WYDREX TECHNOLOGY

Our solutions address some of the common challenges faced by conventional filtration technologies. We do not produce huge amounts of sludge and rejected wastewater in the form of contaminated concentrate.

 

WYDREX combines two of the most advanced technology solutions available today with state-of-the-art electronics enabling fully autonomous operation to deliver the most advanced treatment to potable level.

Our BIO and NANO technologies combine unique benefits such as sludge and chemical reduction, significantly reduced footprint and power consumption charges whilst delivering an odour free solution making it ideal for built up areas. The end product is the highest quality drinking water with eliminated bacteria, viruses, medical residues, hormones, pesticides, toxins, heavy metals and micro plastics.


Whilst conventional Waste and Fresh water Treatment Technologies are energy intensive, accounting for between 5-10% of a country’s power consumption, WYDREX technologies can be powered off-grid from solar panels.

 
 

HOW IT WORKS

First stage: Wastewater treatment

WDX BIO

Our business was founded on three main principles: quality, pricing and service, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to them each day. We supply quality services at competitive pricing, no matter what the item may be.
 

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Second stage: Water filtration

WDX NANO

Following biological treatment, WDX NANO filtration technology is used. Water is mechanically filtered and passed through the nano-glass filter, eliminating all viruses and bacteria. Water is then ionised, and split water molecules with attached contaminants are passed through a second nano filter. This filter uses a unique 3D structure that minimises power consumption and provides consistent guaranteed quality over the filter’s lifetime.


Unlike Reverse Osmosis, WDX NANO retains the desired level of minerals in water. Should the mineralisation level not be sufficient, another cartridge is used for additional mineralisation. The solution uses cartridge that works on physical and mechanical principles retaining excess minerals from hard water, but adding minerals if the water is excessively soft.   Active carbon is used to retain any microscopic toxins, heavy metals or odours bound to the water. In the solution for residential developments the water flows through coconut fibres, to add a pleasant smell. The effluent water is not only mechanically, chemically and biologically clean, but also provides a pleasant taste for its users.

The final configuration

WDX NANO

The final configuration of devices may change based on specific client needs – e.g. arsenic removal or mineralisation. These risks are always assessed at the beginning of the process and addressed on a tailored basis.

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WDX BIO

High-quality, high-efficiency, ecological wastewater treatment

Research & Development

WDX BIO technology is built on over 28 years of research in biochemistry and eight years of in-house hardware and software development. The relevant in-house capabilities in electrotechnical and biochemical laboratories are utilised to develop new technologies and product improvements.

Intellectual property

The unique features of Wydrex technology were confirmed by the granting of 63 patents and industrial protected designs in various regions all over the world, including the EU, USA, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Competitive advantages

Properties

 

Properties

ODOUR-FREE OPERATION

The whole operation is odour free, even with open basins for biological treatment. The processed sludge is also odour-free. WDX BIO allows water recycling at the location where the waste was created – avoiding long-distance water transportation and the creation of a protective zone around the plant.

SLUDGE REMOVAL

80 to 91% of sludge is biologically removed in the treatment process. The organic content is consumed by bacteria and when these bacteria die, they become food for the next bacteria generation. While on conventional municipal plants the sludge is extracted once or twice per month, WDX BIO plants require extraction only once or twice per year. If a separate sludge tank is built, extraction isn’t necessary until after 18 months. 

The effluent sludge consists of up to 70% minerals and 30% dead organic matter. Once dried in the sun or stabilised using a small amount of slaked lime, the sludge can be used as a safe fertiliser.

LOW POWER CONSUMPTION

Both technologies – WDX BIO and NANO – achieve very small power consumption levels. In many regions they can be powered by solar panels or wind turbines. This reduces their carbon footprint even further.

CHEMICAL CONSUMPTION

In most applications, WDX BIO plants do not use any chemical products or agents. They contain twice the amount of bacteria of conventional plants, producing enough enzymes to run natural coagulation activity without added chemicals. In municipal wastewater the bacteria also decomposes any oil and grease present.

