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A reliable, effective ballast water management system through unique in situ biocide production

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Project "XCell" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.5. (Cross-cutting marine and maritime research)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.3. (Unlocking the potential of aquatic living resources)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-04-01   to  2018-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ATANA LTD UK (LEICESTER) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

The transfer of invasive species via ballast water in shipping is a continuing threat to biodiversity and human health. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) state untreated ballast water is the second biggest environmental issue after global warming, causing damage of ~$100 billion p.a globally.

To address this, recent IMO legislation requires all vessels to fit an approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) by 2024. Ship builders and operators are thus seeking compliant BWMS which also meet operational needs such as high efficacy, reliability and low operating costs.

Unfortunately, current products, mostly based on Ultraviolet and Electrochlorination, suffer from poor disinfection and low reliability. In fact, almost half of all installed systems are not operational or not performing to standard at any given time, according to The American Bureau of Shipping and major ship owners. Emerging technologies such as Boron Doped Diamond (BDD) electrochlorination can dramatically increase efficacy but suffer from delamination and clogging caused by the byproducts of electrolyzing seawater.

Innovative wastewater treatment specialist Atana has developed XCell, a unique patent-protected electrochlorination cell to resolve issues in current state of the art systems. It uses novel, structured BDD electrodes which deliver a 40% more efficacious, non-corrosive product, Hydrus75, which is used and trusted globally.

Our objective is to transfer this technology to exploit the market opportunity in the BWMS sector. Production is currently shore-based and we need to demonstrate on board production to the marine market. This Phase 1 project will validate the market opportunity for XCell in the ballast water sector and confirm our potential to generate cumulative revenues of €90 million and cumulative net profits of €13 million over 6 years (7 x ROI on EC Phase 2 investment), creating 204 highly skilled jobs, supporting compliance and boosting Europe’s blue growth.

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