Business Class: Startup’s battery concept could assist in solving Wisconsin’s salt pollution problem

In a UW-Madison chemistry department lab, an array of roughly 26 beakers are testing a local startup’s device concept that could help solve Wisconsin’s salt pollution problem in a renewable way.

The cups contain a high purity wastewater salt solution, as well as ChloBis Water-patented electrodes, which are able to extract the salt from the water while generating electricity, said founding CEO Margaret Lumley.

ChloBis Water, a desalination company with about five employees, was launched in 2021 out of a deep-seated desire to preserve the environment.

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Note: Margaret Lumley and ChloBis Water, Inc. have engaged with Innovate Network member organizations/entrepreneurial programs.