There have been a lot of new innovations coming out lately, especially with the CES tech conference in Las Vegas. A product that was making splashes at the conference was the Hydraloop, an in-the-building water recycler from the Netherlands. The Hydraloop won an award for innovation at this year’s CES and is making big waves in the tech and green energy industries. The company claims that its water recycling system is one of a kind.
Hydraloop has its headquarters at the water technology center on the Water Campus in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. They also have a US Office at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. The company has worked over a decade on the research and development of this product, a system that does a lot more than remove sediment from water or purify it with chemicals. It plans on drastically reducing water usage with an affordable and easy to use system that requires low maintenance without compromising on personal hygiene.
What Does it Do?
To recycle what the company says is 85 percent of all domestic water use, it cleans and disinfects the water from the shower, bath, and washing machines so it can be used for the garden, the swimming pool, and flushing toilets. This product, which is about the size of refrigerator but flatter, hooks into your home or businesses’ water system. It takes in outgoing waste water and processes it using multiple distinct processes. First it sends the water through a sedimentation process, taking out any large chunks in the liquid. Then the water is sent through flotation and dissolved air flotation. Next is a process called foam fractionation. Then it is processed by an aerobic bioreactor and is finally disinfected with UV light.
What are the Benefits?
According to the company, Hydraloop will save a lot of money, water, and energy. First it claims to reduce water consumption and sewage emission both by 45 percent, which is not insignificant. It also claims to reduce the carbon footprint by 6 percent. Furthermore, it will reduce energy consumption by 600kWh according to the experts at MoneyPug, one of the best energy comparison sites. There is no shortage of reasons to get the Hydraloop, but for now it is not cheap. This product runs for $4,000 a piece. It might sound like a lot, but the amount of water and energy it could save may keep a lot of money in your pocket.
Monitor Usage with an Android
One of the most enticing aspects of the Hydraloop is that you can monitor the water and energy you are saving with your Android. This gives you the ability to optimize its settings and see how much money and water this system is actually saving you. Not only does it give you the hard numbers, it provides the peace of mind you need for investing in such a machine. The company claims that you could save up to 20,000 gallons of water every year. This is not just good for your wallet, it is great for the environment.
The Water Crisis
With 100 of these units used in Europe and Asia and having them available in the Middle East and Africa, the Hydraloop plans on becoming a device used worldwide to save water. The CES award will undoubtedly help the product get better distribution in the United States. Needless to say, this Dutch company plans on propagating around the planet. Not only do they plan on providing a plan to save large amounts of water in every home, they plan on making a lot of money while they do it.
This comes at a time when the planet desperately needs to save water. The world’s population will grow to around 10 billion people within the next 30 years, probably sooner. Clean water is already getting hard to come by but it will become even scarcer as the world’s population grows. There are a lot of politics surrounding water and the environment, but one thing is for sure. We all need to save water for each other. While big corporations are the culprit here, water is always precious. With new tech products and innovations, we can begin to save water in ways we never have been able to before.