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Ennesys demonstrates new waste water technology in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, November 29, 2017

France-based Ennesys, a biotechnology company, with its venture partner OriginClear, a leading provider of water treatment solutions, has completed a one-year demonstration of its FreeWaterbox technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The containerised, self-sufficient waste water processing system recycles solid organic food waste and sewage into valuable by-products including fertiliser, algae-based soil conditioner and irrigation-grade water, said a statement from the company.

Since its installation a year ago, the FreeWaterbox has operated continuously in the desert climate of Abu Dhabi where, as Ennesys states, it processes up to 45 metric tonnes (about 16,000 gallons) of organic wastewater daily into irrigation water, while turning 500 kg of solid kitchen waste every day into 150 cu m of biogas for onsite electricity – rendering the system completely self-sufficient, it said.

Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginClear, said: “Poor recycling of solid food waste is a major world problem that Ennesys helps to solve while showing the potential to reverse desertification.”

“Congratulations to CEO Pierre Tauzinat and his team for an outstanding achievement,” he said.

In addition to the irrigation water and biogas, the system produces daily 80 kg of high-grade compost and 300 litres of algae-concentrate soil conditioner, branded as Alphybios.

According to Ennesys, Alphybios is a stimulant rich in vitamins and minerals that strengthen plants' immune systems and reduce their need for water and fertiliser. In fact, a study co-sponsored by OriginClear showed that algae concentrates may reduce conventional fertiliser expense by up to 40 per cent.

The Alphybios algae-concentrate soil conditioner is added to the irrigation water from FreeWaterbox to grow test crops near the pilot system. Even though the test plot ground is primarily desert sand, sugar cane, tomatoes and other plants flourish there.

In 2011, OriginClear helped launch Ennesys to target France's sustainable energy law, RT 2020, which will require that buildings achieve a positive energy balance by the year 2020.

Over the past few years, OriginClear has also provided Ennesys with algae harvesting, water sanitizing equipment, and technical expertise. OriginClear also transferred three algae-related patents to Ennesys on preferential payment terms to enhance its technology portfolio.

Over the past few years, OriginClear has also provided Ennesys with algae harvesting, water sanitizing equipment, and technical expertise.

OriginClear also transferred three algae-related patents to Ennesys on preferential payment terms to enhance its technology portfolio.

Pierre Tauzinat, CEO of Ennesys, said: “The support provided by OriginClear over the years has been invaluable.”

“We look forward to commercialising the FreeWaterbox and are confident the technology will contribute to the world's struggle toward water and food security,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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