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Uncovering Insights on PFAS Treatment Technologies and Markets

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of chemicals used to give materials specific functional properties. These include the ability to repel oil or water. These chemicals have been used in various products, including textiles, paper, and firefighting foams. Research suggests these additives have negative impacts on human health—possibly causing liver/kidney, thyroid, reproductive, developmental, and immunological issues, and cancer.

Efforts are underway to remove and destroy PFAS found in drinking water. However, destroying PFAS compounds can be especially challenging using currently available technology options. To address this need, our client, a government agency, was considering funding the development and commercialization of an early-stage, PFAS-destruction process.


Insights Leading to Actionable Recommendations

Our client needed to understand how this technology compared to existing solutions, and the market dynamics driving adoption.  To meet this need, we interviewed experts and gathered current insights on

  • Existing and emerging PFAS treatment technologies, their advantages/disadvantages and costs;
  • Most applicable use cases for the new process;
  • Market size and drivers, with a focus on current and pending regulatory drivers;
  • Regulatory acceptance pathways; and
  • Potential development partners for the new process and ways to reach them.

Using the technology and market insights we uncovered, we provided our client with actionable recommendations. Our client used our recommendations to make investment decisions on developing and commercializing this new PFAS treatment process.

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