Rewarded with the Green Technology Award at the Green Innovation Summit, which took place on October 19th, APATEQ's containerized "WaterPaq" uses innovative technologies that enable to treat different streams of water with one single installation. GreenWorks met with Mireille Wellenreiter, Chief Administration & Compliance Officer, to talk about APATEQ's project and its future plans.
In your opinion, what were the elements of your application that convinced the members of the jury?
APATEQ applied for the Green Technology Award with the WaterPaq, its sustainable, compact wastewater treatment solution that excels as it can be used for multiple raw water qualities without having to change the hardware settings. The multi-functionality of the WaterPaq is possible due to dedicated software developed in house and a mix of different technologies that APATEQ master. APATEQ managed to combine very efficiently the process installation with sophisticated software so that the plant is self-adjusting its operation parameters according to the varying inlet water.
Can you tell us more about your project? What are its main advantages?
Wastewater becomes an issue when no technical infrastructure providing a sewer system is available. This is typically the case in remote areas, resorts, islands, golf courses and construction / men camps. And if these areas are located in sensitive environmental areas, the problem is even more evident and requires a reliable and efficient solution. Often it is solved by transporting the wastewater to the next wastewater treatment plant, which is mostly quite far away from an area without technical infrastructure itself.
Water hauling causes truck traffic, which has a negative impact on the environment, wildlife, residents and on costs. These costs are not only generated from wastewater transportation but in addition, created as opportunity costs when water, which could have been re-purposed after a certain kind of treatment, is disposed of and expensive, scarce fresh water is used instead. These considerations make the operation of an own wastewater treatment plant quite feasible, assuming it is economically advantageous; the plant operates reliably and does not require a permanent on-site operator with extensive technical know-how.
APATEQ’s compact wastewater treatment system WaterPaq combines high performance at low operational expenses with a significantly reduced footprint, when comparing with traditional wastewater treatment plants. Containerized APATEQ wastewater treatment plants can handle from 10m3/ day to 120m3/day. Depending on the plant capacity, the process technology is housed into one or two ISO shipping containers. Effluent from the WaterPaq complies with the most stringent international regulations for direct discharge. Alternatively the plant can be customized to produce water for reuse purposes, such as washing, cooling or irrigation.
What are the first results you can share with our readers?
A pilot plant of the new generation of WaterPaq successfully runs on a Swedish island. Water from three different sources is successfully converted to fresh water (drinking water quality) by one single installation. APATEQ now competes in a tender for the industrial size plant.
Other than that, the APATEQ team has developed, manufactured and supplied close to 20 plants in different sizes that are running since 2010 in the field today.
Can you tell us about your future plans?
APATEQ addresses selected markets where their technology is proofed to be advantageous in terms of performance and economical aspects, namely compact wastewater treatment for remote locations, the maritime industry, the oil & gas industry, water consuming industries and the waste management sector. These markets offer a huge, global opportunity.
In 2019, in addition to the current sales model, we will start offering TaaS (Treatment as a Service), a full treatment service function, with plants operated, maintained and serviced by APATEQ. In this case, customers will only contract the function/service from us on a need and time base, we will take care of the rest, while the ownership of the plant remains with us. The customer will only pay for the water treatment service and will only be invoiced if the effluent water quality meets with the required specifications.