The Hydrochip: a reliable and quick way to test water quality.
|WATER TOPIC||Quality of natural systems|
|KEYWORDS||water quality improvement‚ monitoring system‚ water monitoring|
|MARKET NEED TAILORED|
Need to analyze composition of the phytobenthos and phytoplankton due to the WFD (water framework directive). The current methods are rather laborious.
A new measuring device called Hydrochip, which will provide an opportunity to monitor the implementation of the WFD with regard to the ecological parameters phytobenthos and phytoplankton in an innovative way.
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|STATE OF DEVELOPMENT|
The Hydrochip already exists, but needs to be thoroughly tested, and proven to be reliable, whether wuantatively or qualitatively.
|INNOVATIVE ASPECTS AND ADVANTAGES|
This device allows for a much simpler method of operation to measure phytoplankton and phytobenthos, compared to current methods.
|INTELLECTUAL/INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS|
TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek)
Hopefully, the Hydrochip technology, will be adaptable to other water bodies, in addition to the Netherlands' ones on which it will be tested.
Local authorities, monitoring firms, consultancy offices working on public contracts for local authorities
|Estimation of risks|
This technology is currently not tested and approved.
|EVALUATION OF RISKS FOR OUTPUT USERS|
Current risks, except on the social aspect, are unknown, as the Huydrochip device hasn't been tested. The DNA chip technology has been used in other countries for other purposes, so on a market point of view, there could be a competitive aspect arising.
|MARKET RISKS||Low risk|
|SOCIAL RISKS||Absence of risk|
|NEXT STEPS TO ACHIEVE THE STATUS 'READY TO USE'|
- Demonstrate that Hydrochip can be used to reliably, quantitatively and efficiently determine ecological water quality in a high throughput fashion by using molecular biomarkers to determine phytobenthos (diatoms) and phytoplankton (cyanobacteria).
|INVOLVEMENT OF THE OWNER FOR THE NEXT STEPS||Dissemination of information|
|TASKS TO BE PERFORMED|
Dissemination of the project results to target groups using a comprehensive networking approach.
|Estimation of ressources|
|TECHNICAL CONTACT||Marco Jaspers|
|WATER RTOM CONTACT||Natacha Jacquin|
|PROJECT DESCRIPTION||The Hydrochip project aims to demonstrate a new measuring device called Hydrochip, which will provide an opportunity to monitor the implementation of the WFD with regard to the ecological parameters phytobenthos and phytoplankton in an innovative way.|
|TEAMS INVOLVED||Stichting Waternet, The Netherlands Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, The Netherlands Vitens NV, The Netherlands Stichting Toegepast Onderzoek Waterbeheer|