Aqualite™ — The superior water purification material
The JOSAB Ecological Aqualite™ System uses a product called Aqualite™, a clinoptilolite, which is a natural zeolite with exceptional adsorption capacity. Aqualite™ is found in the Ràtka mine, in Northern Hungary. After mining the large blocks of Aqualite™, further production takes place at JOSAB’s indoor production plant in Szerencs.
Aqualite™ is used in water purification systems, for producing pure drinking water from freshwater sources. Aqualite™ cleans the water in a single step, and the process is entirely free from chemicals. Water purified using Aqualite™ meets the quality demands of WHO’s regulation for drinking water.
The advantage of Aqualite™ is its physical/chemical adsorption, ion-exchanging and catalytic properties:
• Uniform pore structure and large pore volume
• Pore diameter 0.1 – 1.0 nanometer (nm)
• Filters particles greater than 1 microns
• Large specific area
• Reduces bacteria
• Reduces heavy metals, ammonium and hydrogen compounds
• Adsorbs chemical and petroleum products
Aqualite™ functions like a molecular strainer (sieve): i.e. it removes substances form water by adsorption.
Ammonia, nitrate, nitrogen, hydrogen-sulfide, heavy metals, carbon-oxygen, oil-derivates, ethylene, ethane, n-butane, etc.
Aqualite™ adsorbs and/or separates with catalytic effect:
Potassium (K), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Calcium (Ca), Strontium (Sr), Lead (Pb), Copper (Cu), Silver (Ag), Mercury (Hg), Nitrogen (N) and Nickel (Ni).
Aqualite™ is a bactericide which reduces Heterotrofa, Coliforma and E-coli bacteria with 91.5 – 97.5 %.
A special filter technology in combination with a UV sterilizer, guarantee clean and safe water. This technology is patented.
Properties and saturation of the ion-exchanger
Aqualite™ has a cation-exchange capacity, or in other words it is negatively charged.
This means that it will work as an ion-exchanger. When a solution containing cations is passing through the ion-exchanger, the cations will change place with the counter ions and thereby stay in the ion-exchanger and the counter ions goes into the solution.
Aqualite™ changes ions of pollutants to potassium- or sodium-ions, which are harmless.
Some cations will be bounded stronger in the ion-exchanger than others, the ion-exchanging priority order:
NH4 > K > Fe, Mn > Cs > Zn > Ba, Sr, Pb, Ca > Cu, Ag, Hg, Co > Al > Mg, Li > Ni
When a solution containing many cations from above priority order, passing through the ion-exchanger, the competition for the binding points will be arranged according to the priority order. At last all binding-points are saturated with cations from beginning of the above priority order, and the filter material has to be regenerated or replaced.