Will this Bodybuilder’s Secret Disrupt Water Treatment?

with 🎙️  Sreenath BOLISETTY – CEO and Co-Founder @ BluAct Technologies

💧 BluAct Technologies is an award-winning spin-off company of ETH Zürich that ambitions to trigger a revolution in water purification.

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What we covered:

🍏 The single secret ingredient, known by bodybuilders, that might solve an everlasting challenge for wastewater treatment processes

🍏 How, starting with an industrial target, Sreenath ended up with a mission to improve drinking water treatment worldwide

🍏 How BluAct’s technology might enter your homes very soon

🍏 The many welcome side effects beyond BluAct technology’s core application

 🔥 … and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥 

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Full Transcript:

Antoine Walter:

Hi Sreenath. Welcome to the show first. First, that would be great. If you could introduce yourself, you are the CEO and cofounder of blue act. So what is blue act and what are you doing for blue Act?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, I am working for BluAct technologies and we use some milk protein fibrils for water treatment, especially waste water and drinking water treatment. Even now we want to treat water from the households as well, BluAct is an ETH Spin-Off company, and basically we use milk protein to do water treatment.

Antoine Walter:

So you mentioned that new act is an ETH spinoff company. Can you elaborate a bit on that and explain us how a company comes as a spinoff from the ETH?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. That technology was a developped at ETH during my postdoc career, basically BluAct is a technology driven company from the ETH. The patent was filed by ETH and BluAct takes the exclusive license from the ETH on this technology. We are inventors – two inventers, me and my professor, Raffaelle Masinga – and ETH really supported us bringing the technology as a spinoff from the lab to the real world.

Antoine Walter:

That means that today your company still sits in ETH or did you move out of the school?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. We moved out of the school though, because ETH generally supports its spinoffs for three years now, now we moved out to Glattpark in Zürich, because after some time we will be more focused on the business side compared to the research side because our products are ready to go to the market. So we just moved out of the ETH, but some instruments, technology, science, we have support from ETH as well.

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Antoine Walter:

What sets you apart in this world of water and waste water treatment? What is your secret sauce?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Our secret sauce is milk. It means for the cheese industry, whatever is leftover from the cheese making it’s called Whey protein. In German they call it Molke. Our secret ingredient is really the Molke, and normally this whey protein, even the body builders, when they want to build a body they really use the Whey protein, which is available in the market from the fitness centers, sports centers, everywhere. So our secret sauce is really that milk protein, and we do some kind of nanoengineering of this milk protein in the DNA attrition process and make it more stable. And then this protein fibers is our active component in the filtration process, especially in the adsorption of heavy metal Ions. We also bind these protein fibers to the activated carbon so that you’re not only remove heavy metal lands, you can also remove much more, because activated carbon is well known in the water treatment industry, and it is like a matrix to hold our protein inside this activated carbon material, so that we can remove color and others pollutants, like organic pollutants from water treatment.

Antoine Walter:

So you made for a smooth transition into our deep dive of today, which is really to go into what your technology really is and what it does actually that’s the beauty of an audio show is that I can tell that I’m a bodybuilder and that, I know whey very well because I have so much muscles. It’s not true, but I can tell it, but how did you came to the Idea that there is value to extract from whey?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

