Local company uses green technology to eliminate biosolids and generate
ORANGEVILLE, ON, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - The Council of the Town of Orangeville
last night passed a resolution supporting in principle a proposal from
Orangeville-based Xogen Technologies Inc. to pilot and test a revolutionary
new wastewater treatment process at the Orangeville Water Pollution Control
The patented Xogen technology treats wastewater using an electrolytic
process that not only eliminates biosolids but also requires a much smaller
facilities footprint than conventional treatment approaches, thereby lowering
potential capital costs. As well, the process produces a mixture of hydrogen
and oxygen gas that can be used to generate energy through combustion or a
fuel cell - energy that can be sold back to the grid or re-used to help
further reduce costs.
"We believe our patented technology has the potential to revolutionize
the wastewater treatment process," said Angella Hughes, CEO of Xogen. "We're
excited at the prospect of moving from the lab - where batch results on the
bench have been tremendous - to a real world scenario where we can collect
data from a continuous flow model."
In a presentation to Orangeville Council, Hughes described the
technology, the scope of the pilot project and its benefits to the local
"We employ 6 people here in Orangeville in our 3,200 square foot R & D
facility," she said. "We've invested over $5 million in the last three years
to develop this process and we're really excited about the potential to
commercialize this technology."
By partnering with Xogen, the Town of Orangeville joins with other
members of a consortium that includes the University of Toronto, Newalta and
other specialized technology companies contributing to the project. Xogen has
a collaborative research agreement with the University of Toronto which has
received financial support from the federal and provincial governments,
including from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
"In these tough economic times it's great to see a local company
investing in research and development and creating jobs," said Orangeville
Mayor Rob Adams. "The fact that Xogen is in the forefront of new 'green'
technologies is even more exciting. This is the way of the future: looking for
new ways to deal with environmental challenges."
Having received the Town of Orangeville's agreement in principle to act
as host for the pilot plant, Xogen will now be submitting a proposal for up to
one-third funding for the pilot plant from Sustainable Technology Development
Canada (SDTC), a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of
Canada to finance and support the late-stage development and pre-commercial
demonstration of clean technologies. Xogen will submit its proposal to SDTC by
January 21. SDTC is expected to announce the results of its latest funding
round in early July 2009. Design and construction of the pilot project is
expected to be completed and fully operational in early 2010. Once
operational, the Xogen pilot plant will divert a small portion of raw sewage
through its reactor on a continuous flow basis in order to demonstrate its
viability for municipal wastewater treatment. An objective third party will
evaluate the results. With data obtained from the pilot, Xogen will be able to
refine the technology for commercial use in both Canadian and international
markets. The pilot plant is expected to run until 2011.
For further information:
For further information: For Xogen: Tony Maxwell, Headwaters Media Inc.,
firstname.lastname@example.org, (519) 940-9805; For Town of Orangeville: Sheila
Duncan, (519) 941-0440 x 253, email@example.com