Cork-based waste treatment and recycling company Eras Eco has placed the first commercial order of SCFI’s AquaCritox® technology, which provides a unique process for the sustainable destruction of organic wet waste. The system will be installed at the Eras Eco plant in Foxhole, Youghal in December 2011, and forms part of a €10m (£8.5m) investment to improve the environmental credentials of the site.
The new technology will process waste from pharmaceutical companies in the Cork region, which until now has been shipped abroad for thermal treatment. Using super critical water oxidation, AquaCritox will completely destroy the organic wet waste in an odourless, quick, carbon neutral process that does not produce any harmful emissions or residues. Its unique functionality is also energy positive, generating steam that can be used to make renewable electricity on the site.
Comments SCFI’s chief operating officer David Kerr: “Years of development and testing of AquaCritox have proven the extensive benefits super critical water oxidation delivers when processing pharmaceutical waste. We’re extremely excited to see the first commercial installation of the technology at Eras Eco, which is set to make a significant, positive impact on their efficiency, operating costs and carbon footprint.”
Parsons Engineering’s Cork office will design and manage the installation of the AquaCritox plant, with the world’s largest company for industrial automation and information, Rockwell Automation, building the control system, as well as the unit itself.
The AquaCritox plant at Eras Eco will work alongside a new above-ground anaerobic digestor, which will be used for the enhanced treatment of bio solids. The methane gas produced from the system will be used to produce electricity for use on site through a combined heat and power generator. Eras Eco’s investment in environmentally friendly technology at the Youghal site is set to create ten new full-time jobs as well as approximately 20 jobs during the construction and installation phase.