The “Origami” Inclined Plate Settler
Organisation: Université Laval
Partners: Oxfam GB
Type of grant: Core – development
Summary: A fit-for-purpose humanitarian emergency water treatment system based on the principles of inclined plate settling.
Challenge(s) addressed: This innovation addresses the inadequacies of current water treatment technologies, which are frequently not aligned with humanitarian objectives; resulting in unnecessarily expensive and sometimes ineffective relief.
Innovation Factor: Plate settling principles allow for relatively higher loading rates and consequentially a higher treated water production yield within a smaller footprint. By making the unit collapsible, setup times and transportation costs can also be reduced.
Added Value: Ultimately, larger volumes of water can be produced within SPHERE Standard water quality levels using a relatively low-cost and simple treatment process.
Innovation Phases Description:
- Development: Development of a collapsible emergency water treatment system using inclined plate settling principles in partnership with relevant stakeholders (e.g. relief agencies, water treatment industry).
- Implementation: Design, testing, validation, and implementation of the proposed technology in humanitarian relief contexts.
Key Deliverables / Impact:
- The principle deliverable is the Origami water treatment kit itself.
- During the development of the water treatment system and its performance evaluation, a testing protocol for this kit will be established to aid in the development of other water treatment innovations.
- Additionally, project findings will be disseminated through appropriate fora.