Vancouver, B.C.-based Saltworks announced that it will accelerate commercialization of its Ammonia Splitter technology with recently awarded funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) aimed at both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment applications.

Ammonia Splitter reliably removes ammonia from municipal wastewater, landfill leachate, and other waste streams. Ammonia in wastewater is a growing problem due to its detrimental impact on aquatic ecosystems.

Ammonia Splitter works in extreme conditions where conventional approaches are unable to operate. It is insensitive to temperature, salinity, or varying ammonia loads and is not affected by contaminants that challenge traditional biological systems. Ammonia Splitter also turbocharges biological-based wastewater treatment plants by removing ammonia from centrate, their concentrated ammonia stream, effectively increasing plant capacity.

It can be used to treat any ammonia load to any level, with full destruction to N2 gas (no “fertilizer fuss”). The product is designed to be compact and bolt-on to existing plants.

SDTC president and CEO Leah Lawrence said, “Sustainable Development Technology Canada is very proud to support the commercialization of Saltworks’ innovative technology.”

“This project will create green jobs for the local economy, increase efficiency in the sector and provide economic and environmental benefits for all Canadians.”

Saltworks has operated Ammonia Splitter on municipal wastewater treatment plant centrate and landfill leachate. The technology uses Saltworks’ ElectroChem platform with a different IonFlux membrane and process. Commercial production is based on widely used electrodialysis reversal (EDR) equipment, including the ion exchange membranes, stacks, and plants built by Saltworks.

Saltworks is presently seeking additional site implementation partners.

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