Eco-UV project aims to bring new UV water disinfection technology to market
Funded by Horizon 2020, the EU's biggest ever research and innovation programme, ECO-UV has as its central objective the "demonstration and characterisation of an innovative UV lamp and driving electronics technology for chemical-free water treatment and disinfection".
Led by UV industry leader Hanovia and partnered by three sector leading organisations: the premier research university Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, DVGW, the German Gas and Waterworks Association's Centre of Applied Research, and IVL, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the project brings together industry, academia and independent test and verification bodies.
The aim of Eco-UV is to develop ground-breaking UV technology for the treatment of industrial process water and other fluids with increased lamp life and greatly increased energy efficiency, providing a much lower carbon footprint and reduced environmental impact.
The project will prove the new UV lamp technology by demonstrating it in real applications, with full characterisation in terms of long-term stability, ageing effects and dose-response-relationship. The UV lamps will be integrated in Hanovia treatment systems and the performance of the whole UV system will be independently evaluated at DVGW and monitored for efficiency by IVL.
Testing protocols for different end-users applications will also be derived, which could act as the basis for a future standardised validation for industrial UV applications in the EU. A full Life Cycle evaluation of cost and environmental benefits in comparison to traditional UV technology will be assessed by IVL in order to ensure active uptake of the technology in the marketplace.
"This substantial award from the European Union represents a huge vote of confidence in the technical and economic ambition of Hanovia and our ability to deliver a new generation of highly efficient UV lamps," comments Project Manager Jane Wallis of Hanovia. "We are very excited to be part of this project, working with some of the world's leading research, validation and environmental assessment organisations to bring to the market this new generation of UV disinfection technology and so help our clients around the world reduce their costs and carbon footprint."
Eco-UV has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 641702.