Astronaut’s Water – Making Reclaimed Water More Palatable

Transporting anything into space is extremely expensive, including water.That leaves astronauts drinking a filtered mixture that includes recycled shower water, old astronaut sweat, and urine. So why can’t we do what astronauts can and overcome the stigma of “toilet to tap water”? The phrase “toilet to tap” has become synonymous with the public’s aversion to water reclaimed from domestic sewage. Humans have a deeply ingrained disgust to anything that they associate with human waste even if there is overwhelming evidence that…

Ramping up Pilot Testing at Cerahelix

    Hello readers! My name is Tracy Bantegui and I am the newest addition to the Cerahelix staff, bringing my dual degrees in chemistry and biology to my role as Applications Scientist. One of my first tasks as the Applications Scientist has involved working closely with the VP of Applications Engineering, Jim Banks, to develop a highly robust cross flow filtration pilot unit featuring our PFM technology. Jim brings more than 30 years’ experience in process engineering to designing the pilot…

Paying to Play- Pitching VC’s at a Venture Summit

Fundraising for a startup is a lengthy time- and resource- consuming process. At Cerahelix fundraising falls largely to me, the CEO, and my VP of Business Strategy, Jutta Von Dirke. The groundwork for our current fundraising round was laid last spring and summer when I travelled from Maine to Philly, New York and Boston meeting with potential investors and presenting at investment conferences and pitch events. Generally speaking the fundraising process slows down in the summer months, however, this past…

Can the drop in oil price reduce the environmental impact of oil production?

Conventional wisdom is that increased oil consumption negatively impacts the environment. Therefore, the fact that the drop in oil prices results in increased consumption would seem to lead to the logical conclusion that increased harm to the environment would occur. However, this answer may have to change if you take innovative advanced technology into consideration. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal “Oil Companies Tap New Technologies to Lower Production Cost” suggests that with the price of oil being low and…

How to navigate one of the largest trade shows in the world: ACHEMA 2015

  Cerahelix ‘s Tyler Kirkmann and Jutta von Dirke were among the 166,444 visitors from around the world, who attended ACHEMA 2015, where 3,813 exhibitors from 56 countries presented their latest innovations for the process industry. Why should a start-up send two representatives to such a large event? Was it worth it? The first question has a simple answer: Networking ! An article in The Entrepreneur states “Conferences and trade shows offer prime opportunities for networking, … and to get the word out about…

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