Research and Development

At Osorno, innovation has been key to our company’s success.  We continue to re-invest a substantial portion of our revenue in research and development (R&D). Some of our innovations over the past 10 years include:

  • Developing a  chlorine dioxide generator that can double as the master control and SCADA system for a complete water treatment plant;
  • Installing satellite communication that allows for assisting local operators, and control a plant remotely if required; and
  • Designing a security module (SecureWall™) that shields Internet connectivity from unauthorized access.

Chlorine Dioxide as a Disinfectant and Oxidant

The focus of this R&D project was to demonstrate the viability of using chlorine dioxide as an oxidant and disinfectant for drinking water and treated wastewater in Canadian applications. The R&D project included:

  1. Water treatment and disinfection with chlorine dioxide resulting in removal of iron and manganese, improved water quality and taste, without  formation of carcinogenic trihalomethanes (THMs);
  2. Wastewater disinfection with chlorine dioxide  for improved disinfection efficiency with no undue impacts on the biota of receiving waters.

This project was partially funded by the National Research Council of Canada –  IRAP.

Distributed Secure Intelligence in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

This multi-year project involved the development of distributed intelligent components and equipment for water and wastewater treatment plants based on the SmartGrid concept. The goal of the project was to address the security requirements for protecting human health and Canadian infrastructure. The R&D project included:

  1. Plant Security and Remote Communication – developing  a special device to guarantee secure remote access to a  treatment plant while defending against Intranet intruders.  The project resulted in development of a device called SecureWall™.
  2. Communication Protocol – developing communication protocols for transmitting standardized process images of PLCs and SCADA systems, ensuring complete interoperability. The project resulted in an open standard communication protocol – OSAUT – Osorno Automation Protocol, registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
  3. Intelligent Filter Head – developing an electronically controlled filter head with a web browser capable of communicating with PLC or SCADA via Ethernet TCP protocol. The project resulted in a fully electronically controlled Intelligent Filter Head.
  4. Intelligent sensors and actuators – developing sensors that transmit data not via current loop, but digitally via Ethernet TCP protocol. The project resulted in a combined pH/ORP/T sensor that transmits measured values digitally, with its own web browser to show measured values in different scales.  The system also allows the sensors to be calibrated remotely.
  5. Intelligent Disinfection Systems – developing a multi-functional chlorine dioxide generator with enhanced chemical yield, SCADA touch screen, and a remote communication ability with different access levels. The project resulted in a new line of generators for different capacities.

This project was partially funded by the National Research Council of Canada –  IRAP.