WaterIQ Technologies — a company focusing on ultrasonic solutions to combat algae and biofilm without the use of chemicals — has announced the availability of its Pulsar 4400 and 3400. They are ultrasonic devices for large and small water bodies designed for use by drinking water utilities, wastewater processing, agriculture, aquaculture, lakes and ponds, municipal governments, and recreational waters.
The impacts of uncontrolled algae and biofilm are threats to health, safety to environmental destruction and regulatory challenges. In addition, algae and biofilm are impacting the safety, economics, and aesthetics of water resources.
Emitting 4,400 frequencies in two-bands, the Pulsar platform targets green and blue green algae found in freshwater bodies as well as golden algae, and dinoflagellates that cause red tide — found in saltwater bodies with its high precision frequencies. The Pulsar can disable flagella — commonly known as golden algae — which is responsible for fish-kills and dinoflagellates which causes red tide and is found in some of the warmest waters.
“WaterIQ efforts toward preventing and destroying algae beyond traditional ultrasonic methods demonstrates what is achievable with high precision ultrasound targeting,” said Lawrence Field, WaterIQ CEO and chairman.
Reportedly chemical-free and safe for fish and plants, the Pulsar 4400 and Pulsar 3400 prevent algae growth by transmitting ultrasonic sound waves that disrupt gas vesicles, flagella, and other cellular mechanisms in the algae, causing them to sink to the bottom and die, without releasing toxins. The disruption of algae cellular structures is critical to the eradication of algae and occurs through critical structural resonance (CSR), which causes simple cell structures to resonate. The more frequencies emitted towards an algae cell the more likely it will resonate and be destroyed.
Both of its telemetry includes on/off restart, reboot, sync and measurement of operational performance and water quality metrics, at intervals. The platforms operate 24/7 and come standard with telemetry and cloud solutions to enable monitoring of operational performance and real-time water quality.
The Pulsar 4400 is ideal for larger bodies of water and provides high precision targeting, emitting closer-spaced frequencies that impact a higher percentage of alga structures. It includes support for water quality monitoring including phycocyanin, chlorophyll, temperature, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), pH, dissolved oxygen (DO) and turbidity.
The Pulsar 3400 suits for smaller bodies of water. It also supports 4,400 frequencies, but with lower transmitted power to better fit smaller bodies of water. It utilises high precision targeting technology to prevent and mitigate algae blooms.
WaterIQ also offers an Algae Killing as a Service (AKaaS) option that shifts capital spend to a lower monthly expense item, with included technology upgrades and technical support. The Pulsar 3400 and 4400 will be featured at the upcoming WEFTEC 2023 conference and exhibition on 30 Sep-4 Oct 2023 in Chicago, US.