Air Products has signed a joint research and development (R&D) agreement with the South China University of Technology (SCUT) on water purification technology to accelerate the development of sustainable and efficient water treatment solutions.

The development of such solutions will help local customers meet increasing energy efficiency and environmental improvement targets.

The collaboration between Air Products and the water research group of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering of SCUT will focus on the development of a flexible and effective bioreactor resulting from the integration of ozone reaction and biological aerated filter (BAF) technologies.

The technologies and solutions developed will be applied to various water and wastewater treatment areas including industrial wastewater treatment and reuse.

In addition, Air Products also has established a scholarship program at SCUT for outstanding students at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering.

“Air Products is committed to the development of green technologies in China. Partnering with leading local universities and design institutes has been a key component of our strategy to accelerate technology development, and we are hopeful that the collaboration with SCUT will continue to grow,” said Steve Jones, China President, and Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Tonnage Gases, Energy and Equipment, at Air Products.

“SCUT is outstanding in environmental science with a focus on water treatment. Our strategic collaboration will enable us to advance water purification technology and commercialise sustainable and innovative solutions to meet China’s local market needs, as well as cultivate talent. We hope to continue to explore further ways of working together.”