Innovating at the Water and Energy Nexus

Innovating at the Water and Energy Nexus

Innovating at the Water and Energy NexusInnovating at the Water and Energy NexusInnovating at the Water and Energy Nexus

PFAS

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Emerging Contaminants – PFAS

Contamination by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has become a fast-emerging environmental issue in recent years. PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals, widely used for many decades (e.g., in Teflon, Gore-Tex, ScotchGard), that are bio-accumulative and harmful to humans at trace levels. PFAS are very persistent in the environment because their carbon-fluorine bonds are among the most stable in chemistry. Thousands of sites in nearly all U.S. states are contaminated with PFAS effecting hundreds of millions of Americans.


Onvector is developing an enhanced Plasma Vortex platform that can destroy PFAS on a commercial scale. The Plasma Vortex reactor employs a proprietary method of stretching a plasma arc to facilitate the reliable generation of oxidizing and reactant agents, together with focal areas of high temperature at the surface of the arc, destroying PFAS within the water matrix.


Effective and reliable treatment of PFAS-contaminated water is a necessity not only to protect humans against exposure to these harmful substances but also to remediate and protect our environment.