LONDON, UK – Israel-based Sustainable Green Technologies (SGTech) has been recognized with the 2019 European Technology Innovation Award for its Integrated Ecosystem Solution (IES).
The IES is a biological process combining enhanced biogas production with simultaneous removal of nutrients from livestock manure and slurry. Its patented, chemical-free waste management process enables the generation of biogas with methane content of 65 percent, which results in 30 percent higher energy than conventional anaerobic digestion solutions.
“SGTech’s process facilitates nutrient management and utilization of nitrogen and phosphorus (up to 90 percent removal) from the digestate so they can be sustainably reused. Importantly, its processes comply with the regulations regarding nitrogen/phosphorus loading in arable lands,” said Vijay Wilfred, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, which bestowed the recognition.
“The end products of the process are clean energy, reusable water, and a safe, solid fertilizer, which can be used for various operations in the livestock facility. The excess electricity, meanwhile, can be sold to the grid.”
As phosphorus and nitrogen are vital nutrients used on a large scale for agricultural applications, the recovery of these nutrients from wastewater has emerged as a key strategy for sustainable management of global nutrient use. The IES also eliminates the risk of cost fluctuations by offering the possibility to reuse the solid nutrients as fertilizer and the liquid effluent to be spread directly in soils.
The IES has proven to be a complete solution for livestock farms, using a specific microbial process with no additional chemicals or treatment equipment.
The innovative approach behind SGTech’s IES process allows the company target a wide range of clients in the livestock sector across Israel and Europe. The company aims to license its IES process to biogas developers so they can build and operate (BOT/BOO) facilities and provide long-term operation and maintenance services to dairy farms.
“Overall, SGTech’s IES demonstrates a future-ready approach to the sustainable and safe management of livestock farming waste that will help clients save money and resources while protecting people and the planet,” Wilfred said.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.