01 Nov Laundry and Cleaning News- Voltea Expands into Australia

Voltea’s award-winning water desalination technology, CapDI©, has now made its way into the Australia and New Zealand market! This expansion now represents four continents of successful integration, including Asia, Europe, and North America.


Sassenheim, November 2014

Voltea’s award-winning water desalination technology, CapDI©, has now made its way into the Australia and New Zealand market! This expansion now represents four continents of successful integration, including Asia, Europe, and North America.

“We are proud to confirm we have reached an agreement with Australia’s Hydrasyst to be a distributor of Voltea CapDI water softening technology in Australia and New Zealand. The combination of Voltea’s CapDI technology for TDS control, and Hydrasyst’s Grey BoxTM hollow fiber ceramic membrane filtration technology delivers unparalleled performance in water reuse applications,” said Voltea’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Bryan Brister.

Hydrasyst is an innovative water technology company that provides sustainable energy and water treatment solutions. Hydrasyst will be a distributor of Voltea technology for commercial laundry and cooling towers in commercial buildings and shopping centers where controlling TDS lowers operating costs and environmental impact.

Voltea and Hydrasyst have just completed the inaugural installation of their respective technologies at a commercial laundry facility in Melbourne, Australia. The technical combination allows over 90% re-use of the water in the commercial laundry operation and yields significant energy cost savings as water treatment and TDS removal, all while undertaken at the temperature that commercial laundries wash their linen. Mr. Kyle Wolff, CEO of Hydrasyst said, “After an extensive search for a superior technology to reverse osmosis, we are pleased that our mutually beneficial cooperation in the commercial laundry industry has now led to a distribution agreement for a broader market in Australia and New Zealand.”

The process begins with laundry water flowing through the Hydrasyst Grey BoxTM system where it is filtered of all suspended solids and soils left in the water after laundering, but surfactants and detergents remain for reuse. After this step, all constituents have been removed from the water that would make it suitable for reuse in a laundry application, except dissolved salts (TDS). TDS must also be removed from the water to prevent greying of linens during subsequent uses.

This is where Voltea’s CapDI is introduced. Once the water has been treated by the Grey BoxTM, it then flows into Voltea’s CapDI, which occupies a footprint of less than 1m2, where all dissolved salts are removed. Ultimately, it is the combination of these technologies that provides the total water treatment required to make the water suitable for reuse in the laundry, and a key feature of the combined technologies is that both systems treat the water at the temperature that laundries operate (40-60°C). Treating the water at temperature is of critical importance as this is where substantial energy savings are realized since re-heating the water before the next laundry cycle is not necessary. In fact, up to 50% energy savings are documented, as well as up to 80% water recovery.

When the laundry water enters into the CapDI system for salt removal, the energy required to remove the salt is approximately 0.5 kWh/m3. In this application, the end-product recycled laundry water still has the surfactants and cleaning agents in it, which allows less detergent to be used in future cycles and also saves on operational costs.


 About Voltea

Voltea has been delivering electrochemical water-conditioning equipment to institutional, commercial and industrial customers for over 6 years. Voltea’s CapDI© systems remove dissolved salts from water using electricity at a lower economic and environmental cost than any other available technology. Voltea was recognized as one of the 21 Technology Pioneers 2013 at the World Economic Forum, listed in the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 and won the best new technology award at the 2010 Global Water Summit.