Low carbon technology developed in Dunfermline could transform the way utility companies purify water now that the ground-breaking innovation has been given the green light by the UK government.
The ESOL Generator designed by Bridge Biotechnology, which was shortlisted for a VIBES Award last month (September 2015), has this week been approved by the Secretary of State for use in public water supplies.
The generator, which is the first of its kind in Europe, produces ESOL, a unique disinfectant with the germ-killing properties of chlorine but which is safe to drink, kinder to the environment and less costly to produce.
It works by oxidising pathogens and is non-toxic, rapidly degradable and with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity which kills well-known and hospital-acquired superbugs, such as E.coli, Cryptosporidium, Legionella and Clostridium difficile.
Until now, it has been commercially available in various other industrial sectors for use in surface cleaning, decontamination, food preparation, and transportable drinking water systems.
Now that it’s been given the go-ahead for use in drinking water, Bridge Biotechnology says ESOL opens up opportunities for water suppliers, health boards and more.
Nick Montgomery, Scientific Liaison Officer at Bridge Biotechnology, said: “ESOL’s new-found commercial viability for use in drinking water is a major step forward when it comes to innovation.
“It’s a great alternative for utility companies looking to make savings and boost their green credentials – especially now that the Scottish retail water market has been opened up to competition for the first time in history.
“The technology has been more than five years in the making and we’re delighted that we can now take it to market for use in public water supplies.”
Bridge Biotechnology is the sister company of Bridge Systems Ltd, a leading provider of solutions within the UK communications industry.