Resource Recovery Technologies Prove a Winning Innovation

Increasingly stringent laws regarding water effluents give impetus to technology development, says Frost & Sullivan

End users of wastewater treatment solutions have traditionally been technology-shy and prefer tried and tested solutions, mainly due to cost concerns. Technology developers are breaking through this barrier by offering resource recovery solutions that can help end users rapidly recoup their investments. The sector that will benefit the most from recovery technologies is the resource-heavy agriculture industry, as the water, energy, algae and nutrients recovered from wastewater will find significant application in this space.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Innovations in Wastewater Treatment and Its Impact on Key Sectors, finds that innovations in wastewater treatment technologies are geared towards wastewater reuse and resource recovery. The three most popular technologies are advanced oxidation processes, membrane filtration and anaerobic digestion.

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“Wastewater resource recovery holds the potential to stoke cross-sector collaborations as well, since resources recovered from one sector can be used in another,” said TechVision Senior Industry Analyst Jennifer Tan. “Such collaborations reduce risks in any new endeavour and lower the resistance to innovations.”

Meanwhile, rising environmental concerns about pollution and depleting water sources as well as the passing of strict regulations are providing considerable impetus to technology development. Regulations regarding wastewater discharge have become more stringent in recent years, especially with regard to effluents from power plants in the United States, and the pharmaceuticals industry, in general. The need to comply with regulations and standards is motivating industries to reduce effluents and reuse their wastewaters.

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