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Hydra Renewable Resources – The Next Big Thing??

By Tim Garratt

Like most people in my Industry the ‘green’ agenda pops up quite frequently. I have taken an interest of late, partly as I have been working with the University of Nottingham on whether ‘green buildings‘ are attracting a premium. That work is coming to an end and I will post the results here shortly.

I am always interested in some of the new thinking in trying to reduce our carbon footprints.

cw2I met Hydra Renewable Resources a couple of weeks ago. They are a Canadian based company who are looking at wastewater management. Their starting point it to protect our scarcest resource – water. They also look to extract or harvest the wastewater stream itself. They have a three pronged approach…

Firstly, they treat wastewater to a level and standard that greatly exceeds the minimum recyclable standards, this treated water can be effectively recycled back into the system. This water can replace the drinkable water currently being used for agricultural irrigation, toilet flushing and many industrial applications, effectively reducing demand for potable water by around 40%

Then sludge, the bi-product of the sanitation process, is also used. They use sludge as feedstock to their reactors and create methane, which in turn powers in-house generators. This process can generate enough electricity effectively take the treatment facility off the power grid, completely eliminating the operating costs of electricity as well as the added cost of discarding sludge.

Finally wastewater comes into a treatment facility relatively warm. This thermal resource is normally ignored. But by using radiators and a closed loop distribution system the heat is harnessed and can be used to supply heating, cooling and hot water for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Each treatment facility can harvest this resource in quantities equivalent to approximately 20% of the heating, cooling and hot water requirements of the source city.

This sort of company are pushing the boundaries of the technology; I am looking forward to working with Hydra! This may well be the next big thing!

This article was posted on June 9th 2011 in Tim Garratt’s Blog here.

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Quang Ngai, Vietnam Provincial leaders and Hydra Renewable Resources Company (Canada) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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Quang Ngai, Vietnam: Then and working with Hydra Renewable Resources Company (Canada)

According to the invitation of the Chairman, dated 27.03.2013, the Company Hydra Renewable Resources (Canada) to survey and work in Quang Ngai to study investment projects Zone Park Urban & Agriculture renewable energy plant in Quang Ngai. This is a company with the experience and capabilities in the field of renewable energy from solid waste disposal and wastewater activities.

At the meeting, the leaders of Hydra company reported an overview of the project area and the area of renewable energy Park Urban Agriculture, for all wastewater treatment and drainage system of the province in the next 30 years; investment projects can scale to handle hundreds of thousands of tons of waste per day to be processed into energy for the development needs of the province, from sewage and garbage, with high-tech factories renewable energy and agricultural park for the 04 main products include: electric, diesel, clean drinking water and vegetables.

scrrenshotAnh Dao Quang Ngai province welcomed and appreciated for investment projects of the Company Hydra, especially in the field of solid waste management, waste water to recreate the energy and commitment will facilitate most advantageous for the Company to conduct a feasibility study project in Quang Ngai. It can be said, with the goal of continuing to Quang Ngai province developed into a modern industry, is calling for, attract investment projects with high technology in the field of waste management, waste water to re-energy is very important and necessary to ensure the sustainable development goals of Quang Ngai in the coming years.

According to the Union agenda, Quang Ngai province has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the province and Hydra Renewable Resources Company (Canada) for development projects Agricultural Area Park and The Urban Factory features renewable energy. After the MoU between PPC and the Company concluded, the Company will conduct Hydra procedures for project feasibility study, including the selection of land area, development planning park urban agriculture, the basis of renewable energy plants, the number of domestic solid waste, sewage, drainage, suggested the province … and support as well as providing the necessary information related to the research feasibility of the project, such as site clearance and resettlement, to ensure adequate supply of water and electricity for the operation of the entire project, or providing incentives for hiring with the highest rates in the range 100 – 120 acres in the project planning,

Trojan Technologies Acquires Salsnes Filter

wateronlineNews | December 28, 2011 –

An agreement has been signed under which Salsnes Filter AS of Namsos, Norway will join the Trojan Technologies group of businesses. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval.

logo-salsnesSalsnes Filter’s patented filter technology removes particles from municipal and industrial process water. Industries such as food, paper, cruise lines and aquaculture use the fully-automated treatment technology to treat effluent, improve the quality of influent or enhance the utilization of raw materials. Salsnes Filter is also an alternative to a primary settling stage for a traditional chemical/biological treatment facility or preventing membrane bioreactor (MBR) fouling. Salsnes Filter will operate as one of the Trojan Technologies group of businesses.

Founded in 1991, Salsnes Filter is represented in many countries and will continue to operate out of Namsos with production facilities in Salsnes, Norway.

About Trojan Technologiestrojan1
The Trojan Technologies group of businesses offers products under the brands Aquafine, OpenCEL, TrojanUV, Trojan Marinex, US Peroxide and VIQUA. Applications and markets served include municipal wastewater, drinking water, environmental contaminant treatment; residential; ultra-purification of water used in food and beverage manufacturing, pharmaceutical processing, semi-conductor applications; filtration; and biosolids. Trojan Technologies has offices in the U.K., Germany, China, France, Australia, Italy, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.