And during my postdoc at ETH, I was really using these milk protein fibers for the inorganic nanomaterial synthesis. Okay. These protein fiber have binding sites, which can work as reducing agents or as a dispersing agents, it can convert the metal ions into the metal nanoparticles. We have one other patent on it, it’s called the cold crystals making by protein fibers using the whey protein. And we have a patent and we are planning to build a company out of it as well, but that is nothing related to BluAct. And during this process, we can convert metal ions, especially gold ions to gold crystals. And then one company, which is based in Austria, it’s an electroplating company, they have a process involving gold salts, they have a gold cyanide and they came to us and they asked us: you did it using the milk, protein, converting cold salt into gold nanoparticle, real gold. Can you do it with the gold cyanide to gold metal? And then I was curious to understand it, why they want to convert this gold cyanide, to the gold and they explained me their problem. Because of the cynide, they could not release this wastewater to the river. And then I understand it. We not only convert this gold salt to the gold metal, but we can also treat the water. And because once we do the conversion of cyanide, we will also be treating carbon and nitrogen, so that it becomes also non toxic. So I see the real benefit, not only converting a toxic waste into a non toxic one, as well as recovering as really expensive metal at the end. So there are two positives for it. And then afterwards I saw ms. At the time, I was trying to understand it, the metal ions problem in the water, especially in the water and waste water and drinking water that are several natural underground water pollutants metal ions as well as industrial wastewaters and having various metal ions. And there is no actual solution existing in a cost effective manner. For example, we know reverse osmosis can remove everything, but for gold cynides, converting into gold, is not possible by reverse osmosis. And then I took this challenge and it was really very exciting and interesting. We work continuously and we saw in our test experiment itself, we can do a removal efficiency of 100%. And we’ve repeated this experiment several times. And I know that this protein not only works for gold, it can work for many metal ions. I tried it with silver, platinium, pelarium. And then we try to look at various heavy metal lands, including mercury, because at the time I understand that mercury was a major pollutant in the lakes. And because of mercury some fish, we cannot eat because this mercury will be adsorbed in the greases of the fish. And if you eat this fish, because the mercury is from the water, and then it will enter into your body and it will get accumulated in your body. So then it will cause some long range diseases. So then the real idea comes from, okay, we can treat the water by using milk protein fibers. We tried various pollutants, natural heavy metal ions, industrial waste water ions, so that we can use the filtration by a milk protein fibers.

Antoine Walter:

So just to try to synthetize that if I got it right, you started by trying to recover some gold. So that was the primary aim. And by doing that, you found out that there was actually a need to treat the water because this gold was just not floating around. It was in water. And if you can extract the gold from water, you might be able to extract also the other heavy metals from water and that turns out to be then a water treatment.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. Then I understand that the water treatment is a big, big, big problem. And the market of this water treatment is so unimaginable comparing to recovery of metal ions from the mining industry and treating of water is because many billion people that don’t have safe drinking water. And it also not only on the business side, it will bring a lot of happiness, especially from the place where I from in India, it’s called an Analconda in India, which is having a fluoride problem in the drinking water. And many of my friends have bone problems because of the drinking water, then I realized I can find a meaningful career in my life because I grown up in a place where the water is not very safe to drink. So I’d like to work on the water treatment sector.

Antoine Walter:

So that’s really a beautiful mission. I mean, that really makes sense. So if I get it right from what you said, just before you take this protein and you combine it with activated carbon, from your website, I saw that you have two different types of products on one end the membrane on the other, the granulated medium. And how did you came with these two type of forms for the product itself?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Because first we check the technology, how does it work? And then we know that milk protein fibrils can play a role in the water treatment. When we come to the customers, they have different requirements in the usage. Some people they prefer to use, they don’t want to do major changes in the water treatment plant because they have their own constraints. Everything is running. So initially we prepared this membranes. This is first like you need to have a filter press unit where you can talk this membranes directly, means if they have a filter press unit then they can put the membrane, but not all the treatment plant have a filter press, but they use a fixed bed reactor like granulated media, maybe sand media or activated carbon media or something. So then we thought, okay, if we can have a media which can replace the existing media so that it can be directly used in the plant without any major changes. So then we developed and we focused on how to have a good granulated media. Because basically you don’t need any pressure. We also installed some plants in Peru, in middle of nowhere, the spring water comes in. There is no electricity, it just needs some kind of fixed bed reactors, we’ve made it with a simple PVC pipe, something like a column. And we filled it with our media, with the protein fibers inside, and the water comes from the mountains. It goes through this one, they have 100 times more arsenic than the drinking water limits in their natural water so that this granulated media will be used without any constraints. And also like for the developed countries, we also introduced a new product. It will be launched in maybe one or two months it is a cartridge. So that especially in the household sector are even in the water treatment plants to have a simple cartridge you can put inside, and then you can open your tap and then it will do the filtration. You don’t need any pumps or you don’t need any energy. You don’t need anything special. It’s just like you have coffee machine. And then you put a coffee tablet in it, and that you have coffee like that. We like to make a device, which is connected to the sink under the sink. You just open it. And then without any external pressure and the external things, the filtration will work. So we developed these products because of user comfortability and they’re easy to use for their purpose.

