Innovation Snapshot
Location:Calgary, Alberta

Meeting demand for water

Global demand for water is rapidly increasing, with 40 percent more water required to sustain communities and the economy. To meet demand, it’s critical to address inefficient water systems, particularly desalination, which is the only climate-independent water source.

Calgary-based Synauta successfully combines desalination and artificial intelligence to treat more water with less energy and fewer chemicals, while saving customers up to 20 percent of operational costs. CEO and founder Mike Dixon brings a wealth of experience with developing intellectual property and commercializing new technologies. He has more than 60 publications in international journals and is an author of several books and book chapters, and is currently a director of the International Desalination Association Board.

The company is focused on optimizing reverse osmosis, which is the heart of the desalination process and the most energy intensive step. Since founding in 2018, its patent-pending software has been enabling plant operators in Australia, the Middle East, and Spain, and helping with new water reuse optimization projects in Singapore and North America. To date, Synauta has saved 9.7 percent energy over six months and increased production by five percent by optimizing cleaning schedules.

Synauta won a distinction at the prestigious Global Water Intelligence Awards and is proudly working with the world’s largest water companies. Described in the industry as a system that desalination and water reuse operators all over the world should take seriously, Synauta’s solution can also save more than 12 million tonnes of CO2 every year.

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