Aclarity, LCC, formerly known as ElectroPure, is a Massachusetts startup that has extensively studied a different method to clean consumers’ water – through electricity. It was founded by Julie Bliss Mullen, a Ph.D. candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF-GRF) in Civil Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts. She’s supported by her co-founder Barrett Mully, a full-time MBA candidate and a fellow at the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management.
The water is purified through electrochemical advanced oxidation process (EAOP). According to the company, the method makes the water safe for consumption by destroying pathogens and other unwanted contaminants by producing oxidants and disinfectants on the anode surface. It also neutralizes pH because of the extreme changes occurring on the electrode surface and removes contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and metals.
The core patent-pending electrochemical technology has caught the attention of various corporations that support start-up companies. In fact, Aclarity has initially received $26,000 from the UMass Innovation Challenge to help them kick-start their company. The company has also won $27,500 prize from a Valley Venture Mentors startup accelerator program in Massachusetts and $65,000 from The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Catalyst program.
Aclarity was a finalist for the MIT Water Innovation Prize where they received a total of $225,000 via a National Science Foundation small business grant.
Now, everyone might be thinking, does that mean the method is 100% environment-friendly? According to the founders, the EAOP has extensive water treatment capabilities, while consuming less energy than the other water treatment methods.
Aclarity is expected to have a full-operating device in 2020.