Antoine Walter:

Basically your, your two existing products and the one you’re going to develop seem to me, like they tell the story of your company. You started with a membrane in the filter press. So I guess it’s more on the sludge line on the waste water treatment. So it’s where you want to recover the heavy metals. And then you might then be able to take out these metals and to reuse it. Then you found out that there’s something to do with water. So where to address the broader market for water. And that’s where the granulates come into play. And now you’re wondering if you could bring that in the households. So that’s why there’s the cartridge.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, exactly. You got my point, yes.

Antoine Walter:

So the protein itself is targeting the heavy metals, but the fact that you combine it with activated carbon means that you have also the adsorption capacities of the activated carbon. So basically, do you say that you address every type of pollutants or is there still something you cannot address?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

The protein fibers does not only bind the heavy metal ions, it can also remove some organic pollutants. We also published a recent article, how protein fibers will remove some pesticides from the pharmaceuticals because pesticides, they use it in the water for the agriculture purpose. And then it will go from the fields to the river. And then your water is finally polluted with organic pollutants. So this protein fibers not only bind, heavy metal ions, it can also bind some organic pollutants. And also we have activated carbon, which is of foodgrade quality. We use a very good quality and it can remove organic pollutants. And if we come to our membranes and also our cartridges, we have side exclusion mechanism because the membranes porosity is almost like less than 0.7 microns, something like that. The bacteria cannot pass through this one. So we have four log reduction of this one in case of our cartridges, we also integrate the cartridges with hollow fibers so that you have really a high quality drinking water at the end. And I also want to mention that not only bacteria, we modify this protein fibers on the surface to target the virus. Okay. And we found a patent, this week, and that will remove, for example, influenza virus, almost like four log reduction of virus, because it will inactivate all that envelope providers. We did a recent study including the current problem of coronavirus, and I’m happy to share as a preliminary step that nobody knows about it, but it can inactivate a CoVid virus as well. That is our breakthrough. What we find it out very recently during the CoVid situation.

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Antoine Walter:

So you inactivate it from water.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, exactly. We can inactivate the virus. Basically. We didn’t understand the complete mechanism, but water, which is having virus in the inlet, if you see the virus activity in the outlet, the media, other material, which is having the protein fibers modified one, which can inactivate the virus as well.

Antoine Walter:

Okay. Fascinating.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. That is our new research progress on it.

Antoine Walter:

