Arvia Technology Scoops Coveted Innovation Prize

Northwest based company, Arvia Technology, has scooped first place in sustainability in a competition designed to support innovation at the ‘Innovate10’ event in London.

As the winner in their category, Arvia, a spin-out from the University of Manchester, was awarded £100,000 to further their development of a chemical and waste-free, low carbon approach to recycling domestic grey-water.

The ‘Competition for Disruptive Solutions’ which was run by the Technology Strategy Board, was open to technologies which have the potential to alter a market dramatically through ground-breaking innovation.

The aim of the competition is to stimulate ideas that could provide solutions to challenges in the market, and over 500 companies entered, by submitting two-minute long video pitches outlining their proposals.

These entrants were thoroughly assessed, with twelve finalists selected and invited to pitch their projects to an expert panel of judges in a forum at the Innovate10 event on 12th October.

Iain Gray Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “This is the first time that we have run a competition in this way, with early stage video pitches and the final stage being decided by a live panel of judges and members of the audience and we are very pleased with the outcome. My congratulations go to all the winners who went up against significant competition to clinch the £100,000 award. We are now looking forward to keeping track with the winning projects and watching some excellent innovation projects take shape.”

Arvia Technology pitched their award winning technology for the destruction of organics in water and wastewater. The aim of their project is to investigate the disinfection properties of the process for the treatment and reuse of grey water within domestic and commercial applications.

Arvia has a patented material called Nyex® which removes organic pollutants from water. These pollutants are then destroyed using low power regeneration, leaving no waste for disposal. The treatment and regeneration process takes place on-site and is up-to 90% more cost-effective than conventional techniques.

Martin Keighley, Arvia’s CEO, said: “It is a thrill and an honour to win what is a unique and fiercely contested competition. The big challenge for Arvia, as it for any business developing disruptive environmental technology, is breaking into the mainstream.

“Only through mass adoption can we make a difference on a large scale, particularly when it comes to grey-water, as we’re potentially talking about billions of homes and businesses worldwide.  This award and the funding that goes with it is another important step in achieving this.”

Martin concludes: “The reaction to Arvia’s technology has been phenomenal, with recognition, awards and inroads made across a broad range of markets including: groundwater remediation, nuclear decommissioning, pulp and paper and raw water treatment.”

More Information on the Innovate10 awards can be found at www.innovateuk.org