Advanced Nanostructured Materials Design and Consultancy ltd. (ANAMAD) have received funding from Innovate UK to develop a low power device for the chemical free removal of persistent organic pollutants from drinking water.

ANAMAD is researching the potential for low temperature plasma to be used in the delivery of safe drinking water. The low energy device is capable of water delivery for up to 25,000 people per day, the project will engage with end users to develop a device that addresses their needs. The researchers believe that this is an effective solution for the removal of emerging contaminants from water, a key issue in delivery of water away from municipal services.

Access to clean water is a UN Sustainable Development Goal, however many ODA countries have limited municipal water services with most drinking water “off grid”, derived from surface water and boreholes.

The project will be funded via a successful bid for £60,000 from Innovate UK’s Phase 1 GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) Competition award, with an added 30% industrial contribution which will bring the total cost of the project to £84,000. The GCRF aims to demonstrate impact in meeting the global sustainable development goals.

ANAMAD have previously received an award from the Royal Academy of Engineering in early 2019 to focus on water safety and attainable drinking water. Part of the Industry Academia Partnership Programme between the UK and Thailand, this strategic bilateral partnership between ANAMAD as lead industrial UK partner and Kingston University as academic partner totals £50,000, with in-kind contributions by both partners of £120,000.

In collaboration with countries of the Development Assistance Committee, the Official Development Assistance project funded by the Newton programme will seek to improve local living conditions in Ukraine and Thailand, while demonstrating a proof of concept.

“This is a key step in our business development, enabling us to conduct further R&D towards a viable, sustainable means of treating wastewater and removing harmful contaminants from the water cycle,” said ANAMAD co-founder Dr. Matthew Illsley. “By proving the feasibility of this process with water treatment plants in Ukraine and Thailand we’ll be taking the next step in providing a medium volume, low cost water treatment option for markets around the world.”

The business is already looking ahead to compete in Innovate UK’s Phase 2 of the GCRF competition for £500,000 of funding for up to 3 years.