AquaOmnes, a breakthrough saline water treatment technology allowing selective salt extraction to catch the most value.
TypeStartup or self-employed
FoundersGuillaume de SOUZA
Headquarters94320 Thiais, France
Adionics is a 7 year old company developing a saline water treatment breakthrough technology. It allows massive or selective salt extraction from brakish water or brine by the use of a water non miscible organic formulation having affinity for these salts at ambient temperature and loosing that affinity when contacted with hot water. The revolution comes from the discovery of "How hydrophilic anions can follow cations in a water non miscible organic phase".
Developped at first for low energy sea water thermal desalination, its first industrial implementation Will be on the selective extraction of Lithium chlorose from natural brines, to supply the very quick growing demand for Li-ion batteries due to the development of e-mobility (need of 50 kg Lithium for each electric car). This Lock and Key technology approach, first tested in Abu Dhabi, is now being implemented as a 50-100 m3/day pre-industrial prototype in Martigues, France. Lithium mining projets in the Lithium triangle of South America are being developped today. Environnemental gains are relative to water consumption divided by more than 1000, generation of waste devided by 500, lithium extraction recovery more than doubled and time to market dropped from one to two years to less than 8 hours. All this with very nice and profitable economics.