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Developing an electrolytic disinfection device

New electrolytic disinfection device reducing bacteria levels by up to 99% in the hot water system and offering the highest standards of hygiene.

The need

When Jon Fielder, SOCOTEC’s technical director for Water Treatment Equipment, Environment and Safety, wanted to develop an electrolytic disinfection device, the company approached Brunel University London to assist.

The solution

Both the company and Brunel staff agreed that the best way to achieve this business goal was to take part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The academic team and our Research Support and Development Office put together a bid for a grant to cover the costs of the project. 

Brunel evaluated the use of electrolytic disinfection (ED) for controlling Legionella and other pathogens in hot water systems. Brunel academics worked at the company headquarters with this Knowledge Transfer Partnership part of a five year collaboration between SOCOTEC and Brunel University London.

The outcome

  • Innovate UK grant to the value of £153,000 
  • Development of Protex!
  • Estimated energy savings of up to £62 million through the use of Protex! in UK non-domestic buildings 
  • Reducing bacteria levels by up to 99% in the hot water system of a Multiple Sclerosis centre in Wendover, Buckinghamshire.
  • Meeting rigorous regulatory water treatment requirements and offering the highest standards of hygiene
  • Protex! effective at lower temperatures, thereby reducing energy consumption and improving safety, whilst reducing our dependence on traditional chemical biocides.

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Case study last modified 04/07/2022

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