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Feasibility study for waste treatment process

An Irish environmental firm has been awarded just under €1m (£782,000) in EU funding to develop commercial uses for its waste treatment technology, AquaCritox.

The grant was awarded to Super Critical Fluids International (SCFI) under the Eco-innovation initiative.

The project sets out to provide evidence of AquaCritox’s environmental and financial benefits, and to demonstrate its commercial feasibility, establishing a viable route to market for a range of applications.

AquaCritox uses a patented hydrothermal oxidation process to treat a variety of industrial, municipal and sewage wastes. By subjecting wet waste to high pressure and temperature and adding an oxygen supply, a rapid and complete oxidation reaction takes place. This reduces waste volume by 97% and produces a treated effluent that is safe for disposal.

The project will see the design, manufacture and installation of an AquaCritox demonstrator in Cork. This will test the technology’s treatment of municipal and industrial sludges, with an operating capacity of 15,000 tonnes a year. It will then be shipped to a commercial facility in the Middle East for further trials, including processing oil and gas waste.

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