GE partners with Canadian university to improve wastewater treatment in Guelph, Ontario

GE’s Water & Process Technologies has partnered with the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada on a federal government-funded, research project to enhance renewable energy generation as well as produce a pathogen-free biosolids fertiliser.

The firm has invested $900,000 across demonstration projects  to allow energy neutral wastewater treatment.

A new pilot has been opened at the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) wastewater demonstration facility near Guelph city's wastewater treatment plant.

The new pilot is a part of the SOWC’s Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) programme to support collaborative, industry-led technology development projects.

Funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, SOWC is providing  approximately $600,000 to collaborators for this project, through AWT.

GE's Water & Process Technologies product management exececutive Glenn Vicevic said: “We are very pleased to support this demonstration of our biological hydrolysis technology.

“This pilot project further validates the viability of energy neutral wastewater treatment that can produce valuable resources in the form of clean water, renewable energy and fertilizer.”

Biological hydrolysis technology bolsters the efficiency of current anaerobic digestion infrastructure by improving its throughput capacity by up to three times, thereby resulting in pathogen-free fertiliser product.

The process additionally enables plant owners to treat more sludge and other organic materials leading to increased biogas production that can be converted to renewable energy.

GE’s Water & Process Technologies provides chemical and equipment solutions along with predictive analytics, to boost water, wastewater and process productivity.

Image: The pilot unit at the University of Guelph. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.