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Water-Cleaning Fruit Waste

This Treated Citrus Peel Adsorbs Metals and Organic Waste Matter

— April 12, 2017 — Eco
Food waste has been used as an environmentally friendly energy source, and now citrus peel is being used to clean water. The method was developed by researchers from the Universidad de Granada in Spain and Mexico's Center for Electrochemical Research and Technological Development and Center of Engineering and Industrial Development.

An Instant Controlled Pressure Drop treats orange and grapefruit peels to give them adsorbent properties, which means they hold metals on the surface but don't soak them up. The citrus peel can also remove organic pollutants and improve the process of waste management by potentially replacing activated carbon filters.

This demonstrates how fruit waste can be used for sustainability purposes while also bettering existed processes.
Trend Themes
1. Citrus Peel Water Cleaning - Using treated citrus peel as an adsorbent to remove metals and organic waste matter from water presents a disruptive innovation opportunity in the water treatment industry.
2. Instant Controlled Pressure Drop - Developing the Instant Controlled Pressure Drop method for treating citrus peel to give them adsorbent properties opens up disruptive innovation opportunities in waste management and filtration industries.
3. Fruit Waste Sustainability - Utilizing fruit waste, such as orange and grapefruit peels, for sustainability purposes and improving existing waste management processes offers disruptive innovation opportunities in the food and beverage industry.
Industry Implications
1. Water Treatment - The use of treated citrus peel as an adsorbent in water cleaning presents a disruptive innovation opportunity in the water treatment industry.
2. Waste Management - The Instant Controlled Pressure Drop method for treating citrus peel provides disruptive innovation opportunities in the waste management industry.
3. Filtration - Replacing activated carbon filters with citrus peel as a means to improve waste management processes presents a disruptive innovation opportunity in the filtration industry.
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