If the water is reclaimed or released to eutrophic waters a precipitation agent for phosphorus retention is added. Only biodegradable iron salts are used. Our process is so effective that a WDX BIO plant needs only 5% of the precipitation agent used in conventional plants.

Footprint savings

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Plant Footprint

The WDX BIO plant is significantly smaller than most conventional plants. Only Reverse Osmosis technology achieves a smaller footprint area.

WDX BIO completely omits clarification tanks as it does not undertake primary treatment, instead treating 100% of sludge biologically. The processed sludge clarifier is also omitted, as we use sludge separators embedded in aeration tanks. We remove over 80% of sludge biologically so we don’t need sludge management, digesters or any related infrastructure including service roads. In total, large Wydrex plants can save up to 82% when compared with a conventional biological plant’s footprint.

 
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WDX BIO process

The basic schema of the Wydrex biological treatment process:

Anaerobic zone, Anoxic zone

Aerobic zone

1. Anaerobic & Anoxic zones

2. Aerobic zone

3. Separator

4. Feedback

5. Sludge backflow

6. Aerator

An equalising tank creates hydraulic pressure to secure the reactor, ensuring bacteria are not flushed out by rainwater. It is also used for equalising flow at peak/off-peak periods. The wastewater is pumped from the equalising tank to the reactor(s). 

Pre-treatment uses screens for large solids extraction. The need for large solids extraction can be monitored and reported. On some applications traps for sand, oil and grease are also included. Wydrex technology does not use any primary treatment. Instead of extracting sludge prior to treatment, we treat 100% of wastewater volume biologically. 

 

The patented biological reactor consists of aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic zones. All three zones are strictly separated and their conditions carefully monitored and managed. This approach creates specific conditions in which bacteria create enzymes able to follow the shortened nitrogen cycle.

The treatment process is fully autonomous. Wastewater enters the anaerobic zone, where it’s mixed with sludge containing a high level of NO2. In its presence, bacteria break down methane into N2 immediately, removing the unpleasant odour. The Wydrex management system carefully guards against individual environments mixing together and destroying their unique properties. 

The aerobic zone can be temporarily used for denitrification, should the demand arise whilst treating high organic load.

A sludge separator is used to settle the active sludge and clarify the clean water. In contrast to conventional technologies, the separator has no moving parts. It has a rectangular footprint and is integrated directly in the aerobic zone. Clean water is released from the sludge separator or enters the optional filter. 

 

A sludge tank temporarily holds larger amounts of sludge. After sludge is collected, it is fed back into the process until most of its organic content is removed. In the majority of installations the sludge tank is integrated.

Treatment efficiency

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ELECTRONICS

WDX-AS-M2 & M3 for Wydrex packaged plants

  • Fully autonomous operation

  • Remote monitoring and control provides real time overview and full remote control of any plant’s functionality

  • Cloud servers used for data collection, treatment history evaluation and treatment optimisation

  • Extremely low power consumption allows powering the plant off-grid, just by solar panels

  • Industry 4.0 standard including Internet of Things

  • In house designed and manufactured to achieve best quality at affordable cost

 
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TREATMENT

WDX BIO

Wydrex in the first stage treats the wastewater biologically allowing bacteria naturally remove the majority of contaminants.
We are using a patented biological reactor that not only processes the wastewater, but biologically treats 100% of the sludge. The sludge is converted into nutrients and water molecules. This is the reason why water production in Wydrex BIO is significantly higher than on any conventional biological plant or filtration technology which both retain sludge at the beginning of the process.

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MONITORED PARAMETERS

  • pH

  • REDOX

  • Temperature

  • Sludge level

INTERFACES

  • Remote control through mobile network (GSM, LTE)

  • Local setup through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

  • RS485 for Internal communication

POWER CONSUMPTION

The typical power consumption for WDX BIO Packaged Plants is 1.4 to 1.6 kWh per m3.
Power consumption at the second stage highly depends on installation size and contamination levels e.g. power consumption in a home installation is 0.01kWh whilst treating and only one hundredth of this value in standby mode. Exact power consumption will be calculated on receipt of project details and the wastewater constituency report.

