WaterStart partners with Japanese company METAWATER


LAS VEGAS?? WaterStart, an incubator housed within the Desert Research Institute, has partnered with prominent, Japanese-based company METAWATER on a pilot project focused on developing an innovative online sensor technology to be used in the process of water treatment.METAWATER offers optimum solutions in water resource management through mechanical and electrical engineering. In partnership with WaterStart in Nevada, it will conduct the first of three phases of this pilot project in collaboration with researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and water quality scientists with the Southern Nevada Water Authority?s (SNWA) Applied Research and Development Laboratory.

WaterStart is providing support to METAWATER through knowledge funds aided in the optimization and commercialization process of the project, which began early this month and employs two people within UNLV?s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction.

?We are excited to partner with METAWATER and to help foster this collaborative project with UNLV and SNWA, promoting development of new technology that contributes to safe and reliable water,? said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. ?We look forward to the advancements of METAWATER?s technology and its potential to utilize Nevada as a hub for this type of innovative work.?

METAWATER?s online sensor will focus on detecting bromate, an unwanted byproduct of ozonation used in advanced water treatment processes, in real time. Treatment plant operators can use this data to make subtle adjustments to the ozonation process, maintaining protection against potential pathogens while minimizing bromate formation. Ultimately, the goal is to use information provided through the METAWATER technology to predict and minimize the compound?s formation.

The use of ozone for drinking water disinfection has grown significantly during the past two decades because of its effectiveness, making this technology of great interest to water purveyors around the world. The powerful oxidant is particularly useful in communities that rely upon surface water supplies such as reservoirs and rivers, where naturally occurring microbes are common. Ozone also reduces the amount of trihalomethanes, a regulated chlorination byproduct, produced during primary drinking water treatment.

Upon successful completion of this first phase, METAWATER aims to garner additional funding for this project, with the goal of improving the technology further and potentially developing a new business based within Nevada.

?WaterStart promotes local partnerships with public and academic sectors, and this helps us connect?with private channels that?stimulate the formation of new business in the U.S.,? said METAWATER Project Manager Dr. Yasuhiro Matsui. ?UNLV?s collaboration supports such fundamental aqua-chemical work, and through the collaboration between SNWA and METAWATER, we can reliably quantify bromate in near real-time with the technology in its water treatment facility.?

The work of METAWATER in the U.S. has been currently focused on developing proposals to modify or prolong the life of wastewater treatment plants and water recycling facilities. To learn more about METAWATER, visit?usa.metawater.com.

About WaterStart
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region.

For more information, visit?www.waterstart.com.


WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen speaks at Innovation Incubator summit


On Aug. 16, WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen was featured as a guest expert at a summit hosted by The Innovation Incubator (IN2) program in Golden, Colorado. IN2?is a unique and innovative technology incubation program funded by the?Wells Fargo Foundation?and co-administered by the?National Renewable Energy Laboratory?(NREL) focused on supporting clean energy related startups.

As it looks to expand the program into additional verticals, including residential, transportation and sustainable agriculture / food energy water nexus, the goal of the summit is to share knowledge in order to better inform the IN2?program direction going forward.

Allen was invited to be a part of a group of subject matter experts and lead breakout discussions throughout the day with IN2?stakeholders to identify challenges, trends and opportunities within the space of the food energy water nexus. Breakout sessions were divided in two sessions first focused on the ?problem? then on ?opportunities.? ?Other experts alongside Allen included EPA Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program Sally Gutierrez, as well as Water Foundry Founder and CEO Will Sarni.

IN2?ecosystem stakeholders participating in the summit include:

  • IN2?Portfolio Companies
  • Channel Partners (incubators, accelerators and universities)
  • Industry experts
  • Wells Fargo executives
  • NREL experts
  • Other SMEs