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Integrated method for treating a wide range of industrial waste waters based on magnetic settling and catalytic oxidation

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MAYIM (Integrated method for treating a wide range of industrial waste waters based on magnetic settling and catalytic oxidation)

Reporting period: 2015-11-01 to 2016-02-29

AMTR Scientific Ltd. will be the project coordinator. Our Israeli SME was established in 1993 and since then has been developing and supplying applications in the fields of heating technologies, magnetic amorphous cores, and electromagnetic labels. For the last 12 years AMTR applied its extended experience in magnetic materials to develop wastewater treatment technologies.
MAYIM will bring to industrial production stage a wastewater treatment integrated technology for industrial factories able to remove total suspended solids, and dissolved organic and inorganic substances simultaneously in one single treatment with two consecutive steps: magnetic settling and catalytic oxidation. It can be applied in a wide variety of industries including the four with the highest water demands in Europe (paper, chemical, food and textile), reaching very high levels of efficiency (96-99%) at low-costs (≈€1/m3).
MAYIM purifies industrial wastewater from all pollutant substances with 99% efficiency and by means of one single treatment with two consecutive steps:
• Magnetic Settling (MS), which removes insoluble pollutants suspended in wastewater, including: Suspended particles & emulsions, Oils, grease, fats, Detergents & heavy metals.
• Catalytic oxidation (CO), which removes solutes dissolved in wastewater including: Dissolved organic substances and Chemically oxidizable inorganic substances (e.g. ammonia).
In order to confirm the feasibility of our project, we, AMTR, have carried out a 4-month study focusing our efforts on 3 main areas: technically, our team has further evaluated and selected components for the application and prepared a complete Execution Plan for the remaining development and engineering of our new MAYIM system; commercially, we have consolidated our knowledge of the markets and competition to develop a strong marketing strategy; financially, we have drafted detailed financial forecasts, on a 3-year-projection, and confirm the potential return on investment.
During our 4-month Feasibility Study, and based on the original Work Plan included in the Phase 1 proposal, several activities have been carried out.
Firstly, technically, further calculations, tests, component selection and activities for going to industrial scale (specific tasks) of MAYIM were performed. Following these developments, a preliminary risk analysis has been conducted to ensure that no issues have been left aside and thus that future development will be with a low and controlled risk. Our team has prepared a complete Execution Plan for the development and exploitation of MAYIM; we also identified the most beneficial third party subcontractors to support us in the execution of the Phase 2 project.
Commercially, we have focused on the potential new markets which has allowed us to further prepare our marketing and pricing strategy. Furthermore, a complete Freedom-to-Operate was performed to search for existing IP rights that could infringe with our technology. This analysis has confirmed the novelty of the MAYIM and the absence of existing thread for its commercialization.
Financial projections for the 2019-2021 period have been calculated, and we expect a highly positive turnover. Different sources of funding have been evaluated as well, leading to our decision to present a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 in April 2016.
We have designed a commercialisation strategy to quickly gain positioning in the competitive wastewater treatment market, based on an all-in-one high versatile product (easily customizable) covering a wide range of end-user industries, and excellent performance/cost ratio. We expect to introduce the new product into the market in 2019 starting in Europe and Israel, and expanding to other regions of the world from 2021 thanks to our existing commercialisation network.
Adaptation of MAYIM to the real needs or our customers is key, in this way we will assure our modular MAYIM development to have a high degree of adaptability, from a basic version with the most important functions for water management and quality monitoring, to the sector specific versions (depending on the final purification requirements set by the clients). The unique design of MAYIM allows a high operational efficiency with removal of 99% of total suspended solids (TSS) and 96-99% oxidable pollutants. All these features result in significant water/energy savings and a high quality water effluent (compliant with EU regulations) that not only benefit our customers but also contribute to a better environment.