Applied CleanTech’s technology comprises a unique convergence of financial benefits: operational, commercial and CDM, yielding financial profits for its owners while also bringing about a paradigm shift in the way we currently view wastewater.
Applied CleanTech’s SRS™ offers several considerable financial benefits:
1. Operational benefits: Operational costs for treating and handling sludge have increased substantially over the past decades due to increased fuel prices, shutdown of landfills, and increasingly stringent regulation regarding sludge quality for agricultural use. The costs involved in constructing a new WWTP or upgrading an existing WWTP are exceedingly high as well, and expected to rise even more due to more stringent regulations aimed at curbing environmental damage.
Major efforts to find efficient solutions for the increasingly costly sludge problem are being sought.
Installing Applied CleanTech’s SRS™ in a WWTP requires only a minimal capital investment. Once installed, the system immediately reduces the amount of sludge formed in the plant, thus increasing treatment plant capacity. As a result, less energy consumption is required for aeration, dewatering and sludge pumping, resulting in a 30% reduction in operational costs, a key benefit of implementing the SRS™. In addition, less sludge is required to be transported and disposed, leading to an additional saving.
2. Commercial benefits: Recyllose™, a valuable new commodity produced automatically by the SRS™, yields a variety of resalable and profitable products, and is reusable in a variety of industries, such as an alternative fuel; a heat source; and for green electricity; Recyllose™ can be used also as an additive for the pulp and paper industry. While the traditional production process of manufacturing paper is costly, labor-intensive, requiring mass tree-timbering and a major water and air pollutant - Recyllose™ provides a viable and economical alternative for the pulp industry, reducing tree-timbering and minimizing water and energy consumption. The price of pulp ranges between $800-$1,100 per ton, which can be substantially reduced using Recyllose™.
Recyllose™ can also be used as feedstock for the bio-plastics industry. The current price of plastic is $1,500 per ton. Bio-plastic manufactured from Recyllose™, a clean, sterilized, and odorless compound, composed mainly of cellulose, yields a superior quality end-product that is both cheaper and greener than regular plastic, thus reducing the reliance of the plastics industry on crude oil.
3. CDM (clean development mechanism) is a financial mechanism enabling international trade in greenhouse gases, allowing the investing company to qualify for receiving certified emission reduction (CER) credits, also referred to as carbon credits. Investors can use these credits in place of reducing GHG emissions in their own country. Applied CleanTech develops technologies which qualify as ‘sustainable technologies,’ thus investors in Applied CleanTech’s technology qualify for receiving a considerable amount carbon credits, based on the SRS™ technology which:
• Reduces GHG emissions in WWTPs, by extracting biodegradable material from the wastewater stream, thus substantially reducing sludge formation by WWTPs, so less methane is emitted.
• Extracts bio-solids and produces Recyllose™, that can substitute fossil fuels in the bio-plastics industry (a high oil and energy consumer), and as a heat source replacing ethanol.