UBC spinoff turns wastewater into ‘gold’, Edmonton first customer for new fertilizer
By Laura Severs
Alberta’s liquid sewage could soon become liquid gold for a B.C. startup firm.
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., a University of British Columbia (UBC) spinoff company based in Vancouver, has already landed its first customer in Alberta, and is hoping to capitalize on a global market that it estimates is worth at least $1 billion.
As many as 400 municipalities in North America and 500 in Europe – the company’s two target markets – are potential customers for the Ostara process.
Using what’s being described as cutting-edge technology, an Ostara reactor removes pollutants from liquid sewage and recycles them into an environmentally safe commercial fertilizer. That fertilizer, dubbed Crystal Green, will be marketed as a slow-release product to garden centres and nurseries and to large end-users such as parks and golf courses.
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