Published: 22 Jan 2022
CCm Technologies in partnership with Severn Trent has been awarded approximately £1 million government funding to explore new sustainable ways to recycle wastewater and convert it into a commercial product. 18th February 2020: The water and waste company has received grant funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Carbon Trust, as part of their Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator programme.
The project focuses on a new process, developed by CCm Technologies, which uses captured carbon dioxide to stabilise, nitrogen, phosphate and organic chemicals held within waste streams at Severn Trent, turning them into sustainable plant nutrients. This stabilisation process significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions on-site and the carbon-free heat co-generated in CCm’s proprietary process will be used to reduce energy consumption across the site, so aiding Severn Trent in its drive toward Zero Carbon operations.
The funding will go towards developing an entirely new solution for treating wastewater in the sewage process. This pioneering approach, in partnership with CCm Technologies, is a world-first for the wastewater sector and will substantially reduce the amount of energy needed, as well as increase the quality.
As part of the collaboration with CCm Technologies, an award-winning cleantech company focused on resource optimisation, there is the potential to develop an enhanced fertiliser product for agricultural and/or horticultural application, potentially creating new commercial opportunities for Severn Trent Paul Knuckle, external funding lead at Severn Trent says, “We are really excited about this award from the Carbon Trust and BEIS because it’s a first for Severn Trent and CCm Technologies. We’ve demonstrated how well aligned our wastewater recycling ambition is to the government energy efficiency strategy and how we can support the circular economy with the potential to produce value from waste.”
Paul added: “Winning this award alongside our collaboration with CCm Technologies is a first step in building a strong innovation partnership and we’re looking forward to working with them. It will be the first trial of the technology at this scale in the UK” Professor Peter Hammond, CCm’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder commented: ”This is a the meaningful breakthrough that will allow our technology to demonstrate the release of significant plant nutrient resources held by Severn Trent and use them to lock captured carbon back into the soil, paving the way for greater sustainable agriculture in the UK."