LONDON, England - Oxford University spin-out Oxford Flow has signed its first deal in the Gulf region and will trial its diaphragm-free Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) in the Emirate of Sharjah’s water network.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Oxford Flow and the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA).
Designed by Oxford University’s Professor Tom Povey in the course of research into jet engines at Oxford’s Osney Thermo-Fluid’s laboratory, Oxford Flow’s valves use a patented piston-based operating system.
The company claims this results in a lighter, more durable valve.
The business is currently working with a number of utilities businesses across the UK and Europe including Anglia, Veolia, Northumbria Water and FCC Aqualia.
Oxford Flow is the first investment by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), the £580m investment company commercialising technologies from Oxford University.
OSI has also signed an agreement with American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and announced a collaboration to develop and commercialise innovations in the Gulf region.