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GE collaborates with University of Guelph

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GE’s Water & Process Technologies has announced that it is to collaborate with the University of Guelph (U of G) in Ontario, Canada, on a research initiative to maximise renewable energy generation and simultaneously produce a pathogen-free biosolids fertilizer.

The research initiative, which will be funded by the federal government, will be located at the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) wastewater demonstration facility adjacent to the city of Guelph wastewater treatment plant.

The pilot is the first large-scale project to receive funding under the SOWC’s Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) programme, which is funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The AWT programme will supply nearly US$600 000 to collaborators for this project. GE’s Water & Process Technologies is also investing US$900 000 in infrastructure and support.

SOWC Executive Director, Brenda Lucas, said: “This first large AWT project epitomises what SOWC is all about […] We are connecting the needs of industry with Ontario’s academic expertise and enabling real-world testing in unique facilities to help bring innovative technologies to market.”

Glenn Vicevic, Executive, Product Management — GE’s Water & Process Technologies, said: “We are very pleased to support this demonstration of our biological hydrolysis technology […] This pilot project further validates the viability of energy neutral wastewater treatment that can produce valuable resources in the form of clean water, renewable energy and fertilizer.”

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