Case Study

Hydro Industries

SPARC’s Swansea team have been working with Hydro Industries, a company specialising in electro-chemical water treatment, to revolutionise the way they power their equipment.

Hydro Industries is based in one of the biggest solar energy parks in the UK, just outside of Llanelli, and was formed in 1993. It specialises in the design, manufacture and operation of electro-chemical based water treatment systems. By utilising an electro-chemical approach it is possible to treat water with a highly clean and renewable friendly technology without the need for adding chemical or biological agents.

The Swansea SPARC team, who specialise in the research and development of Power Electronics Systems for renewable energy sources, have been working with Hydro Industries to incorporate Solar PV generation technology into their product portfolio. By incorporating a sustainable power source into their product systems, they will open up new markets in developing countries where a reliable mains electricity network is not often available and domestic home application eliminates chemical or biological approaches.

The technology was first developed in 2004, and demonstrated on a much smaller scale than the models being used today. Although scaling up is not a problem for the electro-chemical process, it presents a challenge in terms of the power electronics systems that underpin the technology.

Richard Lewis from SPARC’s Swansea team said “The issue we are facing is a matter of controlling the DC current, and ensuring that we maintain maximum treatment levels, with minimum energy usage.”

Dr Paul Holland, LCRI Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer from Swansea University’s College of Engineering said “It has been a real pleasure working with the team at Hydro Industries.

We hope to continue to work together across a range of technologies and applications where we can make real impact with Hydro and its suppliers to benefit the local economy and provide jobs for our graduates.”