Research projects and grants

Drinking water treatment plants for small and medium-sized municipalities in Peru

Project B2B

2/2018 – 11/2020

The main objective of the project is to exploit the exceptional situation and opportunities on the Peruvian market to create a sustainable business model for the supply of specialized drinking water treatment technologies to Peru and Latin America. This plan is connected with the transfer of Czech know-how and export of equipment produced in the Czech Republic and the EU.

The extraordinary situation in Peru is due to the general lack of water (in some areas of Peru up to 40% of the population is without secured supplies of good quality drinking water), contamination of drinking water sources (high concentrations of heavy metals and salts (especially As, B) volcanic activity, and extraordinary government support for water management activities after past climatic disasters (floods and droughts).

Technological know-how in Peru is generally lacking, and the infrastructure needed for operating and servicing technological facilities is lacking.

Thanks to the implemented project, the partial objectives following on from the above-mentioned context include:

  • provision of good quality drinking water to residents of local communities of about 1,000 inhabitants
  • preparation of an advanced design of technological units for selected locations in the Tacna area
  • demonstration of the feasibility of proposed solutions for the treatment and decontamination of drinking water under the local conditions of isolated areas of Peru and their upscaling,
  • setting up a network of partner organizations for the installation and putting into operation of specialized technologies
  • dissemination of information and results through the implementation of a psychosocial and information campaign to demonstrate the functionality, usefulness and sustainability of the proposed solutions.

Activities relating to the submitted project are expected to include:

  • creation of a business partnership with a local business or setting up a company,
  • creation of the necessary infrastructure and warehouses,
  • business activities aimed at the sale and implementation of drinking water treatment plants in Peru,
  • multiplication of the created model I other regions of Peru and Latin America.

This project is supported by Czech Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under the programme of Czech International Development Cooperation.

 

 

Application of nanofibrous materials for water treatment

Project 2. Regional Development – 2.2. Regional innovation programme

10/2017 – 10/2018

The issues of efficient treatment and recycling of water and provision of sufficient water resources for the operation of the zoo are solved within the framework of collaboration between Photon Water Technology and ZOO Liberec. Prior to the re-use of this water, it is also necessary to treat it. Recycling will enable significant water savings and, in particular, provide sufficient sources of good quality utility and drinking water. In addition to the separation of undissolved substances, the new filtration materials developed at the Technical University of Liberec are suitable for the removal of microbial loads from filtered water (especially faecal bacteria). The aim of the project is to design, assemble and pilot-test the prototype of equipment based on nanofibrous filtration under the actual conditions of the operation of the zoo.

The equipment developed based on nanofibrous filtration has a significant potential as low energy hygienic equipment with a presumed market application. In terms of capacity, the equipment corresponds to units used for home treatment and water sanitation.

Solving the issue of water recycling is a strong theme in the environment of zoos, botanical parks and visitor centres, among others, with a significant ecological impact on general water management. By resolving this issue and setting up the right water management system, it will be possible for these organizations to provide sufficient water resources. The developed equipment is usable in similar operating conditions for low-energy water uptake at the level of drinking water quality from sources of varying quality (surface and rain water). On the basis of the acquired knowledge, a market analysis has been carried out, defining the potential future use of the technology and the assumption of placing the developed type of equipment on the market.

The project is supported from the budget of the Liberec Region through the Regional Innovation Program.

 

 

Technology for the production of drinking water in Peru – a feasibility study

6/2017 – 11/2017

  • The aim of the project is to solve the acute shortage of good quality drinking water (especially in remote areas of Peru) caused by long-term repeated flooding followed by periods of drought. In these cases, water sources are contaminated with insoluble substances, as well as biological and possibly other contaminants.
  • Peru was selected based on the need for simple, low to medium-capacity equipment, allowing the production of drinking water from contaminated sources, which meets the requirements of technical simplicity, unmanned operation, and preferably without depending on a fixed distribution of electrical power.
  • A written output will be a feasibility study with technical solutions including their evaluation and quantification of the costs of at least three alternatives in the capacity of the technological equipment.

This project is supported by Czech Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under the programme of Czech International Development Cooperation.