This year’s CES conference had a lot of innovative technological projects showcased, but one of the top products was the Hydraloop, an in-home water recycler that could be a game-changer for saving water and energy. The Dutch company won a CES Innovation award for its water system, and it is no surprise. Hydraloop is coming to the top of a field where companies see the environmental crises ahead and are trying to capitalize on the moment by creating innovative solutions that will not just help the world but make them a lot of money. The Hydraloop is undoubtedly one of the more useful products, it recycles water while you monitor it on your Android. But what does this product actually do?
Hyrdaloop: What is it?
The Hyrdaloop is a water recycler, but what does that really mean? The product itself is the size of a flat refrigerator that hooks into your home or businesses’ water system. You install the system into the building and after it is installed it uses six distinct processes to reuse the water in the building. First it uses sedimentation. Then the system goes through flotation and dissolved air flotation. Then the water goes through foam fractionation. Finally, the water is treated by an aerobic bioreactor and disinfected with UV light. It might be an accessible scientific process, but the end result is water that can be reused in toilets, pools, washing machines, and your lawns and garden.
How Much Does it Cost?
This water reusing system isn’t cheap, it costs $4,000 out of the gate. While it sounds like a lot, it is a small price to pay in the long run. It will save both water and energy by doing a lot more than simply filtering solid waste out of the water or using chemicals to sterilize it. Not only does the Hydraloop provide clean, reusable water, you can optimize its settings and get a sense of how much water and energy you are saving. Plus maintenance is relatively minimal. It is, of course, an investment, but one that will pay off for you, your wallet, and our planet.
Does it Really Save that Much Water?
The estimates for the Hydraloop are based on a four-person household that takes daily showers, uses the toilet regularly, and a standard washing machine for clothes. The company from the Netherlands hopes to save 85 percent of all the water goes through it. According to Hydraloop, the system will cut your sewage impact by 45 percent and lower your carbon emissions by six percent and according to MoneyPug, a site for energy price comparison, the system reduces energy consumption by 600kWh in countries with cooler climates. With all the of this in mind, the system could save up to 20,000 gallons of water every year, which is both good for both your wallet and the environment.
Where Can You Find it?
Hydraloop CEO Arthur Valkieser says that 100 of the units are currently available throughout Europe and Asia. It is also available in the Middle East and Africa. The company plans on rolling out the product in the United States this year. With their hype and award at CES, the company will likely get better distribution deals.
The Future of Water
In the next 30 years, the world population will grow to 10 billion people. The crisis surrounding water is already here, but it will get a lot worse in the coming years. Clean water will be harder and harder to come by, and innovators like Hydraloop plan on making a lot of money while they are doing their part to save the world.
Whether you are into the politics of environmentalism or not, having enough clean and drinkable water is an issue everyone should be focused on. As the future moves ahead, everyone will need to do their part and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. It is going to be expensive at first to save the world, but as these technologies become cheaper and cheaper, it will be easier to do the right thing. It will also turn out to be the right thing for your pocketbook as well.