AQUARIUS proposes disruptive improvements in laser based water sensing employing MIR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs).
It is motivated by
i) the EC Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) where hydrocarbons are identified as priority hazardous substances,
ii) the industrial and regulatory need for fast and continuous detection of contaminants and
iii) the current state-of-the-art of measuring these substances using QCLs as defined by project partner QuantaRed Technologies and described in ASTM D7678.
AQUARIUS covers the supply chain from research institutes to system integrator and end users. It will push the online system from TRL 3 to 7 and the inline system from TRL 2 to 4 and thus reinforce the industrial leadership of the project partners regarding QCL based liquid sensing and photonic components (source, detector and IOCs).