So three years ago we got this idea for a business.

The idea is to use natural processes to help solve the nitrate pollution problem from animal agriculture.

And we can do it for 1/2 of the average costs for disposal in Europe (depending on your farm).

So farmers would actually keep more money by adopting our solution.

We do this by valorizing the waste and treating it on the farm. And in many of the cases where government subsidizes waste disposal we can save municipal costs as well.

 

Our Prototype

We are building a compact wastewater treatment unit to clean up the environment and create jobs for green entrepreneurs. We take organic waste and run it through our unit – what comes out is recycled water and nutrients. We don’t use chemicals. We use a proven, effective, tested, and natural process.

The leading causes of environmental fouling are not what you would expect.

3 things you should know.

  1.  intensive animal farming is A leading cause of environmental degradation globally. Cow Burps for instance contribute IMMENSELY to CO2 EMISSIONS. Runoff and point source Manure pollution is also an enormous factor. [1]

  2. This planetary pain in the ass accounts for a larger footprint than all sectors of transportation combined.  [2]

  3. The recent algal blooms (green slime) that have fouled our rivers, lakes and coastal waters are the result of nutrient runoffs from agriculture. 30% of nitrate pollution from Animal agriculture in the EU alone. Nitrogen pollution ‘costs EU up to £280bn a year’ [3]

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Who we are.

Wastewater Science is the winner of the 2015 Maltese Business Idea Competition Climate KIK. The idea has been vetted by scientists and business leaders and we are working to bring the idea to market. This business agenda will help give us the solvency to fight climate change at one of it’s most potent sources.

We have a global plan to deal with agricultural wastewater profitably – for everyone involved. Our plan is to install these units where they are needed most and empower the people in each area we sell them to be green entrepreneurs. The result is a reduction in the number one source of environmental stress.

We have formed a company to enact our plan and are building our prototype.

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Here’s the gist of our plan:

Effects on climate change from installing our unit

  1. Lower energy costs.

    We have a low energy service that eliminates hauling and dumping as well as reduced stress on the environmental carrying capacity currently leveraged to deal with animal waste.

  2. Reduced carbon footprint

    Less hauling and dumping, less energy use and a reduction in bio-gas emissions all are the intended consequences of our service.

  3. Water recovery

    Les intensive water use is the result when we can return most of the water in animal waste for irrigation or washing.

  4. Nutrient Recovery

    Since we are recovering nutrients rather than dumping in a land fill or using a process that may leech into the water table we are maintaining a cyclical use of resources already in use in the eco-sphere – reducing the potential for further environmental damage if these nutrients are lost.

Who is the team?

DSC_0064 JOSEPH A. BUHAGIAR,  PHD
Senior Scientist Department of Biology, University of Malta
BRYAN OGDEN, MA, MS, MSCimgres
20 years media development experience

For more information contact us!

 

 

 

 

[1] For the sake of argument and technically speaking animal poop is not the direct point source of the majority of agricultural green house gas emissions, and it’s not cow farts either, but rather because cows burp a lot during digestion. We are adding up all the factors that produce agricultural waste together in this statement about the degradation of our environment. Deforestation, runoff, ect. But saying all of this in a short one liner is a bit like explaining E = mc2. It makes sense once it gets explained and its much easier just to call the aggregated result something for shorthand ie “waste”. To drill into this a bit more for example how manure is managed and stored contributes to about 14% of it’s greenhouse gas contribution in the United States. Our goal is to attract attention to this whole sensitive issue and offer a solution/intervention to one aspect of a complex and difficult problem that is agricultural waste disposal. [2]See the following link for more detailed information on the global pressure: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?newsID=20772#.V_4zLuh97RY[3]http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-13025304