TECHNOLOGY:  

Water-less laundry for uniforms, gear, textiles

AFFILIATION:   TERSUS Solutions, Littleton, Colorado, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Water & Waste
Tech Readiness: TRL 7

Tech Brief: TERSUS is a closed loop, water-free, low energy system for laundering / cleaning of uniforms, gear, textiles. Our systems instead use liquefied carbon dioxide (beverage fizz but in liquid form) - which is cheap, abundant, readily available worldwide, and which creates no effluent waste stream.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The value proposition for National Defense is three-fold: (1) reducing the risk / uncertainty / vulnerability associated with water supply; (2) soldier protection/morale; and (3) resource (cost) saving. The U.S. Army has calculated it's fully burdened water cost in forward operating theaters at $1000/gallon. 20% of the logistics tail in Iraq and Afghanistan are water-related, and 50% of casualties in those arenas are logistics (re-supply) related. Often a soldier must make a choice between a hot shower and washing his/her uniform; but not both. DoD has also mandated zero energy / water initiatives for fixed base operations both nationwide and across the world. Uniform and gear laundry is extremely water/energy intensive (often 300 gallons / single cycle on a typical laundry system); and if this function is outsourced it is very expensive. Our process also has unique capabilities for maintaining gear performance (eg. a ballistic vest cannot be washed in water and thus often goes unworn); and extending the life of apparel and gear (conventional laundering will rapidly degrade uniforms due to heat and chemistry, thereby requiring frequent replacement (cost)).

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Mid-stage Startup (A or B)
Website: http://www.tersussolutions.com
Booth Number: T813