Pioneering New Frontiers in an Antiquated Wastewater Treatment World
As a leading renewable energy and resource recovery company, ClearCove’s patented technology transforms the economics of Food & Beverage and Municipal wastewater treatment operations via unparalleled production of clean energy and water; significantly lowering energy consumption and greenhouse gases in the process.
Solving a Global Sustainability Crisis
With one foot stubbornly rooted in Roman times, the wastewater treatment industry has been deprived of innovation and investment for the last half century. Wastewater treatment plant infrastructures are crumbling, which alongside rapidly rising energy consumption is exacerbating a problem that has reached a point of crisis.
According to the Electric Power Research Institute, wastewater treatment plants currently account for up to 2% of energy consumed in the United States.
Clearly this situation is unsustainable. The wastewater treatment industry is in dire need of transformation.
The “Domino” Effect
The impact of not addressing this problem head on has far-reaching tentacles. Other industries, notably the Food and Beverage world, are beginning to feel the economic impact from years of wastewater management neglect. Food and Beverage producers, from breweries through dairies, are incurring hefty surcharges for the disposal of their industrial wastewater. These charges, in tandem with an increasingly challenging regulatory environment, are rendering financial stability an ever more difficult hurdle to overcome.
ClearCove’s industry-leading, patented technology enables industrial manufacturers to eliminate high concentrations of organics from wastewater prior to being discharged into public sewer systems or other secondary methods of treatment. This in turn means a significant reduction or elimination of Municipal surcharges. Furthermore, the technology enables up to 90% water recovery for reuse.
Why Wastewater Energy Technology?
Wastewater energy technology is a dispatchable (or base load) renewable energy source. This means it is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year regardless of climatic conditions. Hence it can be deployed on demand, providing a greater level of flexibility for grid operators and energy users. And the biogas generated from the digestion of wastewater organics can be easily stored and utilized when it is needed.
Conversely, solar and wind energy fall under the category of variable renewable energy (VRE) or non-dispatchable energy sources. VRE sources fluctuate in their output. This fluctuation is due to their dependence on available sunlight and weather conditions. This climatic dependence limits their application to specific locations and geographies to ensure their economic feasibility.