Wastewater disinfection innovator receives the industry’s most prestigious award and captures the attention of influential organizations and thought leaders in the water industry.
October 17, 2013
Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG), innovator of the only wastewater disinfection process that creates renewable energy, generated tremendous excitement when it shared the award podium with established industry powerhouses at the 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® 2013) that took place in Chicago last week. “There was a big wave of interest in our technology at the show because it represents a compelling solution to increasing water challenges in municipal, agricultural, food, beer, and beverage industries,” says Greg Ryan, CEO and co-founder of the company.
Ryan says that the enthusiastic reception of his company’s eco-friendly water reuse technology indicates that the company’s value proposition is in alignment with the goals of many companies and agencies around the world: “People who need to treat wastewater are looking for a straightforward and sustainable solution to their energy and water disinfection needs. Municipal and industrial customers are increasingly turning to PTG’s technology as it solves both needs in one solution.”
PTG’s municipal customers include both large and small communities such as Ventura and Graton in California. In addition, demand from industries like agriculture, food, beer, and beverage is growing rapidly as these industries face rising energy and water-related costs. By adopting PTG’s technology, these industries are able to significantly reduce their energy, water, and waste costs while achieving a significant return on their investment.
The highlight of the week was PTG receiving the prestigious 2013 Innovative Technology Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the worldwide industry association for water and wastewater professionals. WEF includes many of the world’s top experts in water and wastewater technology, and its reach extends well beyond the United States.
The award caught the attention of local policymakers who are wrestling with wastewater disinfection strategies. For example, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn dropped by the PTG booth to discuss how PTG’s technology could help with the immediate water and energy needs throughout Illinois. In addition, prominent organizations with a global perspective—such as the Johnson Family Foundation and The World Bank—also expressed interest in learning how PTG’s technology could be applied in developing nations.
“A key message that resonates with people who make strategic water management decisions is that our technology has immediate and highly practical benefits,” says Ryan. “The WEF Innovation award has placed us on the map with water industry experts and also multinational engineering firms that are looking for a proven solution that can cost-effectively disinfect water and generate local power.”
About the WEF Innovative Technology Award
The Innovative Technology Award is the premier award presented annually to leading companies that have introduced pioneering technologies related to the water and wastewater industries. PTG was recognized from among many companies in the Innovative Technology category for its X-500 system, which uses waste heat from turbines or engines to disinfect wastewater while also generating electricity.
The PTG eco-friendly system for wastewater disinfection and renewable energy
PTG’s patented technology is the first and only technology to combine wastewater disinfection with the generation of renewable energy. PTG’s integrated systems can use available waste by-products (such as biogas) or natural gas to power a turbine or engine that generates electricity. The turbine’s hot exhaust air (which is typically wasted) passes through a waste-heat recovery unit that increases the temperature of wastewater to disinfect it. PTG’s intelligent software efficiently optimizes energy and water flow throughout the integrated system. PTG’s systems are significantly more cost-effective and energy-efficient than other disinfection methods. Unlike other wastewater disinfection approaches, PTG’s technology is sustainable and does not require toxic chemicals such as chlorine, or costly electrical power and expensive UV lamps. As a result, PTG’s systems fit a broad range of applications in both the municipal and industrial market sectors such as the agriculture, food, beer, and beverage industries.
About Pasteurization Technology Group
California-based Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) is a rapidly growing, venture capital-backed company that is revolutionizing the disinfection of wastewater. PTG’s systems feature its patented “two-for-one” technology that combines eco-friendly wastewater disinfection with the generation of renewable energy. PTG’s process is one of only a handful of technologies to pass the stringent standards of Title 22 in the state of California for the disinfection of water for reuse. PTG’s technology has also been officially recognized in the influential EPA’s Guidelines for Water Reuse. By channeling the typically wasted exhaust heat from a turbine or engine to disinfect wastewater, PTG’s technology enables tremendous cost savings is water- and energy-intensive industries such as agriculture, beverage and food processing. PTG has won numerous awards including the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Innovative Technology award, the Katerva Award, the Artemis Top 50 Water Tech award, and the Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award. For more information, see www.pastechgroup.com, and follow us on Twitter (@PasTechGroup) and Facebook.