Siemens and Texas A&M AgriLife Research to Develop Cost-Effective Technology to Remove Heavy Metals from Water and Wastewater

  Siemens and Texas A&M AgriLife Research to Develop Cost-Effective Technology
  to Remove Heavy Metals from Water and Wastewater

  *Technology removes selenium, mercury and other heavy metals and metalloids
    from power utility, mining, refinery and other industrial water and
    wastewater to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  *Continued research will develop and commercialize technology to reduce
    footprint and increase operations efficiency over a wide range of
    temperatures and pH-levels compared to existing remediation processes

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- October 23, 2013

Siemens Water Technologies and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have signed an 
exclusive license agreement and  a research and development agreement to
continue to develop and commercialize a chemical-based technology to more
efficiently and cost-effectively remove heavy metals from water and wastewater
at power utility, mining, refinery and remediation sites.

“The Texas A&M University System is a leader in water technology in our
agriculture and engineering programs. We are excited to partner with Siemens,
a worldwide leader in technology, to commercialize and advance this technology
which could have significant benefits to water and wastewater treatment,” said
John Sharp, A&M System chancellor.

In a single process unaffected by temperature or pH-levels, the technology can
remove selenium, mercury, zinc, copper, chromium and other heavy metals as
well as metalloids to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) limits.

The commercialized system is being designed to occupy a smaller footprint than
current remediation treatment systems to reduce capital expense and to operate
more efficiently in a wider range of environments.

The technology is based on an Activated Iron Process^TM for the removal of
contaminants from water and wastewater developed by Dr. Yongheng Huang,
associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M
University, who recently received the 2013 Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management
Medal by the Water Environmental Federation at its Technical Exhibition and
Conference (WEFTEC). Huang is also an AgriLife Research scientist.

“AgriLife Research looks forward to further developing and commercializing its
novel chemical process and reactor with a world leader such as Siemens Water
Technologies,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife Research director. “We are
confident that our partnership with Siemens will yield environmental and
economic benefits across multiple industries.”

“Industrial operators are seeking new solutions to meet heavy metal
remediation challenges and regulatory requirements,” said Dr. Lukas Loeffler,
Siemens Water Technologies CEO. “The agreements between AgriLife Research and
Siemens Water Technologies will help develop a solution to meet this need and
is another example to our commitment to innovation and industry leadership
through research and development.”

Siemens Water Technologies’ R&D is focused on ultrapure water and drinking
water, waste reduction, energy and process efficiency, desalination and water
reuse. The company holds more than 1,600 granted patents and patent

Activated Iron Process is a trademark of Texas A&M AgriLife Research

About Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Texas A&M AgriLife Research comprises its College Station headquarters, 13
research centers reaching from El Paso to Beaumont and Amarillo to Weslaco,
and associated research stations. A member of The Texas A&M University System,
AgriLife Research has 1,700 employees, over 500 of which are doctoral-level
scientists. Today, AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research agency in
agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. An agency of the Texas
A&M University System, AgriLife Research collaborates with the Texas A&M
University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension Service, and others to help fulfill the A&M System’s land-grant
mission of teaching, research, extension, and service.

About Siemens Industry

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading
supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for
industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial
software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the
Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With
a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector
comprises the Division’s Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer
Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more
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