There has been a dire need to treat waste water since several years and in addition to this, amidst the pandemic, an increasing number of gloves, bottles of hand sanitizers and masks are being found beneath the waves of oceans, sparking worries among experts that this can lead to a surge in ocean pollution. With water becoming an issue of worry especially with regards to future scarcity trends, many start-ups have been emerging in their bid to address the challenges of water pollution problems. Most of such companies are predominantly focused on monitoring and process controls through sensors, AI and IoT.
BioGill is one such start-up that improves the treatment of wastewater and reduces organic loads and BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand). The Sydney-based company offers bioreactors for water treatment and recycling that are being used across companies from various industries. While such start-ups have come off as a boon for product manufacturing companies, there are others that offer onsite water treatment solutions in marine environments.
RanMarine, a Netherland-based start-up, designs and develops industrial autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) for ports, harbours, etc. The marine drone that was newly unveiled – WasteShark helps in clearing waste from the surface of water bodies including plastic waste and biomass collection, in addition to providing real-time water quality data access. The company recently received investment from Boundary Holding, a Luxembourg-based AI investment firm, earlier in May. A quote by its founder Rajat Khare reads – "Such innovations are a solution to the complex problem of how to keep our water bodies clean. With an ever-growing population, increasing rate of consumption, the world needs many RanMarines.”
Furthermore, Industrial Phycology aka I-Phyc develops eco-friendly wastewater treatment system to treat water bodies by reducing pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus. It uses algae to remove nutrients from the wastewater as the aquatic plant not only helps in capturing, but also retaining carbon emissions.
With increasing water pollution engendered from human activities, the global marine life is at stake. Therefore, such innovations in wastewater treatment is the need of the hour.