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Joint Venture to Develop Resin Wafer Technology

Nalco and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have inked a licensing contract for Argonne's resin wafer electrodeionization (RW-EDI) technology.

The isolation- based technology is in its nascent stage and will enhance clean energy, chemical procedures and water treatment.

Both entities have worked on two research projects financed by  DOEm and will together design this RW-EDI technology. The projects have revealed benefits in impaired water treatment and derivation CO2 from air.  Cathy Doucette, Nalco global technology leader says the technology helps use of impaired water as cooling water in power stations using coal. The joint venture has received funds from ARPA-E to eliminate CO2 from coal flue gas.

Monitoring the sizes, composition, porosity and conductivity of materials to help their use in specific product and application, also governs their use in creating the resin wafer technology from Argonne. It is used in applications such as bioprocessing. It helps constant removal of charged substances such as organic acids from water process flows and removes the need for extra neutralizing agents. This in turn eliminates waste stream.

Biochemical engineer Seth Snyder says bio-chemicals and fuels offer green alternatives to oil and gas utilization. The technology will reduce power consumption and carbon emissions. It will allow for bio-based and cost- effective products. The joint venture will help consumers incorporate green technology into production and air and water treatment.

DOE's Fossil Energy and Biomass financed the RW-EDI project.



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