Agua Nueva(Wastewater

Sustainability Problem: Water

Wastewater: “wastewater treatment as a water use because it is so interconnected with the other uses of water. Much of the water used by homes, industries, and businesses must be treated before it is released back to the environment. “

Technology Solution Agua Nueva

  • Lower cost and more efficient
  • Better quality of the water treated
  • It uses generation of ultra-filtering and microfiltering membranes
  • Biological treatment of wastewater to be able to use for watering

Stakeholders

  • Public
  • Wastewater processing companies
  • Government
  • Irrigation

Deployment/Implementation

  • Provide to the farmlands throughout the United States
  • It can help water shortages
  • Redirect the water previously used for irrigation to areas in need of water supply
  • Can reduce the water bill for the residence and farmland for the surrounding areas

Sources

https://www.acciona.us/sustainability/innovation/water-technologies/

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/wastewater-treatment-water-use?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

Water Supply

Sustainability Problem: Water

Water Supply: “World Health Organization, 1.6 million people die each year from diarrhoeal diseases attributable to lack of safe drinking water as well as basic sanitation”. 

Technology Solution Nanotechnology in Filtration

  • It removes microbes, bacteria and other matters from water using composite nanoparticles.
  • Low cost water purification
  • Cost of water decreased from $1 per cubic metre to between $.80 and $.50
  • Capably of Smart Monitoring

Stakeholders

Stakeholders

  • Public
  • Irrigation companies
  • Wastewater processing companies
  • Mobile recycling facilities
  • Government

Deployment/Implementation

  • Developing countries losses 45m cubic metres are lost everyday
  • Without smart monitoring technology it hard to attracted investment for treatment plants, pumping stations because of the loss water production.
  • With smart monitoring technology, it can ensure investors that it will minimize the loss water production
  • Pressure and acoustic sensors that are connected to wirelessly to a cloud base monitoring can help companies to locate the leaks much faster to resolve the issue.

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/new-water-technologies-save-planet

Membrane Bioreactors in Beer Production and Water Waste Management

Emily Tregidgo – emt2179

1) Sustainability Problem: Water, waste, emissions, safety and health

An average brewery uses 7 to 10 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of beer1. Water is used as both an ingredient in beer and in its production, and wastewater is produced as a result of operations. Both the water intensity of production and the wastewater associated with it pose sustainability questions and concerns.

2) Sustainability Technology: BlueCycle MBR (membrane bioreactor)

Cambrian and The Florida Brewery Partner to Reduce Costs and CO2 Emissions

  • Distributed wastewater treatment and resource recovery solutions provider Cambrian is partnering with Florida’s second oldest operational brewery, The Florida Brewery, to deploy Cambrian’s BlueCycle MBR technology. The technology is intended to replace the need for high-strength wastewater disposal systems, and to reduce CO2 output by ~254 metric tons per year. There are also anticipated cost savings associated with the technology.
  • BlueCycle MBR is an aerobic digester that removes water pollutants from the wastewater and its use facilitates water reuse compliant with Title 22 requirements (water recycling regulations). 
  • Anheuser-Busch, Dr. Pepper, and Anchor Brewing Company are among other companies that are using Cambrian’s water reuse solutions.

3) Stakeholders

  • Cambrian
  • The Florida Brewery (operational team)
  • Other beverage companies (both those that use these technologies and those that do not)
  • Regulatory bodies (to ensure compliance with Title 22 and other legislation) 

4) The First Three Steps in Deploying This Technology

  • Assess the impact of the technology at The Florida Brewery
  • Market the cost savings and sustainability benefits the technology provides to other beverage companies
  • Conduct regulatory research to ensure the product is still compliant with the requisite legislation

Sources:

1The thirsty business of beer: How breweries are confronting the industry’s water problem

BaySeparator: Stormwater Treatment

The problem

Storm water is one of the main causes of pollution in cities. All the water runoff that is produced accumulates waste and pollutants throughout the city and is finally poured into rivers and water bodies, affecting environments and natural resources that people depend on.

The technology

The BaySeparator is a water treatment system that treats runoff throughout entire storms, no matter their intensity and duration.

In the following link it is explained how it works with different storm intensities:

http://www.baysaver.com/flash/demo_separator.html

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The stakeholders

  • Municipalities
  • City governments
  • Water treatment institutions
  • Citizens

Deployment

BaySaver Techonogies Inc. is a company that designs and manufactures stormwater treatment products. They created the BaySeparator in order to improve older systems that treated only the first flush of runoff. The idea was to create a new technology able to treat the stormwater throughout the entire storm.

Source: http://www.baysaver.com/#

Parabosol: providing safe drinking water in remote areas

Technology: Parabosol is a portable solar powered water treatment system for use in remote areas.

  • Physical and purifying filtration is conducted by using a parabolic mirror that boils water at a temperature up to 400 degree Celsius.
  • The water first passes through a sand filter to catch particles.
  • Secondly, the water is collected in a water container where it is purified using the steam generated by the parabolic mirror.
  • And lastly, the water passes through a carbon filter to remove odor-dissolved gases.
  • The system consists of one contaminated water container, one purification container and two clean water containers.
  • This technology can clean up to 170 liters of water in a single use.

Problem:

  • Statistics vary but the WHO states that “1.1 billion people has no access to any type of improved drinking source of water.” http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/mdg1/en/
  • water.org puts this figure at about 663 million people that lack access to safe drinking water (about 1 in 10 people)
  • A lack of safe drinking water has a strong impact on health and mortality as can be seen by the millions of people who suffer from waterborne diseases.

Stakeholders:

  • Engineers / Designers of the technology
  • Suppliers of materials
  • Sales and marketing
    • Who can sell this technology and get additional funding/investment
  • Investors
    • who can finance the implementation of these solar panels
  • NGOs and project managers
    • who can help assist with the implementation through actual installation, maintenance and education of communities for how to maintain it themselves
  • Local communities
    • who will be benefiting from this technology also need to be receptive to it.

Implementation:

It is unclear what stage this technology is in with regard to implementation, however it did win awards in 2014 and 2015.

A plausible implementation process for such a technology, however, would be:

  • Seek funding and investments to launch a pilot project
  • Partner with an NGO that has ties to a community where it could implement such a technology
  • Launch pilot project and monitor outcomes / problems that arise
  • Made adjustments to technology/ additional R&D
  • Marketing of success of pilot / get additional funding
  • Continue partnership and implementation across communities

Sources:

http://www.designnobis.com/index.php?r=site/product&id=192

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/mdg1/en/

http://water.org/water-crisis/water-sanitation-facts/