Ferrate Solutions: The International Commercialization of Ferrate
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Dr. Thomas Waite, Founder and President
What makes planet earth habitable? While there are multiple factors at play here, water is undoubtedly one of the crucial elements for sustaining life on the planet. Despite its vast abundance, nevertheless, increasing global pollution in the post-industrialization era has made a considerable volume of available water unsafe for usage. Contaminated water can pose a serious threat to both human health and the environment. With this concern in mind, successful wastewater management and treatment has become critically important for governments and private industries around the globe.
As water treatment needs continue to grow, many shortcomings in existing processes are also being revealed. For example, chlorination, in spite of being one of the most widely-used chemical processes, can cause long-term detrimental health effects as it forms cancer-causing disinfection by-products. Clearly, there is a global need for an ecologically safe and cost-effective chemical treatment system that can remove almost any contaminant from surface water or wastewater.
At this juncture, Dr. Thomas Waite, an internationally renowned environmental engineer with more than 40 years of experience, believes that the world already has an alternative solution for some of the most severe water contamination problems. According to Dr. Waite, Ferrate (FeO42-)—a high-valence oxo-anion of iron—has been known to be a powerful treatment option for water for more than 50 years. Ferrate is a powerful oxidant and disinfectant, that quickly reduces to an effective coagulating agent, and its usage in treatment plants can easily improve the quality of water leaving those facilities. Yet, technical and cost barriers to its delivery for commercial usage previously kept Ferrate on the sidelines. Moreover, these “wonder compounds” have not been used as industrial water purifiers before because inexpensive, commercial scale quantities of the chemical were not available. To overcome these barriers, Dr. Waite perfected the chemistry of Ferrate (VI) blends after years of research and development, as well as the design of systems that can efficiently deliver liquid Ferrate (VI) products to customers.
The success of his work led Dr. Waite to establish Ferrate Solutions (FS)—an environmental services company for the international commercialization of Ferrate (VI).
In collaboration with our OEMs, we design, fabricate, test, install, guarantee, and maintain all components for customized, Ferrate-based treatment systems
Notably, FS is a novel, first-of-its-kind provider of a ground breaking water treatment technology. “It’s going to be a disruptive technology for wastewater treatment because it’s environment-friendly, inexpensive, multi-faceted, and it can treat many tough contaminants just with one dose,” comments Dr. Waite, the founder and president of FS.
FS tackles all environmental challenges including: nutrient contamination (phosphorus and nitrogen), pathogens, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, radionuclides, arsenic, and more. “In collaboration with our OEMs, we design, fabricate, test, install, guarantee, and maintain all components for a customized, Ferrate-based treatment system,” adds Dr. Waite. What’s more? The ingredients for creating and continually producing the right blends of Ferrate (VI) are readily available as they are common feedstock chemicals at most water and wastewater treatment plants in the world.
With such extensive capabilities and a kindling tagline—‘Purple is the new green’ (owing to Ferrate’s deep purple hue and its environmentally-friendly attributes)—Dr. Waite and his team are in the early stages of launching projects all over the world. Customers in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East are coming online and their treatment needs include everything from removing radioactive particles from deep-aquifer drinking water to factory wastewater treatment and bacteria and virus disinfection.
And in the company’s home state of Florida, U.S., Ferrate Solutions was recently selected as a “new technology” to mitigate the state’s harmful algal blooms because of its proven ability to totally remove both phosphorus and nitrogen from agricultural canal drainages. The company has also begun work on treating nutrients in muck dredge water. FS is set to develop strong partnerships with international organizations and materialize its mission-critical vision for cleaner, healthier water, all around the world. “At present, our effort and focus is to set up regional ventures and partnerships so that we can move our technology into those areas very quickly,” concludes the founder.
Management Dr. Thomas Waite, Founder and President
Description Ferrate Solutions (FS) tackles existing industry challenges by designing and installing complete, wastewater and drinking water treatment systems which utilize the chemical compound Ferrate, and that are scalable for any volume flow. To this end, Dr. Waite and his team have developed necessary types of equipment and chemical production and delivery processes that can be utilized for different treatment operations. In collaboration with its OEMs, FS designs, fabricates, tests, installs, guarantees, and maintains all components for a customized, Ferrate-based treatment system. What’s more? The ingredients for creating and continually producing the right blends of Ferrate (VI) are already readily available as they are common feedstock chemicals at most water and wastewater treatment plants in the world. Taglined with “Purple is the New Green”, Ferrate is both purple in hue and environmentally-friendly as it is only applied in closed systems and creates no harmful changes in water chemistry or releases of disinfection by-products.
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