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Imagine water and water borne contaminants as billions of electrically charged molecules inter- connected to form an invisible tangled network. Instead of adding more and more chemicals to treat and condition water, it can be treated by adding electricity in a controlled and calculated manner – the science behind our Soneco® process.
Electricity drives electro-chemical reactions and provides reactive treatment reagents. These re-organise the water network, allowing charge-neutralisation and ‘adsorption’ of contaminants to occur, whilst making compliance with increasingly stringent targets and demands for safe, clean water simple.
Adsorption is an efficient process for removing contaminants by capture onto a solid surface. This can be achieved using electricity, whereby metal ions coagulate and flocculate to create a 3- dimensional metal hydroxide networks which adsorb colloids, fines, clays, metals and nutrients.
The resultant floc particles are then separated downstream in proprietary downstream solid-liquid separation processes. Ultrasound applied during electrolysis increases the number of nucleation sites to improve flocculation.
The Soneco® process is compliant with WRc ’Phosphorus and Metals Effluent Quality Requirements’. July 2014 (Collaborative Project: CP488 Report No: P9922 v2.0)
Figure. Electron-micrograph showing Fe(OH)3 network with embedded contaminant adsorbed
Instead of adding more and more chemicals to treat and condition water, it can now be treated by adding electricity