 
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WDX-AS-L2 FOR WYDREX BUILD PLANTS

  • Fully autonomous operation does not require operator presence

  • Remote monitoring and control provides real time overview and full remote control of any plant’s functionality

  • Cloud servers used for data collection, treatment history evaluation and treatment optimisation

  • Very low power consumption

  • Industry 4.0 standard including Internet of Things

  • In house designed and manufactured to achieve best quality and power consumption levels

 

MONITORED PARAMETERS

  • ORP / REDOX

  • Dissolved Oxygen

  • Temperature

  • pH (if unstable)

  • Sludge levels

  • Influent and effluent water flows

  • Management of influent water in every channel

  • Pressures in the system (pipe failures)

  • Status of every electronic device including valves and pumps

INTERFACES

  • Remote control through Ethernet connection

  • Local setup through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

  • RS485 for Internal communication

  • Optional interface for SCADA systems can be provided

POWER CONSUMPTION

Build Wydrex BIO plants provide a maximum power consumption guarantee of 0.5 kWh per m3. This accounts for 60% power saving when compared to conventional plants.

CERTIFICATION

CE certified

 

COMPLIANT TO US MILITARY AND BANK ENCRYPTION STANDARDS

Wydrex electronics does not work like electronics on conventional plants which are mainly timer or relay based or use generic PLC’s for providing the same functionality. 
In contrast Wydrex algorithms covers all normal parameters the plant will operate under. It manages the operation of the plant autonomously optimising performance and power consumption. When higher contamination is present, the process automatically intensifies. At low inflow or lower contamination levels the treatment intensity is automatically reduced to save power. Special modes like temporary denitrification in the aerobic chamber or running the most power consuming activities at cheaper night current rates can be implemented.

INDUSTRIES

WDX technology provides highly efficient biological treatment. It can be applied anywhere where biological contamination is predominant. Typical industries include:

  • Municipal wastewater treatment

  • Agriculture

  • Food industry

  • Wineries and breweries

  • Lake and river contamination reduction

MUNICIPAL

Built-up urban environments: As we provide an odour free solution  a Wydrex plant can be set up in a large urban conurbation without any impact on local residents.
Our Package Plants can be used for decentralized treatment and on site water recycling for irrigation purposes.  The biologically treated sludge generated on our plants can be safely used as a fertiliser. As these installations can run autonomously hundreds of them can be managed remotely by a small central team ensuring a highly cost-effective decentralised solution . 

The Wydrex Packaged Plants can be set up very quickly. As they provide high quality water within weeks of installation it offers an ideal solution, even for places where lots of people are concentrated in a confined space, under poor conditions such as refugee camps.

Wydrex technology has  experience providing wastewater treatment in the most harsh environments such as pig farms, wineries or distilleries. Our main focus  however is on municipal wastewater treatment. 

Our focus is on:

  • Wastewater treatment plant vendors

  • Utility Companies servicing wastewater treatment plants

  • Fresh water vendors

  • Developers

  • Residential areas

  • Blocks of flats

  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs

  • Camp sites

  • Golf clubs

  • Remote communities

In addition to wastewater treatment Wydrex delivers solutions for safe potable water production. It covers areas with compromised fresh water quality, or where water cannot be extracted from chemically, biologically or otherwise contaminated sources.
It also brings a completely new concept of Direct Potable water as one of the first vendors on the market. This proposition can make a difference to the most deprived communities . We can recycle the waste present on site and have access to safe potable water free of any risk or danger.

 

WYDREX NANO

Technology for potable water production

MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER

  • Any pathogens including: giardia lamblia, salmonella, shigella, typhoid, yersinin enterocolitica, viral hepatitis or viruses such as COVID-19

  • Biological contaminants: phosphates, nitrogen etc.

  • Drugs and medicines: pharmaceutical drugs, chlorinated solvents, contraception, hormones, antibiotics, hydrocarbons etc.

