GE's Water & Process Technologies Invests in Demonstrating Energy Neutral Wastewater Solutions in Conjunction with Ontario's University of Guelph

Posted: Thursday 16th February 2017

GE Invests $900K across Demonstration Projects to Enable Energy Neutral Wastewater Treatment and Produce Pathogen-Free Biosolids.

GE's Water & Process Technologies today announced it is collaborating with the University of Guelph (U of G) in Ontario, Canada, on a federal government-funded, research initiative to maximize renewable energy generation and simultaneously produce a pathogen-free biosolids fertilizer. Government, university officials and Water & Process Technologies executives gathered recently for the grand opening of the new pilot, located at the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) wastewater demonstration facility adjacent to the city of Guelph wastewater treatment plant.

The pilot is the first large-scale project to receive funding under the SOWC's Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program, which supports collaborative, industry-led technology development projects. SOWC is funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The AWT program is supplying nearly $600,000 to collaborators for this project. In addition, Water & Process Technologies is investing $900,000 in infrastructure and support.

"This first large AWT project epitomizes what SOWC is all about," said SOWC Executive Director Brenda Lucas. "We are connecting the needs of industry with Ontario's academic expertise and enabling real-world testing in unique facilities to help bring innovative technologies to market."

Water & Process Technologies' aspirational goal is to shift wastewater treatment from a burden to an opportunity where valuable resources can be extracted - namely renewable energy, clean water and fertilizer. Enhancing anaerobic digestion through biological hydrolysis technology is one of the keys to realizing this goal. Biological hydrolysis technology maximizes the efficiency of existing anaerobic digestion infrastructure by increasing its throughput capacity by up to three times. This enables plant owners to not only treat more sludge, but potentially other organic materials, dramatically increasing biogas production that can be converted to renewable energy. At the same time, a valuable pathogen-free fertilizer product is produced.

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