Hydra presents an innovative 21st century solution to a age old problem.

Hydra transforms the paradigm of municipal waste management, including sewage and garbage, from a perpetually underfunded publicly financed model to a vigorous enterprise that is organized, funded and managed from the private sector. Hydra’s proprietary IWR2M™ (Integrated Waste Resource and Recovery Management) system is a 21st century environmentally sustainable venture that achieves robust profit while vesting our municipal collaborator with an attractive revenue stream.

Treating it good enough to throw it away just isn’t good enough.

The current municipal waste management model is structured around a long acknowledged need to address public health issues. In effect, we have defined sewage strictly as an unsanitary waste stream. For over a century and a half, we have sought to process and ultimately discharge effluent when and where it would no longer present an unacceptable threat to our personal or our environment health.

In similar fashion we have historically defined garbage as a waste stream. We seek to sequester and confine it within specially constructed facilities. Designed to protect us from unsanitary contact and toxicity we store the waste over the tens of decades it will take for the most of it to decompose or degenerate.

Our collective approach has evolved into a paradigm of “Treat it good enough to throw it away.” The only thing that has effectively changed over the term has been governments’ definition of “good enough”.

Hydra Renewable Resources’ new paradigm is,“ Integrated Waste Resource Recovery & Management”.

At Hydra we operate within a different paradigm   ̶̶  one of “Management through Resource Harvesting”.  

Every aspect of the waste management spectrum can yield products that are environmentally and financially valuable.  By actively transforming the existing paradigm, we take the problem of waste management and turn it into a responsible, environmentally sound and profitable 21st century solution.

We achieve triple bottom line performance – economic, social and environmental – by creating integrated recyclable water, renewable energy and urban food production facilities committed to assisting our host municipality to achieve water, energy and food security.   We do so around industry standard municipal sewage and garbage processing.

  • We create integrated resource management utilities that embrace the opportunity to harvest energy and water while generating food production;
  • We encompass the complete “waste” stream with processes generating no emissions and zero waste discharge;
  • We employ a design, finance, build, own, operate and transfer (DFBOOT) model funded in the world’s capital/equity markets; and finally
  • Our system is built within a contractual private/public relationship model anchored securely in the private sector.

Ours is an approach that is focused on the protection of scarce water resources and the regeneration of increasingly valuable energy assets.  Hydra’s innovation firmly sets waste management on the path of self-sufficiency and profitability.

Hydra converts the waste water sludge and garbage to diesel and electricity.

The world’s waste supply seems limitless.   In North America we produced over 300 million tons of garbage last year.  This number is increasing each year despite there being 80% fewer landfill sites than just two decades ago.

Rather than throw it away, we seek to make use of it.

Hydra is able to convert the waste products – garbage, tires, construction waste – into a valuable solution – energy.  We transform sludge, from waste water treatment,  and garbage to electricity and renewable diesel .

We take what is a normally a financial and environmental burden and transformed it into a valuable solution.   

Hydra makes the waste water that would have been thrown away valuable.

We recyclable water to service urban needs.  Instead of throwing this precious resource away, it is sold and reused.

In residential developments that are built to accommodate water recirculation, wastewater can be used for toilet flushing and laundry, reducing urban demand for potable water by as much as 70 percent.

Recycled water can also replace the primary water currently being used for agricultural irrigation and most industrial applications.  There is a need for this newly created resource in the marketplace.

Waste water that would have been discarded is now valuable.


Hydra captures heat energy from the natural warmth of the treated water.

Every waste water stream in the world has an abundance of latent thermal energy.  Were the whole of the available energy to be fully utilized,  approximately 20 percent of the heating, cooling and hot water requirements of the source city could be met!   \

Each treatment facility can harvest this resource.   By converting the wastewater management plant into the anchor of a closed loop district energy system, we are able to acquire and sell energy captured from the waste stream.  A simple and straightforward radiator to radiator capture mechanism is able to realize 1 MW of heat energy from each million gallons or 3 800 m3 of treated water per day.  In southern climates the energy harvest doubles and even triples!

By converting the used water management plant into the anchor of a closed loop district energy shared system, we are able to sell the heat energy captured from the natural warmth of what was, formerly, discarded wastewater.

Hydra creates food security and renewed potable water from a recycled resource.

We grow food crops with recycled water.  Adding greenhouses at the end of the Hydra  IWR2M™ system allows us to exploit the value of the recyclable water for the creation of urban-based food production.  Taking advantage of the creation of clean water we can, in temperate and equatorial  climates, generate 450 metric tons of vegetables per year from each hectare of greenhouse development.

The greenhouses offer an added advantage.   Plants naturally draw water through their roots and expel it as water vapor  through their leaves.  The process is known as transpiration.   Transpirated water vapor is the purest water known in nature!   We are able to capture 25% of the transpirated vapor and harvest 8 million liters of pure potable water per hectare per year.