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Ferrate Treatment Technologies
What they do:
Ferrate is the most powerful and environmentally friendly waste-treatment chemical out there; it cleans water safely and efficiently. Ferrate Treatment Technologies is not the first company to discover ferrate, but they’re the first to figure out how to use it without the need for expensive, unwieldy equipment. Ferrate Treatment Technology’s patented reactor, known as a ferrator, strips electrons from liquid iron to create ferrate immediately, wherever it is needed.
Why it’s cool:
FTT’s technology makes unusable, unclean water into usable and clean water. That’s a big deal everywhere, but particularly in developing countries, where the leading cause of illness is waterborne pathogens. FTT is currently working on projects around the globe, including removing heavy metals from South African mining effluents and disinfecting municipal wastewater in New Orleans so that it can be used as a storm-surge buffer in the wetlands.