SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, MARCH 14, 2016 --IX Power Clean Water's new IX Blü technology for removing arsenic and other contaminants from water will be included as one of six projects in New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez's Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).
The TRC is designed to help develop and commercialize several innovative products that are the result of partnerships between researchers at New Mexico's laboratories and universities, and the private sector. The program, which Gov. Martinez re-established in 2013, allows teams of researchers to compete for funding to bring their ideas and products into the marketplace.
“The technology we develop and create in our labs and universities is truly incredible, and we need to take full advantage of these opportunities by bringing them into the private sector,” Governor Martinez said. “I am confident that with this funding, we can continue to invest in New Mexico’s bright technological future. And by doing so, we will create jobs, strengthen our institutions, and diversify our economy.”
The $38,000 award is being awarded to New Mexico Tech, which will validate the effectiveness of the IX Water Blü technology. IX Water Blü removes arsenic, lead, benzene, cadmium, chromium and other toxins. The challenge with the removal of these contaminants from drinking water is twofold: cost and ease of use.
IX Water Blü solves both of these issues by providing an inexpensive, robust, and easy to use cartridge-based system. Created to be stand-alone or as part of a complete community water treatment train, IX Blü consists of a series of standardized scalable modules that provide treatment specific to customer need without the costs and uncertainty of investing in a full-size water treatment plant.
IX Blü modules are charged with adsorptive media specific to customer needs, and linked together with standard fittings. Spent cartridges are returned to the manufacturer for recycling and fresh cartridges are delivered to the site as required.
“Common shortfalls in currently used lead and arsenic treatment systems are cost, ease of use, and waste,” said IX Power Clean Water CEO John R. Grizz Deal. "In the case of reverse osmosis, as much as 80% of water is rejected, a gross waste of resources. Ion exchange systems employ pricey media, and produce a reject brine that is difficult to disposed of. The IX Water Blü cartridge exchange system allows treatment without the creation of reject waste, and at low cost to the user. In most cases, communities will simply add IX Water Blü on to their existing drinking water system."