Category Archives: Hydra Renewable Resources News

Hydra meeting with senior officials and Ministers of the Cambodian Government about a major project for Phnom Phen, Cambodia

photocambodiaHydra Renewable Resources, Inc. agents in South Asia, represented by Hywell Thomas (Tall man in centre), had a very successful meeting with senior officials and Ministers of the Cambodian Government about a major project for Phnom Phen, Cambodia on Monday February 9th, 2016.

28 were in attendance at the banquet in honour of Hydra in Phnom Phen.

Six Major Factors to Consider in Privatization of Waste Management Services

The decision by a governmental agency to self-perform versus outsourcing (privatizing) solid waste services is complex and should consider costs, as well as the following six major factors:

1. Continued level of service and rate control
2. Impacts to public employment
3. Impacts to waste reduction and recycling goals
4. Community pride and public perceptions
5. Organizational values.
6. Ability to respond to technological, regulatory, and socio-economic changes.

Read this November, 2015 full article in the Forester Daily News  here.

Ecuador to have first power plant using trash as fuel.

Within about 20 months, Ecuador will have its first cogeneration power plant that generates electricity using garbage, or biomass, as fuel.

The plant is being built in Quinindé, also known as Rosa Zárate, the second largest city in the Esmeraldas province on Ecuador’s north coast.

A biomass generation plant in France.

By burning 1,200 tons of waste a day, the plant will generate 30 megawatts of electricity.

It’s estimated that 72% of garbage in Ecuador goes to open pit landfills. The new project hopes to lower that percentage while also lowering the cost of electricity for residents.

The city council signed a construction contract with a Korean company. On Monday, June 15, a group of technicians from the Korean firm Star Group arrived in Quinindé to take a look at the 70 hectare-area where the plant will be constructed. Star Group has invested USD 150 million dollars. For its part, the city is expected to provide the necessary land and garbage.

Talks are taking place with the municipalities of Puerto Quito, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, La Concordia, and El Carmen to have them deliver their waste to the new plant.

The electricity generated will benefit the people of the municipalities that contribute garbage.

Class Project: The Garbage Movie

CaptureIn this short National Film Board of Canada documentary, a group of pupils aged 8 to 13 embark on a school project to find out all they can about garbage and its impact on the environment. The places they visit tell us a lot about the society we live in and about ecology, cities, art and history.

But this is old paradigm. Hydra presents the solution and the new paradigm way to deal with our waste.

See this documentary film here.

A Documentary Movie Outlines the Problems But is Weak on Presenting Solutions

Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes

CaptureA hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water – combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food – where does it all go? And what does it do to us? Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?

Hydra Resources presents the logical, ecological, affordable and obvious solution. Hydra can help.

See this documentary film here.

Hydra Resources Forging Ahead

While assembling a network of strategic working and financial partners and also signing contracts with North American, Carribbean and indeed countries and cities that are worldwide, Hydra’s CEO Bishop sees potential for a project ground breaking in 2014. Stay tuned.

The 13 Biggest Challenges Facing The Water Industry

wateronlineThis article was posted on the Water Online Newsletter and highlights the 2013 American Water Works Association (AWWA) survey of water professionals to identify the industry’s biggest challenges and concerns, while also providing key data to help support the development of solutions.

From The Editor | August 16, 2013

AWWA reports on the ‘State of the Water Industry’

Each year, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) surveys water professionals to identify the industry’s biggest challenges and concerns, while also providing key data to help support the development of solutions. The majority of respondents were utility workers, comprising 54 percent — 27 percent from drinking water facilities and 27 percent from combined water/wastewater facilities — while consultants (15 percent), government/regulatory agencies (10 percent), and manufacturers (6 percent) rounded out the field.

In looking at the executive summary of this year’s State of the Water Industry (SOTWI) report, I noticed some very familiar themes, but I was also struck by a few surprises. The most startling revelation is that 80 percent of utilities (at least those that were surveyed) are losing money on the services they provide. For explanation, look no further than the top two challenges cited in the list compiled below. Couple the high cost of infrastructure repairs with the fact that the public takes water services for granted (and thus is resistant to paying more) and it’s no wonder utilities are operating in the red. Solving this “value of water” conundrum would go a long way toward resolving the omnipresent funding issue by getting us closer to full-cost pricing on rates.

Another surprise was the attention given to climate change. Not only was it singled out as its own challenge, but water scarcity and drought were also given separate entries. Concerns over global warming, it seems, are trending up in direct proportion to its effects. However, this particular issue requires utilities to be proactive, not reactive.

Those observations aside, there are certainly other lessons to be extracted from AWWA’s “top challenges of 2013” poll. Review the full list here, presented with some interesting nuggets culled from the report and/or links for further information.

  1. Condition of water/wastewater infrastructure – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s infrastructure a “D” grade.
  2. Lack of public appreciation for the value of water
  3. Funding for capital improvement projects – More than 40 percent of non-utility respondents believe the water industry is not prepared to meet financial needs.
  4. Water scarcity/supply
  5. Replacing a retiring workforce
  6. Drought potential – Ten percent of respondents believe their home water service is not prepared for a drought of more than three years.
  7. Customer/community relations – Outreach is needed to communicate the challenges of water stewardship and develop public support.
  8. Recovering costs for service/investment – Eighty percent of utilities (water, wastewater, and combined systems) said they were not able to recover the full cost for providing service.
  9. Government regulations – Utility personnel ranked disinfection byproducts (DBPs) as the top regulatory concern, followed by pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs).
  10. Emergency planning and response
  11. Energy usage/cost
  12. Climate change – Only 20 percent of non-utility respondents feel the water industry is prepared for climate issues such as risk and resiliency.
  13. Utility security – Worries include intentional water contamination and cybersecurity.

For deeper insight and analysis on the results of the annual SOTWI poll — as well as the methodology, history, and purpose behind it — please reference the full executive summary (available to AWWA members). Stay tuned as well for the complete SOTWI report, which is due later this summer.

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).

Quang Ngai Press
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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 – WaterOnline.com

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.