New technology to better remove heavy metals from industrial waters

A Siemens and Texas A&M agreement will allow a chemical-based technology to more effectively remove heavy metals from industrial locations.


ALPHARETTA, GA, Oct. 30, 2013 -- Siemens Water Technologies and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have signed an exclusive license agreement and a research and development agreement to continue the development and commercialization of a chemical-based technology that more efficiently and cost-effectively removes heavy metals from water and wastewater at industrial locations.

In a single process unaffected by temperature or pH-levels, the technology can remove selenium, mercury, zinc, copper, chromium, and other heavy metals as well as metalloids to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits at power utility, mining, refinery, and remediation sites.

The commercialized system is being designed to occupy a smaller footprint than current remediation treatment systems to reduce capital expense and to operate more efficiently in a wider range of environments.

The technology is based on an Activated Iron Process™ for the removal of contaminants from water and wastewater developed by Dr. Yongheng Huang, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University.

Siemens Water Technologies' R&D is focused on ultrapure water and drinking water, waste reduction, energy and process efficiency, desalination, and water reuse.

About Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Texas A&M AgriLife Research comprises its College Station headquarters, 13 research centers reaching from El Paso to Beaumont and Amarillo to Weslaco, and associated research stations. A member of The Texas A&M University System, AgriLife Research has 1,700 employees, over 500 of which are doctoral-level scientists. Today, AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. An agency of the Texas A&M University System, AgriLife Research collaborates with the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and others to help fulfill the A&M System’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, extension, and service.

About Siemens Industry

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Division’s Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/industry.

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