P.E.I. Company Shipping Solar-Powered Wastewater Treatment System
Wastewater treatment isn’t always easy, but an Island company has built a new system to help with that. It’s called REGEN and the idea is to make a wastewater treatment option for remote areas.
Patrick Kiely, Island Water Technologies’ CEO, said the system has been developed initially for the Canadian military for use in disaster relief and forward operating bases.
“This is the world’s first solar powered, mobile wastewater treatment plant,” he said.
Island Water Technologies planned to ship its first commercial unit to Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick this week where the military will spend four months testing it.
That unit costs $500,000 and was purchased through the Build in Canada Innovation Program.
Kiely said once it is in use, the military will send Island Water Technologies information, including about the system’s performance, as they decide whether it is suitable for forward operating bases.
It takes about 16 weeks to build one of the REGEN systems, which are made up of two shipping containers and manufactured in Pooles Corner.
Both containers have solar panels attached to the top and one side to power the system. One container unit focuses on renewable energy delivery and power management. The other contains a mobile wastewater treatment system.
Kiely said the system the military is testing is a high-end unit that is basically a miniature wastewater treatment plant optimized for a high volume and low energy use.
“Basically this has lots of bells and whistles,” he said. Each unit can treat wastewater for 75 to 100 people.
They are designed for two people to install them over one or two days.
Kiely said the company is targeting markets in North Africa and the Caribbean, which get a lot of sun, have energy costs and don’t have highly skilled operators for wastewater infrastructure.
Once the system is up and running there is no need for anyone on the ground to know how to run it because the unit is self-operating, Kiely said.
“You don’t have to have a highly skilled individual onsite.”
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