Applied CleanTech’s sewage recycling system reduced the Dutch Waterschap Aa en Maas’ daily operational costs by about $2,700 in addition to reducing sludge by up to 30 percent, according to a report that examined the commercial potential of sewage mining.
ACT’s system produces a compound out of wastewater: Recyllose (recycled cellulose), a raw material that has numerous applications in various industries.
In addition to municipal users, ACT says its technology can help industrial and agricultural wastewater treatment plants all over the world transform their wastewater into high-quality revenue-generating raw materials for the global plastics, insulation, pulp and paper, construction, bio-fuels production, nano-cellulose, as well as other industries, instead of keep producing expensive sludge.
According to the report, the Recyllose was found to have many promising commercial uses as an economic substitute to cellulose in various industries. It was found suitable for the production of bio-composite materials, biofuels, asphalt, insulation materials, replacement for fiberglass, and more.
In addition to wastewater treatment savings, the technology also cuts energy consumption and pollution, while increasing wastewater treatment plant capacity by 15 percent, the report says.
Earlier this year Arla Foods, a milk cooperative in Vimmerby, Sweden, installed a Grundfos low-energy system for processing its wastewater, allowing it to expand while keeping its sustainability targets, according to The Guardian.