Air Products and Applied Process Technology, Inc. today announced the signing of a license agreement for Applied’s patented HiPOx™ technology. The license agreement provides Air Products exclusive rights to market the technology in the United States and Canada for municipal wastewater and drinking water applications at greater than one million gallons per day water flow rate. The agreement also provides Air Products non-exclusive access to other geographic regions, as well as industrial wastewater and groundwater remediation applications of the technology.
HiPOx technology uses an advanced oxidation process which combines ozone and hydrogen peroxide to form hydroxyl radicals. The hydroxyl radicals oxidize organic contaminants in water without creating additional waste streams. Unlike other ozone-based advanced oxidation systems, HiPOx technology minimizes the formation of by-products, such as bromate, making it ideal for drinking water applications in addition to remediation, wastewater and process water clean-up. The applications for the technology include taste, odor, and color reduction, destruction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), water disinfection for reuse, and removal of microcontaminants such as endocrine disruptors.
“This technology is a significant building block for our water treatment business. Water treatment is an important growth area for Air Products, building on our gases experience and expanding into new equipment-based solutions. Our existing water treatment business has focused primarily on industrial wastewater applications. HiPOx technology combined with other internally developed offerings provides an entry for Air Products into the drinking water and water reuse segments,” said Deborah Anderson, business development manager for North America Merchant Gases at Air Products.
“It is great to be working with Air Products on this and we’re very excited about the potential HiPOx penetration of the market moving forward,” said Terry Applebury, Applied’s president and CEO. “Applied was founded on the premise that the drinking water industry was faced with a growing array of new and emerging man-made chemical contaminants and that the industry would recognize the value of a technology like HiPOx. The complement of Applied’s ‘clean water, no waste’ philosophy and Air Products’ expansion of their water treatment initiatives will be a benefit to municipalities and others needing treatment. Our team takes great pride in being associated with Air Products’ pursuit of this market.”