R&D agreement will focus on UV systems

Canada-based Trojan Technologies Inc. (TSE/TUV) has entered into an agreement with N.V. PWN Water Supply Company North-Holland (PWN) to collaborate in the research, design, optimisation and installation of ultraviolet (UV) treatment systems.

PWN is one of seven water supply companies in The Netherlands and delivers

potable water to over 2 million people across the entire province of North-Holland.

It has three surface water treatment plants, including an advanced membrane

filtration facility.

‘Drinking water contamination is a growing global concern,’ said Hank Vander

Laan, President and CEO of Trojan Technologies. ‘We are extremely pleased to

have established this relationship with PWN, a recognized leader in the treatment

and supply of top quality drinking water in Europe, to implement a lasting solution

to a difficult micropollutant problem. Global awareness of contaminant pollution

continues to grow and it is important that we develop and provide new solutions

to these risks. We believe that as the public and governments embrace the need

for more advanced treatment of drinking water, a very significant market will


Mr. P.C. Kamp, Director of Production for N.V. PWN said, ‘Trojan has fully

demonstrated its abilities in both research and development and we look forward

to combining their research and design capabilities with our expertise in advanced

drinking water treatment.’

The project, expected to be completed over two and half years, has three phases.

The first two involve extensive joint R&D, involving piloting and prototype

testing at a major municipal drinking water treatment plant in the Netherlands.

PWN has conducted its own research on the effectiveness of ultraviolet light

and advanced oxidation for over five years. The combined effort, leveraging

the unique expertise of both parties, will optimise the configuration of the

final design.

The third phase is the final equipment manufacture, delivery and installation

of UV disinfection and advanced oxidation equipment. The agreement provides

that Trojan will retain all intellectual property rights associated with the


The drinking water treatment plant, located at Andijk serves approximately

500,000 people and treats approximately 25M metres³ of water per year.

It is expected to be the largest installation involving UV technology in Europe

and is the first of its kind to treat micropollutants.

‘Ultraviolet systems have, for some time, been proven as an effective barrier

against a wide range of pathogens, including Ecoli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia,’

said Marvin DeVries, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for

Trojan Technologies.

‘This project will optimize the design of a UV treatment system, using Advanced

Oxidation, effectively treating a much wider range of contaminants, which with

extended exposure, may be harmful to human health,’ he added.

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