Today LG Sonic, the municipality of Zoetermeer, and water board Rijnland officially announced a collaboration project to monitor and control algal blooms in recreational lake the Noord Aa. For this project four MPC-Buoy systems will be installed before the summer of 2016. This environmentally friendly system controls toxic algal blooms by using ultrasound technology. It will be the first algae control project of LG Sonic in their domestic market. Several regional and local press attended the press conference in restaurant “Happy Moose”, Zoetermeer.
Recreational lake Noord Aa located in Zoetermeer, a city in western Netherlands, suffers each year from toxic algal blooms. These toxic algae blooms cause fish kills, and produces conditions that are dangerous to aquatic life, as well as humans. In order to provide a solution to these problems, the Dutch company LG Sonic developed an environmentally friendly solution, the MPC-Buoy. The MPC-Buoy is a floating solar-powered platform that emits specific ultrasonic parameters to target the algae in lakes and water reservoirs. In the beginning of 2016, four of these systems will be installed in recreational lake Noord Aa.
Monitor the water quality and improve the ecosystem
Lisa Maria Brand, microbiologist at LG Sonic, state that the first objective is to monitor the water quality: “The MPC-Buoy provides a complete overview of the water quality by real-time collecting data such as the chlorophyll-a levels and the dissolved oxygen in the water”. Based on these data a specific ultrasonic treatment will be determined: “We expect that the algae concentration in the summer of 2016 will be lower than previous years, however, we cannot prevent that algae will appear again. The ecosystem becomes more in balance as long as our systems are operating. This means that the results will become better over time”.
Yousef Yousef, CEO of LG Sonic, is honored to announce that the company’s first Dutch project will be located in Zoetermeer where the company’s headquarter based.
“The Netherlands are famous for their water management, as a Dutch company, we are proud to introduce an innovative and environmentally friendly solution to control algal blooms in our domestic market”.
How does it work?
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. The system allows to increase the water quality, lower the chemical consumption, and prevents taste and other problems without harming the ecosystem. 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 and the Shell LiveWIRE Award from Shell and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
Want to know more about ultrasonic algae control and biofouling prevention?
Since 1999, LG Sonic has been a leading international manufacturer of algae control and biofouling prevention systems. Our products provide an environmentally friendly solution to effectively control algae in lakes, reservoirs, treatment plants, and other applications. Over the last decade, more than 10,000 LG Sonic® products have been successfully installed in 52 different countries. More information can be found at the LG Sonic website.