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Corvallis, Ore. – ZAPS Technologies, Inc. (ZAPS) today announced closing of the initial seed round arranged through a private capital management firm in Albany, Oregon. ZAPS is the creator of the LiquID™ Station, an advanced real time water monitoring and water security device. ZAPS will use the funding proceeds to accelerate the growth of the company, expand markets and develop further technology.
“We all benefit from clean water. The LiquID provides a fast and economical way to monitor water quality 24/7, as well as adjust water treatment processes in real time. This long-term funding commitment allows ZAPS to now focus our energies on further penetrating our initial markets such as municipal drinking water, river water monitoring, wastewater treatment, agricultural processing, and industrial effluent.” said Matthew Johnen, CEO of ZAPS.
The LiquID technology was developed by Dr. Gary Klinkhammer, Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU) and Founder and Chief Science Officer of ZAPS. LiquID is a unique optical platform used to monitor water quality parameters including those related to organic carbon and nitrogen compounds, algae blooms, and various types of natural and manmade pollution.
“The ONAMI Gap Fund portfolio is strong in water-related companies and we believe this area is one of the biggest applications for micro- and nano-scale technologies. In our experience, and that of water industry experts we know, the ZAPS technology is unique and represents a major step forward in water quality monitoring and resource management, including energy savings.” said Skip Rung, President and Executive Director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute.
This technology provides a range of benefits, such as improving the safety of drinking water, reducing the chemicals and electricity required for water treatment, and minimizing the environmental impact of effluent from wastewater and industrial facilities. The LiquID Station itself is chemical-free and operates unattended. The device is ruggedized to enable outdoor use and capable of remote operation, making it ideal for continuous monitoring of rivers, lakes, and oceans for both natural changes and pollution events.