The core belief of Eagleridge is that we can make the world a better place by helping solve waste treatment issues for some of the most difficult and widespread waste streams in the world. Eagleridge's first technology for commercialization is the MicroPoP system for WAS (Waste Activated Sludge - excess waste bacteria for disposal from organic treatment processes), for the following industries:
Municipal Sewage Treatment,
Pulp and Paper,
and Meat Processing.
MicroPoP has been de-risked over 20 years with approx $28 Million invested. Several patents have been issued with 3 full scale demonstration projects conducted at municipal waste water treatment plants and a successful $6 Million pilot plant project at a pulp and paper mill. Put back to back, the fullscale machinery for MicroPoP has been operated for almost 4 years in total.
MicroPoP breaks apart (lyses) all of the bacteria in the WAS thereby taking a material with a consistency of oatmeal and making it like chocolate milk. These lysed cells are a readily available food source for the bacteria back in the process, whether aerobic or anaerobic. The bacteria can easily and quickly eat this food eliminating the waste in a beneficial manner. This simple and sustainable technology has large cost savings to the industrial user, minimizes biosolids handling and disposal, reduces GHGs, and enhances biogas production for RNG or cogeneration projects, amongst other positives. There is no longer a need to use polymers for dewatering the WAS, nor further handling and disposal issues and costs. MicroPoP effectively eliminates a difficult waste stream saving significant operating costs and lessening environmental impacts. Nutrient recovery modules for phosphorus and nitrogen (released from inside the cells) can be added to produce useable fertlizer.
Helping the World to Zero Waste
MicroPoP "zeros" waste activated sludge where it is produced and allows for resource recovery of phosphorus and nitrogen as useable fertilizer for value creation, thereby saving operating, processing and disposal costs and at the same time lessening the impact to the environment. Benefits are from reducing GHGs, increasing biogas production on RNG or cogeneration projects, and from other factors reducing the environmental footprint of a facility.
An example is for the Pulp and Paper industry where nutrients locked inside the bacteria of WAS are usually disposed of or incinerated. Using MicroPoP to break apart the bacteria in WAS, these nutrients are released and re-introduced to feed the bacteria in the process, thereby reducing nutrient purchase costs, and at the same time lessening WAS handling, dewatering and disposal costs. This also lessens GHGs in a sustainable manner.
For municipal waste water treatment plants MicroPoP is used to eliminate the WAS beneficially onsite minimizing biosolids generation requiring disposal. Whether anaerobic with biogas generated for RNG and cogeneration projects, or aerobic, WAS handling, dewatering and biosolids disposal costs are minimized, with attached GHG reductions. Nutrient resource recovery of phosphorus and nitrogen (ammonia) is done with Muddy River's simple and cost effective add-on technology modules. MagPi for phosphorus recovery and Misty for nitrogen (ammonia) recovery.
MicroPoP provides an innovative and cost effective solution for processing and elimination of WAS coupled with the synergistic nutrient recovery technology modules MagPi (phosphorus recovery) and Misty (nitrogen recovery). We can quickly assess your process setting for MicroPoP/MagPi/Misty technology applicability and conduct a cost benefit analysis estimating cost savings, GHG reduction and other benefits.
We are in partnering discussions with a variety of companies and organizations for commercializing the MicroPoP technology.
Muddy River Technologies - Provides expertise and equipment for a variety of waste water treatment challenges. Eagleridge has the licence for Muddy River's phosphorus nutrient recovery technology called MagPi and the nitrogen (ammonia) recovery technology called Misty. MagPi and/or Misty is a necessary addition to MicroPoP for facilities such as municipal sewage treatment plants, and some pulp mills, where nutrients are part of the feed. MagPi and Misty provide a cost effective solution for resource recovery in a form useful as a fertilizer. Other nutrient removal systems can also be considered.