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Textile water purification project pulls off the win in the regional finals of the Venture Cup

Smart Textiles’ ‘Waterweave’ project was twice declared a winner at the Venture Cup’s regional competition, taking home the prize for the ‘Environment & Energy’ category and then winning the regional competition itself. Now, the project will compete in the Swedish finals.

– It is a fantastic feeling, and confirms that we have a product that can contribute to solving an important problem, Nils-Krister Persson of Smart Textiles says. Together with Patrik Lennartsson from the University of Borås, he has conducted research into the idea of a textile water purification system.

Prize money for further development

Maria Knutsson and Sandra Melin of Chalmers University of Technology’s entrepreneurship programme were involved in the commercialising of the product, and were present yesterday to receive the prizes at the event.

The prize money will be used for field and lab testing of the water purification system so as to be able to develop it further, Sandra Melin says.

The jury had the following to say about the winning project:

With a strong proposal and huge market potential, this idea solves an urgent and important problem. The jury sees excellent opportunities for it to become a ‘game changer’ on a global level.

Fabric that purifies water

The project is a textile water purification system in which a fabric is submerged in polluted water. When the photocatalytic coating of the fabric comes into contact with sunlight, a process that kills bacteria and other microorganisms begins. It is also possible to purify bodies of water of heavy metals by using a coating with a special kind of fungus, which has been allowed to grow on the fabric. The method can be used to, for example, purify urban run-off in Sweden.

The Swedish finals of the Venture Cup are to be held in Stockholm in Spring 2015, and Waterweave has a chance to take home the prize for best business plan.