You mentioned just before that you already have some plants or some places in the world where you are using your medium. Can you tell us a bit more at which stage you are and what are those projects?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, we did several pilot studies starting from Europe to South America, Asia, and even in the US. So including Australia and means we did several pilots. Just To mention, especially in the drinking water in South America, with the help of the Swiss embassy in Peru, they realized that the arsenic problem, that drinking water is almost like 100 times above the drinking limit, there was a national emergency because of this arsenic groundwater. And we did the pilot study almost one year because we want to see what is the longterm performance and what is the capacity and how is the user comfortable to use it in the household, in the treatment plant. And also it was installed in a drinking water treatment plant which is running. And to mention that even in Europe, one of the major cities in Italy, they have a municipal drinking water treatment because of the volcanic region, they also have arsenic. It’s not very high, but above the limits. Means five to six times above the drinking water limit. They use currently other adsorbents and we run the pilot with our material, with our membranes as well. And then we showed that the efficiency is so high. The capacity is very high. And basically we provided the material to them and they did their own measurements. They conducted the Pilot and they sent us the report. And like this, to mention, we did it with some mining water treatment plants, for example, to recover expensive metals like gold, silver platinum, and we know how efficient they are and how efficient for the mining it is. It’s like a win win situation in the mining sector because they use our material. The amount of the precious metals they recover is unbelievably high, so they don’t have any problem. And recently I want to mention that the clinical waste water, especially the ones with high radioactivity, because they use the radioactive nuclides for the therapy and the diagnosis and the patients in the hospital. Even if they go to the toilet, this water needs to be collected in the tank because it is radioactive wastewater. And we did a Pilot in Inselspital in Bern. And we can clearly show that if the water passes through our membrane, it can do almost 100% removal of this radioactive nuclides. Because some radionuclides, which is having a half-life of several years and even like in Japan, they had this earthquake in Fukushima and now they dismantle their nuclear treatment plants. Even in Germany, they are going, they want to dismantle all the nuclear plants because of the risk of the radionuclides. So we did a pilot in the Bern hospital in and now we want to try it in the Winterthur hospital. We want to install it with not complete capacity, but we want to do one small stage of plant trials. And afterwards, if it works fine that they want to adapt it to everything. And yeah, like this, we did it. Even the wastewater treatment in Lausanne, where they have the nickel and chromium from the electroplating companies, which can be adsorbed so that they can release this water, without any further treatment, directly to the sewage.

Antoine Walter:

For me to understand when you’re running a pilot, you mentioned that you put some columns with activated carbon filter with your medium. And when you go to a bigger scale, then you do a refurbishment of an existing filter just by replacing the actual filter material by your material, Right?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. Basically we have two products, if it is a granulated media, and when you want to change the granulated media it is not very easy. So normally they change that they will have bigger plants with the granulated media, and either they will regenerate the media or they will fill it with the new media. But the other advantage of the membrane is you treat your water and then this solid base can go with the membrane. And then when they put the new membrane and they are ready to go, it’s like a completely new system.

Antoine Walter:

That was going to be my next question. You mentioned this one year piloting over one year, how often do you have to change the medium? Do you have to change it at all? Or when do you change it?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. That depends upon the source water, because even if we did at several places because we chose the pollution level is one place 5 times above the limite, one place, 50 times, another 100 times. So we want to identify how frequently we need to change the membranes. Normally the media, for example, in a lower contamination level in one year, we never changed it. And also if the pollution levels are severely high and they need to treat very high volume of the water, we changed it one time. So the idea is every six months, either you need to regenerate the media. If there is no toxic regeneration means every time if you want to regenerate it, there is also the next problem of a secondary pollution. So basically, the change of the media is bit depending on the source water. And we have really high capacity compared to we also did it, or what is available in the existing market, what is their performance and their capacity and what is our capacity and what is our performance. And we also work with EAWAG, the swiss federal water research Institute, even the scientists they know about our technology, they know what the benefits are of our technology. So this is basically what we do at this moment.

Antoine Walter:

You mentioned plenty of pilots with promising results. Did you also move to the next step to a small scale or even a full scale plant?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. We also installed, in global leader in the beverage segment, in the real treatment plant, for a beverage production, and also we’ve worked with a swiss beverage multinational company, and we also installed it in a municipal drinking water segment. We also installed in the plant scale. So slowly we are moving from laboratory to pilot, to the plant. Now.

Antoine Walter:

How do you do those moves? Do you do it by yourself or you partner with existing companies out there, which would be, I don’t know, filter manufacturers or operators.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, we have some partners now, especially on the engineering part because we cannot do everything on our own. I think no company in this world, they cannot do a complete things, but we can provide the solution means if a company approaches us, we have this wastewater, can you please provide a solution? We partner with them and our Idea is, they have an inlet, we want to provide a good quality outlet, which is having good water at the end. So we partner with our engineering company that will be a mutual collaboration, and we generate an order to this company and they will try to help us in the installation. They know how our media and how, what is the advantage with our things. So our means we can provide not only our filter or our granulated media, but we can provide the complete solution.

