Nitrate is the most common water pollutant in the world. 10% of the global ground water is contaminated with Nitrate at levels that pose a serious health risk. According to EPA data, in the USA alone Nitrate at levels above the maximum allowed limit have been found in water systems serving more than 16,000,000 people.
The WellToDo process which converts Nitrate and other common water contaminants into nonpolluting compounds offer significant advantages over existing technologies and enables treating water sources where available technologies are not feasible.
Available contaminants removal methods rely on moving the contaminants from the main water stream and concentrating them into a concentrate stream. This concentrate stream requires further treatment and adds costs and complexity. The WellToDo process is applicable for a wide range of contaminants and in the case of nitrate, it is the only physical chemical treatment process that does not generate any concentrate or byproducts.
WellToDo operates in 2 main market segments:
Our current focus is on the removal of Nitrate in municipal drinking water in selected areas in the USA, where high Nitrate concentration prevent the use of this water.
WellToDo developed a unique process to convert various common water contaminants into nonpolluting compounds.
The process utilizes a novel catalyst developed by WellToDo that enables a chemical reaction used to remove the contaminants. The main benefit of this method is that it removes water contaminants without generating any brine or byproducts
Available contaminants removal methods rely on moving the contaminants from the main water stream and concentrating them into a concentrate stream. This concentrate stream requires further treatment and adds costs and complexity. The WellToDo process is applicable for a wide range of contaminants and in the case of nitrate, it is the only physical chemical removal process that does not generate any concentrate or byproducts.
The WellToDo innovation is twofold. In the world of water treatment, catalysis is a big innovation as these kind of processes are quite rare. In the world of catalysis, a significant shown by WellToDo is the catalyst support used. Catalysts are metal particles supported on some form of high surface area substrate. Activated carbon is a very common form of catalyst support and is widely used. Activated Carbon comes in two main forms:
- Powdered activated carbon and
- Granular activated carbon.
Powdered activated carbon allows for high surface area but, when used as a catalyst support in packed beds, creates a very high pressure drop through the bed, thereby increasing operational costs. Granular activated carbon offers a low pressure drop but it's low surface area increases the required reactor volume and system foot print thereby increasing capital costs.
The WellToDo innovative catalyst uses Activated Carbon Cloth (ACC) as the catalyst support. This cloth is woven from micron size fibers of 100% Activated Carbon. The fiber size with its porus surface and the fact that these fibers are woven into a fabric structure, offers exceptionally high surface area combined with low pressure drop. The benefits gained are:
- small reactor volumes
- small system foot print and
- low pumping costs due to the low pressure drop of the catalyst
This technology is encapsulated in the Catalytic Module – the WellToDo CORE product. This catalytic module is a standard water treatment element ready to be used with off the shelf components to assemble an entire water treatment system.
The WellToDo 8" Catalytic Module.
WellToDo delivers Nitrate Removal water treatment systems based on its proprietary Catalytic Reduction Process. The main advantage of this process is the removal of contaminants without generating any brine or by-products. WellToDo operates in the municipal drinking water and the industrial waste water markets and currently focuses on Nitrate - the world's most common ground water pollutant.
WellToDo is currently demonstrating the technology with leading water utilities in the USA.
Hovav Gilan – CEO
With an M.B.A. from the University of Liverpool and over 15 years of Marketing, business development and R&D experience, Hovav brings valuable business experience. This business experience is complimented with a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology to give Hovav a strong technological background
Hovav Worked for multinational companies such as Vishay Inter-technology Inc. (NYSE: VSH) and Nova Measuring Instruments (NASDAQ: NVMI) as well as for small startup companies. Hovav started as a process engineer for Vishay and later moved on to Sales, Marketing and Business Development roles in Nova and other companies. In addition, Hovav worked for ORT Israel, the leading education network in Israel, doing global business development resulting in sales of educational projects any many places in the world.
Dr. Uri Meytal – Director of R&D
Uri holds a Ph.D in chemical engineering from the Mendeleev Institute in Moscow Russia. Uri is a veteran of the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology where he developed the Catalytic Nitrate Reduction technology which is the basis for WellToDo's technology. Prior to that Uri held R&D and teaching positions in the prestigious Mendeleev State Institute of Chemical Engineering in Moscow Russia. Uri has vast experience in development of catalysts and in scale up of numerous chemical processes. Dr. Meytal is the author of over 30 papers published in leading publications and several patents.
Assaf Brosh – Process Engineer
Assaf holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Shenkar College in Israel and an M.Eng. in environmental engineering from the Technion in Haifa Israel. Assaf worked for various water treatment companies in Israel in the design and commissioning of water treatment systems in various places in the world. Assaf has strong project management skills as well as solid process engineering and water treatment experience.
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Together with American Water, a leading USA water utilitiy, WellToDo is demosntrating the technology for Nitrate Removal from a contaminated river source in Streator IL. The aim of the project is to show the ability of the systm to remove Nitrate at competitive costs and with out generating brine or by-products.
This is a pilot system with the following specifications:
The pilot is housed in a 40 feet shipping container.
Together with SNWA, a leading water utility, WellToDo is demonstrating the technology for Nitrate Removal in a contaminated ground water source in Las Vegas NV.
The pilot specifications are:
The pilot is skid mounted.
With the Support of the BIRD foundation, WellToDo and American Water Partner
to pilot WellToDo's technology in the USA
AST and the Technion invest in WellToDo
Under the WaterStart program in office of the governor of Nevada,
WellToDo and the Southern Nevada Water Authority are piloting the technology in a contaminated ground water source in Las Vegas Nevada