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Water-stressed Singapore bets on new technology to secure supply

A host of start-ups discover alternative ways to purify water.

Singaporean water treatment company Hyflux aims to sell the city-state's biggest desalination plant, Tuaspring. (Photo provided by Singapore Public Utilities Board)
Singapore is preparing to seize control of the country's biggest desalination plant, Tuaspring, on May 17. (Photo provided by Singapore Public Utilities Board)

SINGAPORE -- André Stolz calls his company's feature product a "super-absorbent" sponge: a carbon-fiber filter made from recycled paper and cotton that can suck oil or industrial contaminants out of water.

The company, EcoWorth, a start-up spun out of the  Nanyang Technology University, three years ago, has so far raised around $1 million through grants, angel investments and bootstrapping to help commercialize its 'carbon fiber aerogel' technology.

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