Mar 27, 2017

Water Planet Sees Growth, Demand

Kevin Costner involved as founding investor

water planet, eric hoek, water treatment, filter

In approximately seven years, Water Planet has experienced growth and success in the water treatment market. Founded by Eric Hoek, former professor of engineering, and Subir Bhattarcharjee, Water Planet’s Chief Technology Officer, Water Planet partnered with actor and environmentalist Kevin Costner and his long-time business partner Rod Lake as the company’s founding investors.  

Water Planet has commercialized two water treatment technologies and is a finalist in the Global Water Awards as the Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the year. Its IntelliFlux artificial intelligence is based on control software and its PolyCera membranes merge the robustness of ceramic membranes with the lower cost of polymeric membranes.

“Artificial intelligence brings features that society has grown accustomed to in other areas of their lives to the water industry. The complex mathematics that goes into optimizing a water filtration process can’t be calculated offline by humans fast enough to be helpful,” said Hoek.

“Computers excel at rapid computations, including compiling waves of information and performing integration, derivatives or logarithmic fits. Our experience already shows significant cost savings by using artificial intelligence to optimize membrane systems, which helps deliver more water at less cost,” Hoek said.