The NRC is developing a new technology: BioElectrochemical Anaerobic Sewage Treatment (BEAST), which can biodegrade organic waste through a simple, low-energy bioelectrochemical process. (patent pending)
- Develop improved techniques for sewage treatment operations in challenging Arctic and northern conditions
- A sewage treatment system that:
- biodegrades organic waste through a simple, low-energy process, harnessing electroactive bacteria to consume organic wastes and produce biogas or heat
- includes a tank equipped with electrically conductive porous electrodes, to which low voltage (1.4V) is applied and wastewater flows through the electrodes by gravity
- is completely scalable and can be applied to a single home or to an entire community
- Pilot testing the BEAST system in a variety of conditions and geographic locations, including:
- Montréal, QC
- Grande Prairie, AB
- Cambridge Bay, NU
- Building a 24 cubic metre system in Grande Prairie, AB as a first phase in a larger (75 cubic metre) community sewage treatment plant
- Testing the BEAST technology’s potential in such applications as:
- heavy metals removal from ground and tailing pond waters
- treatment of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW)
- hydroponic water
- Testing achieved high waste removal rates in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius and hydraulic retention time that varied between 1.5 and 4 days, depending on the concentration of the raw sewage
Boris Tartakovsky (SRO-EME)
Boris is the project manager and the scientific lead. He focuses on the design and operation of the bioelectrochemical reactor.
Yehuda Kleiner (PRO Construction)
Yehuda serves as a technical advisor and provides quality control and quality assurance as well as engineering knowhow.
Michelle Manuel (TO EME)
Michelle is responsible for carrying out laboratory experiments and analytical assays.