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Antoine Walter:

You mentioned EAWAG. In Switzerland, you know, there’s this full topic of micro pollutant treatments, which is ongoing for the past. Let’s say almost past decade. And there are so much waste water treatment plants that need to be equipped with the treatment to remove the micro pollutants. And there was always this kind of problem that you can remove every pollutant with ozone or activated carbon, but not the heavy metals and EAWAG has been involved a lot in looking for solutions to remove those heavy metals. Could your technology be the final edition that was just missing and that will allow Switzerland at least, and then next countries is to finally treat this problem of micro pollutants?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, because I want to find a single solution, which can do most of the part, Means, there are some technologies like ion exchange resins, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis… But every technology has some positives and negatives. If you go to reverse osmosis, there is a lot of energy needed. Some water will go as a waste. But my idea is I want to provide a sustainable water treatment, which can filter not only a specific problem, but because water is not always like lab water, the real wastewater will be a mixture of everything. So our idea is even if it is having micropollutants, even if it is having heavy metal, even if it is having bacteria, viruses and these things, we want to provide a single stage solution, which can really very effective and efficient and with the low maintenance cost. So I’m pretty sure we have a solution. We are trying to understand it because every water, every water chemistry is very different. If you go to water in a Peru, if you take water in Switzerland, even within Switzerland, the mountain regions have different water chemistry and the Lake water have different water chemistry. So water is very different from place to place. So the idea is we want to remove micropollutants, heavy metal Ions bacteria and everything with our one media, our one membrane, or our cartridge solution.

Antoine Walter:

You mentioned that every technology has its limitation, which is fully true and fully normal. I would say, what is the limitation of your technology? Is it a limitation linked to very large plants where I could imagine that maybe footprint might be an issue?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

The best part of our technology is that we use a food grade material, which is a whey protein, which is eatable. And we also use activated carbon, which is also a food grade quality. And the complete manufacturing is a wet processing without any plastics in the manufacturing. And in terms of sustainability in the maintenance part, we can work by gravitational pressure means we don’t need any energy in terms of if we have a granulated media, if we use cartridges, if we use membranes, we need a certain pressure which means it will be easily possible by a simple pump because we need a differential for one bar maximum, which can, which can already work with our membranes and cartridges. Because their art of filtration is basically a microfiltration and the limiting factor is basically some people are allergic to the milk, even though we are very confident that our milk protein doesn’t leach at all, means we did the water coming out of what is the leaching from this one? And we are 100% sure. It is not only tested by us, it is also tested by a major beverage company. What is the leaching of this milk, protein? And we are 100% sure that it doesn’t cause any allergic properties from the milk because we’ve tested the water coming out, coming in. And we did a lot of work and we did almost one year work on that because that was one limitation factor. And we can guarantee on that. Except that, what is the limitation on our side? It is we don’t have our own manufacturing plant. We outsource, we rent a facility and then we pay them on a monthly basis and we want to do the manufacturing at that treatment plan. But our future plan for our company is we want to have our own manufacturing plant. And we are also looking for some investors who is interested to invest in our technology and our production, because we are ready to enter to the market in the grand scheme. Because before we want to do some pilots, we want to see, we want to learn from the pilot. So what are the limitations, how to work on the limitations from the pilots. But now we are very sure we are ready to grab them.

Antoine Walter:

Let me start just, I cannot resist. So I’m going to crack a joke that nobody outside of Switzerland can understand. But in worst case, if, if some of your protein is leaching, you might be having a good industrial case with Rivella because that might help them. OK For the ones which are not listening from Switzerland, Rivella is a very Swiss beverage where you have some, some milk whey inside. So, sorry, I couldn’t resist this one.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, you are correct, because we have that beverage which is made up of this whey protein.

