s the best solution available,” says Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Pagan.
There are six standard configurations available, with single, double or triple wavelengths ranging from 255nm to 365nm. They can also be fully customized to fit a specific need.
Each unit provides uniform and stable irradiation, thanks to a proprietary
integrated heat management system. The temperature of each UV-LED is
controlled with active feedback, preventing instant decay after turning on,
which is typical of commercial UV-LED sources. With UV-LED lifetimes up
to 10,000 hours of constant wave operation, the PearlBeam requires no
Pricing for single wavelength units start below $2,000, and monthly rental
options are available for users who have only have short term needs.
The PearlBeam is the first of several new standard products that will be launched by AquiSense Technologies in the coming months.
Article Published in IUVA News
Dr. Jennifer Pagan has had an article published in this month's issue of IUVA News! Here's a teaser...
COMING OF AGE - UV-C LED TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
Sometimes technology innovations come along which cause a paradigm shift in how products are designed. A classic example is television, where the shift from cathode ray tubes to flat panel technologies, such as plasma and liquid crystal displays (LCD), caused furniture makers to scramble to redesign their entire entertainment product lines. Large bulky entertainment cases which covered most of a living room wall were reduced to narrow consoles, and there has been a continual trickle-down effect on all the associated peripheral devices (DVD players, gaming consoles, streaming devices). So what does this have to do with ultraviolet disinfection? It is actually a good comparison for the coming changes, and associated design shifts required by UV-C LEDs entering the disinfection market.
By taking a holistic design approach to system efficiency and drawing on expertise not found within traditional UV system design offices, new UV-C LED based disinfection systems have shown strong performance results. Just as the home entertainment industry underwent a paradigm shift in the transition from cathode ray tubes to flat screen technology, so too are we poised to see a historic shift in UV system design and operation.
You can read the full article here.
New Company Launches Innovative UV-C LED Systems
AquiSense Technologies Launches, Completes Double Acquisition
Florence, Kentucky (June 16, 2015) – AquiSense Technologies has announced closing Series A funding to become one of the world’s first companies to focus exclusively on water, air, and surface treatment products using UV-C LEDs.
As part of the company launch, AquiSense acquired the PearlAqua product line — a groundbreaking water treatment product employing mercury-free, UV-C LED technology — from Aquionics Inc, a subsidiary of Halma plc. UV-C LEDs replace the traditional use of mercury lamps and provide a smaller footprint, instant start-stop, and more system design flexibility.
“The opportunity to focus exclusively on delivering systems to the market using UV-C LED technology is unique and exciting,” AquiSense President and CEO Oliver Lawal said. “The availability of higher volume, lower price UV-C LEDs from a number of suppliers means the timing is great. And working with a focused team and building off work already completed means we will have multiple products to market quickly.“
AquiSense has also acquired Dot Metrics Technologies, a North Carolina-based UV-C LED development company. Established in 2003, Dot Metrics has become the leading independent UV-C LED device testing company, in addition to its work in the development of water, air and surface treatment systems. Dr. Jennifer Pagan, Director of Research at Dot Metrics, will become CTO at AquiSense. Dr. Pagan commented, “I am excited to transition the groundbreaking work we have completed at Dot Metrics over the past decade into this new venture. The strong suite of patents we developed will ensure new products exploit the best properties of the current best-in-class UV-C LED devices.”
AquiSense Technologies will be headquartered in Northern Kentucky and anticipate new product launches within six months.
Global Water Technologies and AquiSense Technologies Sign MOU for UV LEDs
Global Water Technologies (OTC Pink: GWTR) is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AquiSense Technologies, a Kentucky company that is unveiling the world's first UV-C LED production product for water disinfection at Aquatech Amsterdam.
“We are pleased to take the first steps toward working with a company that has developed truly innovative new technology for more efficient water treatment,” said Erik Hromadka, CEO of Global Water Technologies. “In 2013, we presented at International Water Week in Amsterdam on new opportunities from our region of the United States and we're excited to see this new technology as a great example.”
Both Global Water Technologies, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and AquiSense Technologies, based in Florence, Kentucky, are part of a regional water cluster formed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the water sector.
“We are honored to be one of just eight companies to exhibit in the Amsterdam Innovation Pavilion,” said Oliver Lawal, founder and CEO of AquiSense Technologies. “Our compact PearlAqua product marks a key milestone as the first production volume UV-C LED water disinfection system. It is the result of eight years of development work, over $5 million of investment and hundreds of hours of user interactions.”
Global Water Technologies is an initial customer of the PearlAqua system, which began shipping this week and uses state-of-the-art LED technology to provide water disinfection without the use of chemicals or mercury-based UV lamps. “We look forward to working with AquiSense to identify new opportunities to commercialize this innovative technology where traditional UV applications may not have been feasible,” Hromadka said. Read the full article here.
More information about Global Water Technologies is available at: www.gwtr.com
More information about Aquatech Amsterdam is available at: www.aquatechtrade.com/amsterdam
AquiSense Featured on NKY Thrives for International Attention
When NKY Thrives reached out to request an interview with Oliver Lawal, president and CEO of AquiSense Technologies, his response was a fervent, “Yes! I love talking about water and UV-LEDs!” While that level of enthusiasm for such a complex area of environmental science might seem strange to the average person, Lawal is surrounded by a team of
specialists whose passion for chemical-free water treatment runs deep. The Florence-based startup has received international praise for its primary offering, PearlAqua, a water disinfecting system recognized as the first in the world to employ chemical free UV technology. PearlAqua earned the International UV Association’s Product Innovation Award in 2013 and the Aquatech Innovation Award last November.
See the full article here.
PearlAqua Double Innovation Feature Aquatech Amsterdam
AquiSense Technologies has been selected to exhibit in the BlueTech Innovation Pavilion as part of the Aquatech Amsterdam Exhibition, November 3-6, at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in the Netherlands.
PearlAqua™, AquiSense’s new UV-C LED disinfection system, has been nominated for the Aquatech Innovation Award for the category Not Yet to Market. Winners will be announced at the opening ceremonies of Aquatech, on November 2.
AquiSense is one of just 8 companies selected to exhibit in the Innovation Pavilion, due to the ingenuity of the PearlAqua, the world’s first UV-C LED production product for water disinfection. The PearlAqua system incorporates state of the art UV-C LEDs into a compact water treatment unit, without the use of chemicals or mercury-based UV lamps. These LEDs also allow for instant, full-intensity power on start-up, unlimited cycling, and remote start/stop. PearlAqua can be used in a range of applications including life sciences, medical devices, transportation, and commercial water. Standing only 103 mm (4 inches) high, the compact PearlAqua can be seamlessly integrated into water treatment systems, providing maximum water security.
Also on display will be AquiSense’s PearlBeam™, a compact collimated beam device which employs UV-LEDs emitting radiation in the germicidal range. Its small size and ease of use allows the realization of a table-top homogenized UV delivery system, which can be operated virtually anywhere in laboratory or even field locations. Unlike mercury-lamp systems, the PearlBeam features a narrow band emission and is available in a suite of individually selectable wavelengths.
You can find AquiSense and the Pearl line of products at stand 07.552 in the Innovation Pavilion.