H2OMON Commericalisation Project

Funded under the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, the H20Mon project will enable the rapid commercialisation of our affordable, autonomous,  integrated nitrate/phosphorous/ammonia sensor solution.

Offering in-situ calibration and high-frequency measurements over long deployment periods, together with a built-in communication system and process control add-on, the H2OMon device will allow users to remotely monitor water quality in lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastal zones, alerting them instantaneously when nutrient limits are breached and enabling them to take immediate action to prevent environmental damage.

For inland, marine and brackish water applications

Real-time total nutrient pollution awareness and alarms

Cost-effective, accurate remote sensing & advanced communication

Novelty & Innovation

  • Real-time monitoring for actionable insights: H20Mon’s near-continuous nutrient monitoring ensures clients can observe the curve of nutrient build up and predict when alarm levels will be reached ahead of the actual event, allowing for timely intervention.
  • Multiple nutrient parameter capability: In addition to nitrate/nitrite monitoring, H20Mon also detects phosphate and ammonium/ammonia  to deliver a total nutrient solution.
  • Saltwater/freshwater capability:  The accuracy and versatility of the H2OMon  allows detection of nutrients in a salt-water matrix, without interference from other anions/cations.
  • Zero discharge from unit: Each run only uses approximately 150 µl per cycle. This small volume is collected in a waste container within the device that can be emptied periodically and disposed of safely.
  • Cost effective: The  system uses low-cost components, reducing complexity and cost. .
  • Reliabile: Current in-situ phosphate sensors are notoriously unreliable. H20Mon uses a fluidic system that has been tested in a variety of environments in our nitrate/nitrite industrial system.
  • Easy-to-use: An on-device display allows simple set up and operation of monitoring, communication and alarms.

Project Objectives

The H20Mon project is designed to address and implement the findings of our own internal feasibility study and enable the rapid and successful commercialisation of our integrated nitrate/nitrite, phosphate & ammonium/ammonia sensor system.

Objective 1: Technology Maturation & Final Prototyping

Optimising the functionalities of the H20Mon subsystems and integrating them into an improved prototype to be piloted in real operating environments and raising the technology readiness level (TRL) of our technology from its current TRL7 to TRL8.

Specific objectives  (from TRL7 to TRL8)

  • Maturation of phosphate and ammonia sensors
  • Software and communications redevelopment
  • All matrix capability maturation and marinisation
  • Integration of ammonia and phosphate with nitrate /nitrite sensor
  • Build & Piloting protocol

Objective 2: Piloting & Validating

Demonstrating and validating technical performance and benefits through a large-scale pilot in real-life settings, elevating H20Mon from TRL8 to TRL9. A wide range of partners from across the water sector will help us with the large scale piloting.

Specific objectives (from TRL8 to TRL 9)

  • Validate performance through a large-scale piloting
  • Document performance, economic, quality and safety impacts, and benchmark results with current SoA practices at end users’ facilities
  • Modify prototype according to piloting results to deliver an upgraded version at TRL9

Objective 3: Commercial Readiness

Enabling us to successfully bring the H20Mon solution to the market and reach sales traction.

Specific objectives (Scaling H20Mon)

  • Full supply chain upscaling & consolidation and ensure internal operational capacity for full commercial exploitation
  • Update market and regulatory research, branding, and pricing strategy. Secure post-project funding
  • Update our stakeholder mapping
  • Update business innovation plan & commercialisation plan

Anticipated Results

  • Prototype matured at TRL8 and deployed for piloting – commissioning testing completed
  • Validation of H20Mon solution by end-users
  • Scale up strategy for execution and value chain preparation for sales
  • Final business innovation & commercialisation plans, ready for market roll out

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 880886.