Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Going Dutch

Israel signed a collaborative agreement to install Applied CleanTech’s revolutionary Sewage Recycling System (SRS™) in a Dutch wastewater treatment facility (WWTP) and a Dutch paper mill.  The initiative brought together a host of Dutch organizations, companies and governmental bodies: Agentschap NL, Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier, Israel Innovations, Aa en Maas Water Board, KCPK (Center of Competence Paper and Board), Stowa (Organization of Applied Research in Water Management) and TNO (Applied Research Center).

Applied CleanTech’s Sewage Recycling System (SRS™) changes the concept of how wastewater is treated. It creates recyclable materials by converting the bio-solids into Recyllose™ – a new sterilized product based on cellulose extracted from the wastewater, which is automatically packed into a reusable commodity and transported to paper, construction, plastic and energy industries. This process reduces over 50% of sludge formation, cuts up to 30% of WWTP operational costs, and significantly increases the WWTP capacity. Please read our earlier post about Applied CleanTech and its groundbreaking process.

According to the collaboration agreement, Applied CleanTech’s Sewage Recycling System will be installed for a test period in early 2014 at Aa en Maas Water Board municipal WWTP at Aarle-Rixtel followed by the industrial process water treatment at a leading paper producing company Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier. Assuming the outcome will be successful as expected, all parties hope to expand the collaboration throughout the Netherlands. The implications could be tremendous. If implemented throughout all WWTP’s in the Netherlands, the resulting savings in wastewater treatment operational costs could accumulate to millions of Euros, alongside the enormous environmental benefits.

Job Rosenhart, Energy Advisor for Dutch Industry at Agentschap NL, noted that his agency viewed this cooperation as strategic due to the cultural compatibility and complimentary needs and abilities of both peoples.

Growing Forests in the Desert

About Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF)

KKL-JNF was established in 1901 to serve as trustee in the name of the Jewish people over the Jewish lands of Israel. Here are the highlights of its activities today:
  • Developing accessibility at the recreation sites for the physically disabled
  • Developing international research partnerships on water and forestry issues. Today, there is cooperation with the American and Australian forestry administrations,  regional governments of the states of Alberta and Manitoba in Canada, and with the forestry organizations in Spain, Italy, Greece and other Mediterranean countries.
  • Healing the scars inflicted on forests by harsh climate, fires, and war
  • Raising public awareness of environmental concerns and protection of nature