What is The BiO2 Solution™ system, and how does it work?
The BiO2 Solution™ green technology is a biological system that utilizes multi-species, single-cell microalgae instead of using traditional air blowers to reduce ammonia, BOD5, and TSS. The BiO2 Solution™ green technology grows microalgae in a biological control center. Next, these microalgae species are metered into wastewater lagoons, and then they act like biological pure oxygen generators, initiating and perpetuating the process of rapid aerobic digestion.
For Whom is The BiO2 Solution™ System Designed?
Municipalities, metro and special districts, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), industrial wastewater, and wastewater from anaerobic digesters. For the most part, The BiO2 Solution™ is designed for applications with lagoon systems ranging in size from 0.05 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) up to 3.0 MGD daily flow.
Why might my town want to use The BiO2 Solution™?
Stringent Discharge Standards and Lower Electrical Usage
- EPA and most states plan to tighten their discharge standards. Some of these towns may face the challenge of thinking they have to upgrade to an expensive mechanical system in order to meet these proposed standards. Compared with mechanical or hybrid alternatives, The BiO2 Solution™ technology functions with lower cost, lower power consumption, lower sludge accumulation and lower environmental impact--all while meeting current and future NPDES discharge requirements.
Even if proposed standards are not an issue at this time, and if your facility is faced with high monthly electrical cost to run the blowers or surface aerators for the lagoon wastewater system, The BiO2 SolutionTM system offers a low CAPEX and OPEX alternative to your present situation.
I have an engineering company with which I work. Would I have to get rid of them?
No. We will work along side your existing engineering company, if they so desire.
Are lagoon type wastewater systems more prevalent in the southern states or northern states?
In doing a nationwide survey, we learned that wastewater lagoons are actually uniformly distributed across the U.S. They are prevalent in small municipalities because they are a cost-effective way to treat wastewater. There are approximately 9,600 municipal lagoons in the U.S., not including industrial and CAFO lagoons.
Are the upcoming 2015 regulations for specific states or is it nationwide?
It is nationwide. The Clean Water Act drives it. It is the NPDES discharge standards that are driven by the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and this will change depending on the receiving body of water. Thus, different receiving bodies of water will have different maximum loads of nutrients that can be discharged into them. It is unique to each state and national body of water.
Why would I grow microalgae since algae are one of my biggest problems?
The BiO2 Solution™ uses multi-species, single cell microalgae that are specifically different from the mat-forming "algae" (cyanobacteria) that are usually associated as a problem for wastewater treatment lagoons. The microalgae used in the BiO2 technology actually provide 100% pure oxygen to the microbials which then out-compete the mat-forming cyanobacteria for the nutrients in the lagoon and thus results in reduction of the undesirable cyanobacteria.
What does microalgae do, and how does it benefit me?
The BiO2 Solution™ is a patented technology that uses multi-species, single cell microalgae to provide the pure oxygen needed for wastewater treatment. Due to the low oxygen transfer rate of mechanical aerators (5%-10% OTR), The BiO2 Solution™ is a more efficient and sustainable wastewater treatment system. It reduces high electrical costs by eliminating the use of expensive and inefficient mechanical aerators. This is significant as mechanical wastewater treatment systems are the largest user of electricity within a public works department.