In 2013 Typhon’s founders, Dr. Matthew Simpson and Peter McNulty were working together on an off-grid municipal scale water project in Nigeria. The need for a sustainable and simplistic solution inspired them to investigate the possibility of using Mercury Free high flow LED ultraviolet (UV) water treatment equipment. None existed, and no existing UV water treatment equipment supplier would build one for them. In 2014 Typhon Treatment Systems was formed to create it. We now deliver a UVLED solution that is 100% mercury free, reduces maintenance, and dramatically reduces ancillary infrastructure (Glass/Mercury traps).
Typhon is backed by SAEV (Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures) and Nikkiso Co. (Japan) the world's leading manufacturer of UV LEDs,

At this time we focus on two main applications leveraging UVC LEDs:

  • Biological disinfection for inactivation of pathogens
  • Photochemical oxidation processes for removal of chemical water contaminants

Typhon’s USEPA UVDGM validated BIO-310 reactor is the only Municipal scale UV LED system available today. Typhon has collaborated with United Utilities to deliver the worlds largest UV LED for drinking water disinfection installation, with the capacity to treat nearly 30,000m3/day, at their Cumwhinton Water Treatment Works in Cumbria (UK).


Typhon Treatment Systems Ltd. formed, US provisional patent filing.
Prototype Development grant award from the Innovus Technology Investment Fund.
First equity financing.
Typhon among seven finalists in United Utilities’ Innovation Lab
Typhon win contract with United Utilities, the world’s first large-scale pilot of UVLED technology
First large scale UVLED system 28 megaliter‐per‐day with United Utilities. Saudi Aramco invest in Typhon



Kevin Starling


Kevin has spent over 30 years in the utility industry, joining Anglian Water in 1988 immediately prior to privatisation. He has extensive experience in the UK and overseas water industry covering business development, customer service and operations, public-private partnerships as well as long term strategic management focused on customer satisfaction and shareholder value.  Kevin holds a Masters Degree in Service Management from the University of Buckingham.

Wayne Byrne
Chief Executive Officier

WayneByrne_headshotWayne Byrne joins Typhon fresh from the exit of his last venture, OxyMem, to DuPont Water Solutions.

In the last 12 years Wayne has racked up a total of four successful exits in the cleantech space. He has an extensive background in identifying growth accelerators and inhibitors, crafting and executing strategies for expansion, based on innovative ways to win. Strategic Focus is on Resource efficiency, Climate and Water. He is a strong business development professional with an International Executive MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School (UCD).

Dr. Matthew Simpson
Founder & Director

DrMatthewSimpsonDr. Matthew Simpson obtained his PhD from the University of Newcastle, and has more than 15 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering. Dr. Simpson co-founded EPD UK, a specialist engineering consultancy that went from concept to the international market place in three years.

Peter McNulty
Founder & Director

PeterMcNultyPeter McNulty is an entrepreneurial senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in growing environmental engineering enterprises. Mr. McNulty founded N.E.I. Treatment Systems in 1997, and managed all aspects of its growth and transformation from a sole consultancy into a global marine equipment manufacturing company.

Mike Hemingway
Sales Director

MikeA seasoned leader with over 25-years' knowledge and experience in the water industry in general and UV water treatment in particular. Mike has excelled in various roles throughout his career including Design Engineering, Project Management, Business Development and Sales Management.

Gordon Whyte
Production Manager

GWGordon Whyte is a focused entrepreneurial leader with a passion for building multi-disciplined manufacturing teams and delivering on time and budget globally in high technology-based businesses. A seasoned entrepreneur with international operations experience.

Alister Renton
Electical Eng. Senior Principal

ARHighly capable and reliable electrical and electronic engineer. Wide technical engineering knowledge with specialist capability in Electrical and Electronic Systems & Electronics Manufacturing.

Dr. Olivier Autin
Lead Process Scientist

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Dr. Olivier Autin received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nantes and his Ph.D. in Water Engineering from Cranfield University in 2013. He started working with UV LEDs in 2010 during his Ph.D. and has since published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic.

Carly Soulsby
Office Administrator

Carly S ImageCarly was Typhons first employee and has seen the company experience considerable growth in the last 4 years.  With a background in construction and renewable energy she has a wealth of experience to help with the day to day running of the office. 

Dr. Audrius Židonis
Lead Mechanical Engineer

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Dr. Audrius Židonis has more than 10 years of experience as a design and research engineer working for various size companies like Delphi Technologies or Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon. He has obtained his industrial PhD from the Lancaster University specializing in development and optimization of hydraulic machines using Computational Fluid Dynamics and automated experimental testing.

Craig Rutter
Operations Manager


An Operations manager with extensive Production Management and Control experience predominantly in the Gas and Oil industry


Dr. Tom Hollis
Software Engineer


Dr. Tom Hollis obtained his PhD from the University of Newcastle and has spent over 10 years as a software engineer in the semiconductor industry. A software engineer with an eye for quality and efficiency, Tom relishes the challenge of making an impact on a new industry.


$ Billion Annually

The estimated size of the global addressable market for water and wastewater disinfection.


$ Million Annually

The annual sales in the global market for UV water treatment equipment.


% Growth Per Year

The rate of increase of UV water treatment equipment sales globally.


% Less Energy

The potential savings using Typhon’s LED design Vs mercury lamp technology.


Innovus Technology Investment Fund

Innovus is a UK government grant funding organization focused on fostering the development of new technology, jobs, and industry in the Northwest of England. Through Proof of Concept and Prototype Development grants Typhon has been the recipient of more than £300,000 ($450,000) of matched funding from Innovus. Their support has been critical to the progress Typhon has made thus far.


Nikkiso Co. Ltd. is a Japanese industrial conglomerate that is the world's leading manufacturer of UV LEDs for disinfection. Nikkiso America, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nikkiso Co. Ltd. owns 25 percent of Typhon's outstanding stock. The President of Nikkiso America serves on Typhon's Board of Directors.

Cranfield University

Since 2014, Typhon has been privileged to have a strong working relationship with Cranfield University's Water Science Institute. Scientific research into our biological and photochemical product development has been conducted there. Typhon sponsored an MSc student in 2016, and will sponsor at least one PhD student in 2017. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many years.

United Utilities

United Utilities is the water and wastewater utility for the Northwest of England, extending from the cities of Liverpool and Manchester up to the Scottish border. Their 94 drinking water treatment, and 569 wastewater treatment works serve approximately 7 million customers in the region. Typhon's office is located in United Utilities' service area. We are pleased to have a growing relationship with United Utilities for on-site prototype testing and development of our technologies.

Typhon is always open to exploring new partnerships.
Reach out to discuss our technology and how we can become allies in bringing UV LED technology to the market.

Why Typhon’s UV LED Water Treatment?

An optimally efficient configuration of UV LEDs in a water treatment system that is the first to offer an alternative to the Mercury dominated UV lamps

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