Buffer When water is cheap and abundant, why should corporations be planning their water management strategy for a thirsty future? “The Corporate View of Water Strategy” webinar will bring together leaders from SAP, Intel and IBM to discuss why water management is important, how to implement a water management plan, and the practical application of [...]
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Buffer The Shanghai Tower will serve as a mammoth 125-floor rainwater harvesting structure. The breathtaking outside shell borrows the best designs from nature, collecting rain to purify and replenish 675,000,000 liters of water each year. Combining stores, offices and apartments, the building will serve as an icon for water resource management in China, as the [...]
BufferEverywhere you look people are trying to do more with less. Reduce costs, increase efficiency, reduce energy use, recover resources. There are strong economic drivers to do all of these things, which also happen to be sustainable. On July 22nd, 2010 I moderated the first in the BlueTech Tracker(TM) Webinar series: Mineral & Resource Recovery [...]
Buffer Researchers in Delaware are worried by high levels of nitrates recently discovered in groundwater and drinking water. A recent study found 76% of domestic wells contained nitrates. 18% of the wells exceed federal standards for drinking water. Even some deep wells are affected, leading Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources to conclude that surface contaminants [...]
BlueTech methods mitigate the causes of climate change by making efficient use of water, thereby making efficient use of energy, reducing fossil fuel extraction (thereby reducing water usage still further) and reducing the release of pollutants like CO2 and mercury into the atmosphere and water supply.
BufferConcrete. There’s a lot of it on earth. Pretty much every paradise has its parking lot. And its big-box store, high-rise condos, sidewalks, stadiums and office parks. Bridges, tunnels, jetties, locks, canals, station platforms: all require concrete. Concrete is the second most consumed substance on earth (pdf), after water: three tons of it per year, [...]
Ostara’s Pearl Nutrient Recovery Process harvests nutrients from wastewater streams, lessening the risks of eutrophy and struvite scaling, while creating a positive revenue stream for wastewater treatment plants. Ostara estimates $1 million in cost-savings and revenue. Not a bad way to protect life on earth.
BufferSpeaking of Resource Recovery, Canadian company BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc has announced plans to build a wastewater treatment plant at a copper mine in China. The plant will be a joint-venture with Jiangxi Copper Company. Construction is slated to begin Q3 2010 and cost $3 million, to be shared equally. The plant will purify produced [...]
Buffer Around the globe, a growing number of advanced water technologies are recovering valuable minerals and resources from waste water. The O2 Environmental Technology Assessment Group (TAG) will outline the size and value of the market opportunity, drivers for change, the business models used, major players and some of the innovative technologies being developed. The [...]
Treating wastewater is expensive. Yet, 70% of the cost to run a wastewater treatment plant is in two elements: electricity to power the aeration blowers and residual sludge treatment. A new technology promises to eliminate those costs.
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