This week, André Beaulieu Blanchette, president of Développement Solugen Inc., unveiled his innovative process for the treatment and purification of wastewater from the agricultural and industrial sectors to the Quebec pork industry.
The Quebec City company presented its first hog slurry processing unit deployed on a farm located in the Lotbinière region of Chaudière-Appalaches (Quebec-Canada).
“There is currently no process in the world for treating contaminated water that achieves the same level of performance as that achieved by Solugen. The process will have a significant economic and environmental impact on Quebec hog producers by recovering up to 84% of the volume of pig slurry in the form of clean water and eliminating up to 95% of the greenhouse gases and odors associated with pig slurry storage and spreading,” says Blanchette.
Solugen technology is based on 35 years of expertise in the field of industrial process development. More than $3 million dollars has been confirmed for the development of this technological showcase and for the optimization of its performance. Of this amount, $1,624,459 was granted by Transition énergétique Québec through its Technoclimat program, which aims to encourage the development of technological innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy and GHG emissions reduction. Développement Solugen has also received grants from the National Research Council of Canada and Canada Economic Development, and works in partnership with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique.
With NSERC’s support, professor Jean-François Blais’ research team at INRS will monitor the performance of the Solugen process for the treatment of pig manure by performing physical-chemical analyses at the various stages of the process.
According to the company announcement, Solugen technology will also contribute to the growth of agricultural operations, in full compliance with environmental standards, through job creation and the recovery of three important fertilizers in agriculture: phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. These recycled fertilizers will be reused as natural fertilizers.