Antoine Walter:

You’ve mentioned many kinds of applications where your technology could fit, but if you had to choose one sweet spot, where would it be? Is it really drinking water? Or is it more on the waste water, industrial waste water side? Cause you really have many applications, but I guess if you don’t want to spread yourself too thin and you will have to target something at the beginning. So what would be your, your ideal sweet spot?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, basically we have strategic meetings on this one, because we have plenty of applications with our technology, but our fast path to enter the market is, that we want to find out where is the low hanging fruit, because we are a startup and especially the wastewater treatment is, we know, and we have some experience on it. That is our sweet spot. And I want to mention that we had initial discussions. We want to start from ETH wastewater, especially they have plenty of labs and that means if we can do because it’s an ETH technology, an ETH spinoff and an ETH brand on it. And we want, we want to find a solution to our ETH wastewater stream because it will reduce a burden to the treatment plant at the end. If you really solve the problem at the source, then it’s easy for the treatment plant as well. So this wastewater treatment is our current focus, but drinking water, beverage treatment, we are ready to go. We have the product already to use it and we don’t have any limitation. And especially with the complicated radioactive waste water treatments, which is not possible by any technical, honestly speaking, they don’t have any solution for this one. At this moment. Many hospitals doesn’t have any wastewater treatment. The just store it until the radioactivity is completely gone, and once it is gone, they will discharge it to the sewage water. So we want to target the complicated wastewater treatments. And also we are open for many other sectors

Antoine Walter:

Talking about a compound, which are difficult to treat. There is one which is particularly concern nowadays, especially in the US which is PFAS. Which are really difficult to treat. And when I say difficult, it’s still an understatement. Did you have any experience with your technology on PFAS?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. We know about this problem since two three years, since we started and we have one PhD, which is completely focused on this topic. The major problem with PFAS is not only treatment, even the measurement of PFAS is not so easy. So we need to have really clean drone because PFAS is everywhere, even in the lab water. You can see this kind of small organic molecules which is very complicated to measure it as well. And honestly speaking, we are going to Germany to measure it. We even in a very high end water research institute, in Switzerland, we try to measure it and it was not very easy. And we tried to find some groups who are really specialized for this one. They know how to quantify it and we underlined in a preliminary tests that we can solve this problem without a membrane, because activated carbon can also do a certain job to remove it. But it’s very complicated to understand it. What is the role of the protein fibers in removing the PFAS and what is the role of activated carbon to remove this one? The Corona situation doesn’t help make a lot of progress on this project, but I’m pretty sure we will have very scientific data to show and to prove and to understand it, how to solve this problem. I’m pretty sure many research groups are trying to work on this problem, but the problem is that even the research facilities, they need to get upgraded on the subject.

Antoine Walter:

So on your end, it’s work in progress, but as you have a PhD students working on it, I guess if we track the scientific publication, I guess you going to explain A bit more, what you might find.

Sreenath Bolisetty

Even means we also publish it and whatever we learned from the pilots whatever we learned from the lab because we have basically, so even the hospital and and also the pilots which we did in Peru. Everything will be communicated and made available so that the knowledgeable reader can understand it, how the technological part of the solution works.

Antoine Walter

So just to synthetize this deep dive, if I get it right from the two last questions, today for you, the sweet spots might be in the de-centralized wastewater treatment because there you can really bring a help to specific problems. That’s what you mentioned for instance, with the hospitals or with specific industries, and then also on the drinking water ends, as you’re moving to the households, I guess that’s also into these decentralized worlds because your technology allows for something which is not really, it doesn’t have to be in the big plants, which can be also really targeting a specific problem at a specific place, right?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes. I just wanted to mention that many existing waste water treatment plants. They have problems with heavy metals, but they don’t communicate because they don’t have a solution. Or a very costly solution. That is what I observed from many big companies as well. When I tried to communicate with them, they don’t disclose it openly because they want to keep it secret until they find a solution, especially with metal ions, because some metal ions, even in micrograms per liter is toxic. And it’s not, it’s not very easy to remove it. The normal existing wastewater treatment plants, if they change it from existing activated carbon media to our activated carbon media. It will not only remove the color it will not only remove the odor, it will not only remove organic pollutants. Additionally it will also remove the heavy metal ions, which is deep down inside the locker. That is what we want to focus on.

