Coping with the city’s continued growth – Forum to examine how innovation will shape urban design
Phillip Abrary and Gordon Skene are making money from the waste you flush down the toilet.
And unlike urban planners and politicians who worry about the steady migration of people to urban environments, they’re happy because it only means their waste-recovery inventions are needed that much more.
Abrary’s company, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., and Skene’s Paradigm Environmental Technologies Inc., will be at this week’s Cities Summit, a City of Vancouver-sponsored forum looking into ways cities can cope with the growth anticipated over the next four decades.
Ostara and Paradigm have complementary technologies that are taking a bite out of the waste produced in municipal waste water treatment facilities.
Ostara sifts out nutrients from waste sludge, producing high-value, slow-release phosphorus for fertilizer. Paradigm produces biomass energy from the same sludge, reducing the amount that has to be trucked away for disposal. Both are based in Vancouver.
“Cities are huge sinks for nutrients,” Abrary said. “All the nutrients, all the food we generate are consumed in these cities and it is a great central location to recover those nutrients.”
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