Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grant win­ners at the Sym­po­sium on Water Inno­va­tion in Mass­a­chu­setts (SWIM) on Wednesday. The grants are being awarded to a Florida com­pany, a local startup and a North­eastern Unvier­sity researcher in hopes to create jobs and posi­ti­tion the Bay State as a hub for invest­ments in advanced water tech­nology, accoriding to Energy and Envi­ron­mental Affairs Sec­re­taryRick Sul­livan.

The SWIM event attracted more than 120 com­pa­nies that operate in water inno­va­tion who joined together to dis­cuss what the state con­siders to be a $500 bil­lion global industry.

Each of the three grants are being awarded under the pro­grams finan­cially sup­ported by the Mass­a­chu­setts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

Mass­a­chu­setts is known around the world for its aca­d­emic research, its skilled work­force and its tech­no­log­ical appli­ca­tion of bold and inno­v­a­tive ideas,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. “By bringing these groups together, we can posi­tion the Com­mon­wealth as a leader in tack­ling these pressing global issues.”

MassCEC, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the U.S. Envi­ron­mental Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) and the NECEC Insti­tute, awarded up to $70,000 to Applied Envi­ron­mental Tech­nology for a demon­stra­tion project that will test waste­water treat­ment tech­nolo­gies at the Mass­a­chu­setts Alter­na­tive Septic System Test Center in Barnstable.

In a part­ner­ship with the Mass­a­chu­setts Tech­nology Transfer Center (MTTC), MassCEC gave $40,000 to Latika Menon, a researcher at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who is inves­ti­gating an advanced fil­tra­tion mate­rial that could poten­tially sep­a­rate water from oil and other com­plex solu­tions, and NBD Nan­otech­nolo­gies Inc., a venture-​​backed, Boston-​​based startup led by Miguel Galvez and Deckard Sorensen of Boston Col­lege that is working on enhanced con­den­sa­tion tech­nology for HVAC, heat exchangers, power plants, desali­na­tion plants and dehumidifiers.

Read the article at Boston Business Journal →