  • Micro plastics

INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER

  • Metallic contaminants: aluminium, arsenic, barium, cadmium, copper, chromium, iron, lead, lithium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum nickel, silver, uranium, and zinc

  • Non-metallic contaminants: fertilizers, acids, ammonia, nitrate, phosphates, boron, chloride, cyanide, fluoride, radium, selenium, sulphates and various radioactive isotopes

  • Synthetic organic contaminants: pesticides, chlorinated solvents, hydrocarbons and polychlorinated bi-phenols (PCBs) etc.

 
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HOW WYDREX NANO WORKS

We can address any type of input water. The treatment is based on physical processes without use of any chemicals. The unique spiral design of nano membranes ensures same performance over the whole membrane lifetime avoiding need for bleaching and anti-clogging agents.


The nanoparticles are designed to attract water and are highly porous, soaking up water like a sponge. The impurities and contaminants are larger than water molecules and cannot pass through the nano tunnels so they are rejected. On the contrary to conventional technologies the spiral nano module is reluctant to clogging and repels the contaminants. The rejected particles do not stick to the membrane, so they need less back flushing. Less water is required in the process and higher volume is produced. 

 

COMPONENTS TYPICALLY USED AND PROBLEMS ADDRESSED

  • filtering out suspended solids and micro plastics (size between 100 nm to 5 mm)

  • sorbent or 50 µm filtration used to address Arsenic, hard water and excessive Iron or Magnesium

  • GAC for chlorine removal, water softening, partial retention of suspended solids, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and medicine residuals

  • 5 µm filtration for suspended solids, sand and turbidity removal

  • Glass nano filters to kill bacteria, viruses and protozoa by disrupting their DNA/RNA code

  • Spiral nano module for dissolved solids retention including salts, minerals, nitrates, medicines and their residua, hormones, pesticides and chemicals as well as retaining dead bodies of microbial life

  • active carbon of fullerenes sorbing some particles, including free radicals, heavy metals and removing smell and colour

  • negative ions changing by ionizer to charge water molecules and increase its capability when binding to minerals

  • oxygen molecules generation induced by infrared radiation

  • non-chemical pH adjustment without use of electrolysis. Charged water particles are bound to the minerals that change the water pH

  • mineralization and mineral level equalizing

  • final ozone + UV-C sterilization

CAPACITY

Typical solutions are ranging from 7.5 m3 (50PE) higher. Wydrex NANO can cover any water capacity as multiple production lanes can work in parallel.

Separate product line is available for under sink and home installations.

LIFETIME

The technology lifetime is 20 years. Individual components wearing differ – details are included in a proposal and user manual.

 

Higher water volume production

With traditional Reverse Osmosis solutions, only 20-40% of water reaches the desired effluent level, meaning up to 80% of wastewater is rejected. WDX NANO is able to recycle approximately 66% of water up to potable level while working with the same level of contamination. When combined with WDX BIO, the water production volume is even higher. 

Low power consumption

Both technologies – WDX BIO and NANO – achieve very small power consumption levels. In many regions they can be powered by solar panels or wind turbines. This reduces their carbon footprint even further.

Safe from biohazards, including viruses

The Wydrex NANO solution provides effluent water safe of any biohazard risk. It eliminates all bacteria and viruses that could survive biological treatment and sanitation. It also eliminates any hormones (including oestrogen, testosterone), antibiotics and other medicine that could be present in the wastewater from local inhabitants. Reduction of heavy metals and radioactive isotopes forms part of the solution as well.
Upon request a configuration is available which also removes toxins such as arsenic. The Wydrex NANO Profi version can produce potable water almost from any liquid or chemical containing water.

Guaranteed quality and performance

While clogging of Reverse Osmosis membranes significantly decreases the amount of water produced and increases power consumption, WDX NANO has the same guaranteed effluent quality and volume production over its lifetime. Our membranes’ 3D nano structure provides consistent operating performance as it never gets completely clogged during its lifetime. Moreover at the end of its lifetime, only half of its nominal capacity is used. This buffer allows us to guarantee continuous and consistent quality.