Antoine Walter

And that makes for a very good summary for this deep dive. So if it’s fine for you propose you to switch to a, the last parts of this interview, which are the rapid fire questions.

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Rapid fire questions.

Antoine Walter

So short is supposed to be the way, but if you need to elaborate, don’t worry, the microphone is still open. I’m not cutting you. So first question, what is the most exciting project you’ve been working on and why?

Sreenath Bolisetty

Yeah. As a researcher, I did the several projects that I published several papers, different area, but this is the project where I can bring the technology from lab to real world. And I can also save people’s lives and I can also make a business case out of it. So that makes me more excited of with this project.

Antoine Walter:

So the product is your company, right? Bluact is the project

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Exactly, water treatment by using milk protein fibers.

Antoine Walter:

What is your favorite part of your current job?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

The current job is as a researcher, we are just like in the laboratory, but then it is coming to the current project we meet a lot of people. We have to understand that a large variety of problems because every water problem is very different and meeting new people is a means that we see, Oh, there is also a problem. And also like traveling with the different people that makes me more exciting. Not only a labscale things that are in the fields can thing,

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Antoine Walter:

What is the trends to watch out for in the water.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

I think the people need to be open and they should not wait until the solution is there. And the trend means basically because it’s so big and they need to think about this, the heavy metal problem openly that will effectively find a solution. If they don’t communicate in the water industry, this heavy metal problem is not well known. So we need to be more communicating as well

Antoine Walter:

Is around heavy metals. And your recommendation is to communicate about it, to find the solution and to be solution oriented rather than just putting it aside and hoping that no one notices.

Sreenath Bolisetty:

Yes, exactly. That is what I want to see in the water treatment industry, in the market especially.

Antoine Walter:

That’s a nice one. Do you have sources to recommend, to keep up with the water and waste with the market trends?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

I will get certain newsletter from different continents and even I asked watching exhibitions, like [inaudible] things. I follow it after I also write a few articles, undefined, there are several of them. And I mean I followed many of them and but it’s also not very accurate, but I cannot judge because I’m too young for this market,

Antoine Walter:

You now, have some experience with designing products with your, your company. So what is the thing you care the most when you design a new product or a new solution? And what is the thing you care the less?

Sreenath Bolisetty:

My name is [inaudible] [inaudible] because everyone looked very different. Every customer is very different. So we want to find a product that you can get very verbal and very, you don’t need to use a forum. I want to have someone, even a driver off my car. You can do that. You can fit the house for water. Treatment is a thing. So I want to make a phone like the easy to use. We don’t need a specialized engineer to do maintenance. That’s a common man can also work in the treatment. That’s where open this wall, if this 10 minutes, and then you would walk with something like that. And walking is what, I don’t care that much. We worked on the technology, different how the product, how the technology and the technology side, me and my professor and whoever they know. And that even a bachelor’s student who technology, we don’t have any doubt.

So on the technology binder, I’m not, I know that internet, how does it behave? So that is what a business by the one by three, that it was a pleasure talking with you. I think it was very interesting at this for me. I learned many things, so I hope that our listeners will learn also at some points, lots of stuff about your company. If they wants to discover more on you, where should I redirect them? If our website is blue acting means, I just want to tell you blue means water is action. Walking in action means that in our company name blue [inaudible] is due@www.com and a wonderful, so blue ax, blue Blu, a ct.com of course, like always all the links in the episode notes. Thanks a lot. And maybe talk to you in a couple of years when your, your company is the next big thing in water and waste water treatment. Thank you so much, but I am really happy to have you. And I hope even the listeners.

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