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Clean Water out of Wastewater? This Bengaluru Scientist’s Innovation Can Actually Do That!

With a mission to find an alternative method to abate wastage of water, it took eight years of research for Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar to come up with the innovation.

Wastage of water is one of the most pertinent issues currently faced by everyone.

Industries being one of the top consumers of water worldwide, it is disheartening to see that most of the water discharged by them after consumption is disposed without treatment.

According to the World Development Report (WDR) of 2003, in developing countries, 70 per cent of industrial wastes are dumped without treatment, thereby polluting the usable water supply.

Though various techniques and measures have been developed in a bid to treat wastewater, almost 40 to 50 per cent continues to remain unrecoverable. At a time when the crisis of water scarcity has been visibly showing its repercussions, each percent of water wasted is a cause for concern.

One man’s discovery of a mechanism that can treat wastewater without the requirement of chemical additives can not only help towards effective water recovery but also curbing further pollution of usable resources of water.

It took eight years of intensive research for Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar to come up with the innovative idea as an alternative solution for recovering wastewater.

Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, the man behind the innovation.

Developed at Bengaluru-based Organization de Scalene, the innovative technology implements the mechanism of Fine Particle Shortwave Thrombotic Agglomeration Reactor, or FPSTAR for water treatment and has the ability to recover clean drinking water out of even sewage water.

The concept finds its inspiration from nature and mimics the process of blood clotting in the human body, which is also known as Thrombousthai reaction. “The unwanted particles are engineered to collide and agglomerate in the reactor and then removed by multi-stage filtration defined by end-use requirement,” says Sailesh Nair, who is the nephew of Kumar.


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An automatic computer-controlled multi-stage system that uses a resonance of short waves to get rid of impurities, the revolutionary technology doesn’t implement any chemicals in its treatment process and depends only on electricity.

Potable water recovered from contaminated water.

“Every element in the periodic cycle has a specific natural frequency, the particles of which lose their charge as we hit closer to its resonating frequency in a suitable environment and eventually lump up together. So is the case with the impurities, which become hydrophobic and can be easily sieved out using conventional filters,” he explains.

The technology got its pilot implementation through a reactor installed in the Kodagu district, which could process 25,000 liters of contaminated coffee-wash water in 2014.

Slowly establishing itself in the water treatment sector, the technology is finding takers from governmental bodies as well.

The technology has been recently commissioned in Erode, Tamil Nadu, by the state government in order to abate the pollution caused by industrial discharge in the Cauvery river.

The Aquatron Boomtube Resonator(left) and Dr Kumar drinking the water processed from sewage water.

Using the company’s Aquatron Boomtube Resonator, the facility will have two units – each with a capacity of treating 1.2 lakh litres per day.

To know more about the FPSTAR technology, you can check the website or write to the folks at info@scaleneaquaria.com.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.