2017

Aquatec Maxcon selected for Sydney Water’s Odour Control Facility at Riverstone WWTP

Sydney Water, has selected Aquatec Maxcon for the Odour Control Facilities at Riverstone Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), NSW.   

Aquatec Maxcon is proud to be the exclusive BioAir partner in delivering Odour Control Systems within Australia and New Zealand and Sydney Water has selected the formidable combined excellent performance of BioAir’s state of the art Biotrickling filters with Aquatec Maxcon’s reliable delivery.

To date, Aquatec Maxcon have installed eight Bio Air Odour Control Systems, including at Yarra Valley Water’s award-winning Waste to Energy plant and Tooheys Industrial WWTP.  In addition, Redland City Council has been a repeat customer, having three BioAir Odour Control Facilities installed over the past three years.

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Photograph courtesy of BioAir





Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade wins Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

At the 2017 Australian Water Association’s Annual Queensland Gala Dinner, Aquatec Maxcon, along with South Burnett Regional Council, won the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for the successful delivery of the Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) upgrade.

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Peter Ferrando, Aquatec Maxcon Director, said “Kingaroy WWTP is our first Nereda® Plant in Australia and to have the Water Industry recognise our achievement in delivering this job is encouraging. I am extremely proud that  the design was delivered with our core in-house engineering team of Process, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (MPA Engineering) with support from Cardno, as the Civil Designers. Our Group is capable of accomplishing great outcomes and delivering industry leading projects.”

Kingaroy WWTP has achieved exceptional effluent quality together with significant reductions in both capital and operating expenses. It has also received special recognition by the Dutch Government which issued a postage stamp celebrating the relationship between Australia and The Netherlands.

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Aerobic Granular Sludge, Nereda® technology has become a sustainable alternative to activated sludge processes and is gaining worldwide prominence in the water industry with the largest plant under design in Dublin with a capacity in excess of 2million EP. Aquatec Maxcon is the exclusive partner of Royal Haskoning DHV, the technology provider for Nereda®.

Aquatec Maxcon has been on the forefront of several successful introductions of innovative wastewater technologies to Australia including diffused air oxidation ditches, fine bubble membrane air diffusers and membrane bioreactors, among others that are now considered industry standard. Over the last ten years, Aquatec Maxcon has invested in excess of $20 million in research and development and is continually improving to find sustainable technologies for the Industry.

Click here to view the Australian Water Association Media Release.

Photos courtesy of the Australian Water Association

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Yarra Valley Water announced as finalist in 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Yarra Valley Water has been announced as a finalist in the Environmental Protection category for this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for development of their Waste to Energy Facility at Wollert in Melbourne’s North.

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The interim Chief Executive of Sustainability Victoria, Stephanie Ziersch, praised the team for their creative and insightful work towards building a more sustainable environment.  “Delivering these Awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new models of sustainability.

“These Awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community." 

To combat the effects of drought, Yarra Valley Water constructed a waste to energy facility next to the Aurora Sewage Treatment and Recycled Water Treatment Plants.  Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Yarra Valley Water to develop and design the plant and completed construction in December 2016.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, will personally select the winners of the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award, which will be presented at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 26 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne.

For more information on the Awards and finalists, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

Waste to Energy Facility, multiple award winner

Yarra Valley Water’s Waste to Energy facility won the award for “Outstanding Corporate/Institution Initiative in Collection/Processing Marketing” at the 2017 Victorian Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) Awards, held 23rd August 2017. 

The Australian first facility was recognised for:

  • Widening the scope of oganics processing beyond just composting
  • An envrionmentally friendly disposal solution for commercial organic waste
  • Attracting significant media focus on both the challenges and opportunities in organics processing

The purpose-built facility converts organic waste such as food scraps, into renewable energy.  This occurs via the production of methane gas (biogas) which powers generators to produce electricity.

Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Yarra Valley Water to develop and design the plant and completed the construction in December 2016.  Since that time, the plant has been operating beyond expectation, producing enough electricity to power itself, the adjacent Aurora Sewage Treatment Plant and export surplus electricity to the grid as renewable energy; making the facility not just environmentally sustainable but also commercially viable.  

Anthony Davey, Victorian State Manager for Aquatec Maxcon offered his congratulations to Yarra Valley Water, saying “It is a great achievement to be recognised by the industry in this manner. We are very happy to have contributed to this award-winning plant.  This award means we are setting high standards for the future of waste to energy in Australia”.

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On 5th July 2017, the Yarra Valley Water WtE plant also won the “Best International commercial plant” by the British Anaerobic Digestion Association (ADBA) at the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards.  Weltec Biopower, were honoured to receive the award.   Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Weltec Biopower, a European pioneer in the field of biogas, to introduce this innovative technology to the Australian water industry.

Visit here, to read more about the award:  http://www.weltec-biopower.com/news/article/weltec-biopower-wins-two-adba-industry-awards.html

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