Our process begins with an evaluation of your waste, facility, and site requirements. We then determine the amount of waste produced, the contents of the waste, and the land and other resources available for a full-scale waste treatment system. While developing a detailed plan for a large scale implementation, we also work on an experimental scale to analyze wastewater parameters, such as biological oxygen demand and total suspended solids as well as the concentration of critical nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. This comprehensive characterization of your operation ensures our ability to treat your waste to local standards and to grow large quantities of nutrient-rich algae biomass from your feedstock.
Once we have analyzed the needs of your facility, we begin a planning phase that involves the development of very precise engineering documents detailing the size and location of each treatment component as well as the flow between them. A typical treatment system involves a four step process: an anaerobic pond to promote sedimentation and breakdown of waste, a high rate algae pond to promote algae growth and oxygenation for further waste breakdown, an algae settling pond for biomass removal, and a maturation pond for further elimination of microorganisms and pathogens. The final treated water can be used to irrigate local fields for the growth of high value crops.
The final step is the construction and operation of your treatment facility. We work closely with you to ensure that we are meeting all of your expectations, addressing any concerns, and complying with local standards and regulations. We take care of everything from surveying to ensure the precise placement of each component to overseeing the grading, construction, and hookup of the new system to your existing infrastructure. We developed a full-scale demonstration of our technology in Lakeside, CA with our former partners at the Van Ommering Dairy.