AMSTERDAM, November 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
In a celebratory signing ceremony held on Tuesday, November 5th 2013, a collaborative agreement to install and study the benefits of Israel's Applied CleanTech's revolutionary Sewage Recycling System (SRS™) in a Dutch wastewater treatment facility (WWTP) and a Dutch paper mill was signed. Applied CleanTech had developed a sustainable technology for wastewater treatment. According to ANP, this Dutch-Israeli collaboration will potentially save annually an estimate of 290 million Euros (approximately 389 Million USD).
While the production of paper and packaging is usually environmentally damaging and expensive, Applied CleanTech's patented technology virtually mines reusable materials out of raw sewage, preparing them for reuse in various industries, such as biodegradable plastic, recycled paper, etc. As those materials are extracted from the influent, sludge formation is dramatically reduced; hence environmental damage and operational costs are cut down by 20%-50%.
"With this technology we can separate our wastewater, just like people do with household waste," says Jo Cox, Director of Smurfit Kappa, a Dutch-British manufacturer of cardboard packaging. Smurfit Kappa, one of the largest packaging manufacturers in the world, along with the Aa en Maas Water board, will invest in this Israeli technology aiming to reduce industrial footprint in the Netherlands.
"By implementing this technology in just one of our manufacturing sites, we can save about 1,000 euros per day. Spread along all our sites and possibly also in agriculture and chemical industry wastewater treatment plants in the Netherlands, would mean huge savings," says Cox. This is the big step towards new European markets for Applied CleanTech, which is already active in Scotland, Mexico and Israel.
"We are excited to launch our activity in the Netherlands and look for additional opportunities in Europe as well as in the United States. The success of this project would open many doors in the entire water treatment industry," said Dr. Refael Aharon, founder and CEO of Applied CleanTech.
The Dutch-Israeli cooperation and investment was enabled by mediation of the NL Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The NL Agency continuously looks for advanced technology in Israel. "The Dutch government considers Israel as a strong partner when it comes to new technology," said Job Rose Heart of the NL Agency.
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SOURCE Applied CleanTech