Aquaporin completes first successful field test at NASA
In October 2011, scientists from Aquaporin travelled to the NASA Ames facilities in Palo Alto (CA, US) to perform first real field tests with its Aquaporin Inside™ technology. Tests were run over 4 days and concluded that the Aquaporin Inside™ membranes show superior rejection values to urea when compared to existing Forward Osmosis membranes.
Michael Flynn, Head of the Advanced Human Support Technology Research Group at NASA Ames says: “In NASA we are continuously working towards reducing the mass we need to transport into space on manned space missions. One way of doing so, is by re-circulating bodily fluids from our astronauts. So far, the Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis membrane is the only membrane we have tested that comes very close to fulfilling the membrane requirements for a simple, lightweight and reliable system to extract potable water from body fluids in space. We are therefore very excited about the possibility to initiate further field tests with an up-scaled membrane at our facilities in the beginning of 2012.”
“We are thrilled to have proven, for the first time in a “real life” application set-up, the true revolutionary potential of our technology”, says CEO of Aquaporin Peter Holme Jensen. “Bringing the technology out of our lab and completing a successful field test in cooperation with a future customer such as NASA is a very significant milestone in Aquaporin’s development.”
Aquaporin expects to be able to supply its first commercial products – unique membranes capable of extracting clean water from specific liquids – to NASA and other customers in a few years’ time