Okeanos Technologies (Cincinnati, USA) Okeanos Technologies offers a new, groundbreaking electrochemical method for separating salt from water. At 50% costs compared to present methods, our technology promises to help alleviate the most profound developing problem on earth – lack of safe drinking water for our world’s inhabitants.
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Next Step Challenge spotlight with Okeanos Technologies
Describe your startup and product as if you were describing it to a non-tech person on the street.
Okeanos was formed in 2010 to develop a next-generation, ultra-efficient desalination microtechnology to address our planets chronic and increasingly alarming fresh water shortages. Our WaterChipTM platform represents a “solid-state” alternative to present-day approaches for creating fresh water from seawater and brackish aquifer sources
Describe how you got the idea to start your business.
As a scientist and technology developer I read the peer-reviewed literature with an eye towards identifying nascent technologies with the potential to solve problems of global scale.
How does your product/service works?
The Okeanos WaterChip™ is a solid-state, Massively Paralleled Desalination (MPD) platform that uses a newly characterized, patent-pending microscale process called Electrochemically Mediated Desalination (EMD) to desalinate with radical energy-efficiency. We desalinate millionths of a liter at a time – that is, we “Microdesalinate” – and we do this using tiny microstructures, which are then massively paralleled to produce useful water flows. Desalination in tiny volumes allows us exploit a form of energy that simply cannot be generated in “macroscale” (e.g. liters of space). This form of energy is called an “electrochemical field gradient” and using them to do the “work” of desalination is advantageous because desalination becomes indirectly attainable using an “engine” that can be powered by a process that is limited by electron rather than ion-transfer kinetics. As a result, EMD is far more efficient than those processes that function in the dimensions of space you are used to thinking about – such as Reverse Osmosis, Electrodialysis or heat/evaporative based methods.
Why did you apply for the Next Step Challenge program?
Denmarks clean-tech interests are second to none. We gain access to clean-tech focused invetors, incentives such as grants, and access to Danish engineering and scientific talent at local universities such as Aalborg Esbjerg.
Who is the founder(s) of your team?
Tony Frudakis, Ph.D.
Current number of employees: 5
Which countries are you from?
All of us – United States
Year Founded: 2012
Fun fact: Tony is a huge soccer fan and is part of the Next Step Challenge soccer team in Esbjerg who plays each Thursday.
Tony Frudakis, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer | Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org