Cleantech Open 2014
NMR Water Monitoring
Low-level arsenic contamination of drinking water in Bangladesh, India, and parts of China presents an international public health crisis, with over 300,000 deaths attributed to chronic poisoning in Bangladesh alone. The World Health Organization has set a guideline of 10 ppb arsenic in drinking water.
Additionally, in 2017 the electronics chip fabrication facilities will begin the III-V CMP etching process that will produce 200-1000 gallons/minute of arsenic-contaminated water. The process fabs do not currently make a real time waste water measurement.
Quantal Technology developed an advanced water monitoring detector based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) that, unlike the competition, operates in real-time without reagents and is simple to use.
According to International Energy Agency statistics, Pakistan derives its electricity primarily from natural gas (36%), hydroelectric (32%) and oil (29%), and zero from solar or wind. Also, over two-thirds of Pakistan’s crude oil is imported, and electricity demand is estimated to grow by 8% annually resulting in 20 GW of supply needing to be added by 2020. Pakistan’s Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) estimates there is 2,900 GW of solar potential in Pakistan.
Quantal Technology (in its previous form as Innovative Energy Concepts LLC) was directly involved in supporting the domestic development of solar energy capabilities in Pakistan. IEC was instrumental in obtaining funding for a team at the University of Engineering & Technology in Taxila to prepare a feasibility study for solar power in Pakistan, followed by a joint proposal to further develop an indigenous solar energy R&D program and commercialization platform.