Today LG Sonic received the prestigious Energy Globe National Award for the development and commercialization of the MPC-Buoy. This solar-powered system controls toxic algal blooms by using ultrasound technology. Representatives from the Embassy of Austria handed the award, signed by Energy Globe Jury chairperson Maneka Gandhi and Energy Globe initiator Mr. Wolfgang Neumann, during a company visit in Zoetermeer.
Due to climate change average temperatures are increasing, as well as the frequency and intensity of droughts. As a result, algal blooms within freshwater lakes occur more often and are more severe. Blue-green algae cause problems when blooming in lakes and water reservoirs, such as health issues, fish deaths, and odor problems. In order to provide an environmentally friendly solution to these problems, a European consortium coordinated by LG Sonic, developed a solar-powered system that makes use of real-time water quality monitoring to effectively predict and control toxic algal blooms.
Most Prestigious Environmental Award
With 177 participating countries, the Energy Globe Award is today’s most prestigious environmental award. It is awarded annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conservation of resources. The jury rewarded the MPC-Buoy for being a relevant, environmentally friendly and effective solution; ‘This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in the Netherlands developed an effective way to monitor water quality, keep track of algae levels when necessary with using ultrasound technology on an automated buoy to kill algae and prevent blooms’; Jury of the Energy Globe Award.
Reduction of Chemical Consumption, Odor, and Taste Problems
The MPC-Buoy is a solar-powered system that combines continuous online water quality monitoring, web-based software, and ultrasonic technology to effectively control harmful algal blooms in large water surfaces, such as lakes and drinking water reservoirs. At this moment, the MPC-Buoy is installed in lakes and water reservoirs in, among other countries, the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Poland. In 2015, LG Sonic received several innovation awards, such as the global TAG excellence award from Isle Utilities, Aquatech Innovation Award and the Shell LiveWIRE Award from Shell and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Yousef Yousef, CEO of LG Sonic is honored to be rewarded for the Energy Globe National Award. “We are honored to be recognized for offering an environmentally friendly solution with the goal to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in the water treatment industry”.