The company was founded in 2009 by Erik Abbing, who had an idea of how to deal with energy and water solubility in tap water systems. Today, nine people work with what they call intelligent tap water systems. Their technical solution represents a whole new way of approaching the problem of energy dissipation and unnecessarily high water consumption because it takes a while before the water gets hot enough when turning on the tap. Customers are mainly plumbing manufacturers.
"I have benefited greatly from the cooperation with LTU Business and received effective support in terms of both partnership and innovation funding," says Erik Abbing.
In the summer of 2017, the company pitched its technology in Amsterdam, where they won and thus had the opportunity to make a pilot together with the Dutch construction company KIEN. 3eflows solution will be tested in Elkien City Lab, which means that 26 connected households will be able to try out the company's solutions.
In traditional water systems, the hot water remains in the pipes after turning off the tap. The water eventually cools and this causes energy to be lost. With 3eflow's system, the hot water instead goes back to the source. As a result, there is no cold water left which must be flushed out of the pipes before the hot water can come out. This also counteracts the biofilm and temperature zone that causes legionella bacteria to occur.
LTU Business AB is one of 13 Swedish partners in the Enterprise Europe Network, a worldwide network that works for international growth in small and medium-sized enterprises. The operations are funded by the Swedish Agency for Growth and the European Commission, and include a number of powerful tools for international growth and to quickly find the right partner in a country outside Sweden.