An innovative Penrith company has won a major award for its ground-breaking technology.
Typhon, based at Newtongate, has developed one first systems in the world capable of using UV from LEDs to neutralise harmful micro organisms on an industrial scale.
It could slash the costs of water treatment worldwide.
It has been working with water firm United Utilities and the pair picked up a Water Industry Award (WIA) in the category of Drinking Water Initiative of the Year.
Typhon’s bug-busting ultraviolet LEDs are the only ones of their kind capable of disinfecting drinking water supplies on a large scale.
Tested and developed with United Utilities, the world’s first ever municipal UV LED disinfection system at Carlisle is now in its final commissioning stage and due to be fully operational by the summer.
Other LED UV treatment systems are only effective at treating small amounts of water for very low flows or personal use.
Later in the year, the same project is shortlisted for the Institute of Water’s National Innovation Award.
Typhon’s chief operations officer Matt Simpson said: “This is a hugely important leap for UV technology in the water industry and it’s great that our combined efforts over the last three years are being acknowledged with nominations in two such important awards.
“Typhon has grown to 15 employees at Newtongate and we’re hopeful that our success will also be a huge success for Penrith.”
The Water Industry Awards took place virtually yesterday.
The National Innovation Award will be announced later in the year at the Institute of Water’s annual President’s Dinner.