The Technology

The new technology we have developed is a new class of next generation industrial desiccant materials called Regeneration Optimized Sorbents (ROS).

 

The key feature of our new sorbent materials is that they reduce the energy required to absorb and desorb water vapor. This feature unlocks energy-efficient humidity management, enabling more efficient desiccant dehumidifier operation, and realizes new class of Hybrid Atmospheric Water Extraction designs.

 

 

Regeneration Optimized Sorbent- ROS

Energy-Efficiency 

ROS materials are not only energy-efficient, but are novel in their ability to function in low humidity environments, and at near freezing temperatures. This allows them to be used to supercharge Atmospheric Water Extraction in harsh environments, making them a natural fit for improving humanitarian, civil and defense water resilience and security. 

The technology emerged from decades of research, and is entering commercial markets in 2020. The proven supply chain is based in the USA.

ROS’s efficiency is due to its superior kinetics, which outperforms all other published sorbent candidates. ROS sorbents function like traditional desiccants, but use less energy to regenerate (eject their water vapor load) at a much lower temperature than traditional desiccants (49°C instead of up to 200°C). This results in dramatically improved energy-efficiency and lower temperature exhaust from buildings HVAC systems, a functional way to stop carbon emissions before they start. 

This lower energy footprint is important because it unlocks the ability to design new desiccant/refrigerant based Atmospheric Water Generating (AWG) equipment to operate more effectively than current technology permits. ROS’s speed of absorb/desorb cycle time, coupled with a lower temperature of operation enables successful water extraction. This water extraction can be scaled from five (5) gallons per day to 5,000 gallons per day, offering a new tool in water resilience technology.

 

 

Water From Air

ROS materials are not only energy-efficient, but are novel in their ability to function in low humidity environments, and at near freezing temperatures. This allows them to be used to supercharge atmospheric water generation in harsh environments and makes them a natural fit for improving humanitarian, civil and defense water resilience and security. 

We have built working prototypes, have a vertical supply chain in the USA and are offering pilot project demonstration programs during the 2020 fiscal year to approved interested parties. We are currently accepting applications for funded demonstration unit pilot programs for 2020-2021.

To learn more and apply for our pilot programs, please visit our contact page. 

 

Regeneration Optimized Sorbent = Metal Organic Framework

ROS

Our Regeneration Optimized Sorbent technology is a derivative of a Metal Organic Framework, which is a subset of the Chemical Engineering Discipline called Crystal Engineering. 

MOF history

Crystal Engineering was first conceived in 1959 by Dr. Richard P. Feynman. 

R.A. Robson, expanded upon Dr. Feynman’s theory of designer coordination network materials in 1989 by combining a metal node and an organic linker to design a nanoscale cavity. 

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MOF

This Metal Node and Organic Linker is now known in the Chemical Engineering community as Metal Organic Frameworks (a.k.a. “MOF”). 

Why MOF's

MOFs are key, because they can be designed from first principles to design new chemicals, compounds and materials to have specific properties. This makes MOFs one of the pillars of modern pharmaceutical design and development. 

Other MOF's

Nearly all MOF’s have complex costly components that are not stable in the long term presence of water.

Why ROS

ROS has the fastest kinetics of any published sorbent material. ROS is non-toxic and commercially available and cost competitive with incumbent technology.