Sewage seen as profit source
BIOTECHNOLOGY: PROCESS RECOVERS COMMERCIAL VALUE FROM WASTE.
A VANCOUVER COMPANY USING ‘GREEN’ TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF B.C. HAS COME UP WITH A WAY TO MAKE MONEY FROM SEWAGE.
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. says its reactor system can remove phosphorus, ammonia and other polluting nutrients from the sewage process and convert them into environmentally safe commercial fertilizer.
The company, founded in 2005, now has its first industrial-scale plant operating in Edmonton that will be producing fertilizer for commercial sale.
Philip Abrary, president and CEO of the private company that has licensed the technology from UBC, which is also a shareholder of Ostara, said yesterday that the company and its technology have a great future.
“We have got a tremendous amount of interest out of U.S. cities,” he said.
Abrary said the system brings major benefits to municipalities by cutting operating costs, improving efficiency and helping the environment.
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