Toribio Echevarria Prize 22-07-2019 (in Spanish)

Eibarko Udala

El pasado lunes, las instalaciones del centro tecnológico IK4 Tekniker, acogieron la celebración de la edición número 29 de los Premios Toribio Echevarria. Promovidos por el Ayuntamiento de Eibar y BIC Gipuzkoa para reconocer las iniciativas emprendedoras en Euskadi y apoyar a sus promotores en el inicio de su actividad, estos galardones se han convertido en el certamen de ideas y proyectos emprendedores más destacado de Euskadi.

En esta edición, la número 29, se han recibido 37 iniciativas empresariales de los sectores de Bio/salud, Industria/Sostenibilidad, Fabricación avanzada y TIC.

Dos proyectos, orientados hacia la sostenibilidad medioambiental, protagonizaron el acto de entrega de los galardones en esta edición: En la categoría de ‘Ideas/Proyectos Empresariales’ el proyecto ganador fue el de Surphase: En la categoría de “Nueva empresa” el galardón fue en esta oportunidad para la empresa ELKOBER.

Solutions for...

DESALINATION
plants

SURPHASE predicts at an early-stage and in a short-term the fouling tendency of desalination membranes. This provides an opportunity for the operator to plan the cleaning cycles well ahead. The data obtained by SURPHASE enable a long-term optimization of the operation of the desalination plant.

Solutions for...

Membrane
Manufacturers

By detecting fouling at an early-stage, SURPHASE helps keeping membrane lifetime at the level warranted by the manufacturer.

Furthermore, as an intelligent monitoring device SURPHASE offers the possibility to record – similar to a “black box” – the operating conditions the membrane is being exposed to during operation. 

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CONSTRUCTORS AND DESIGNERS OF
DESALINATION PLANTS

SURPHASE enables an optimized design of new desalination plants based on the big data obtained from its network of monitoring devices.

Until today, a significant amount of desalination plants is designed on standard concepts which can be far from optimum. In these cases, posterior adaptation of the plant can turn out costly and even economically inviable, resulting in an inefficient operation of the desalination plant.

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PRODUCERS OF
MEMBRANE CLEANING AGENTS

SURPHASE enables designing a strategy toward the most sustainable use of detergents. This means a significant advantage for cleaning agent producers over their competitors.

We have learnt that our device offers producers of cleaning agents a unique tool to test their formulations in situ and in real time. This is in stark contrast to current trial&error approaches which are unable to systematically verify the actual detergent efficiency, both ecologically and economically.