BES Europe designs and implements future-proof and cutting-edge solutions for wastewater monitoring and treatment in collaboration with local communities, stakeholders and experts.
Sustainability has a very specific meaning in the context of wastewater treatment. It means being prepared to operate within the framework of future regulations, maximizing efficiency, and minimizing impact on the environment.
At BES Europe, we take sustainability very seriously. For us it means a complex and specific way of thinking about the impact of future wastewater treatment. Our microbial fuel cell (or shortly MFC) based technology portfolio allows remote and on-site zero power monitoring of the wastewater treatment process supporting operators and authorities to make water treatment way more efficient. Furthermore our large-scale solutions will aid the treatment processes use significantly less energy.
In our vision, wastewater treatment will become an energy-neutral and essential part of the sustainable water cycle using minimal resources.
Wastewater treatment is an energy intensive process, where nearly all steps require significant amount of electricity. Water-energy issues are of growing importance in the context of water shortages, higher energy and material costs, and climate change.
Wastewater treatment plants’ operators have hard time keeping up with changing regulatory and environmental demands as such considerations were not taken into account decades ago, when the facilities were designed and constructed. However, nowadays efficiency and sustainability are increasingly demanded by the operators, owners, policy makers and local communities.
Measurement of usual indicators of wastewater treatment (such as BOD) is a time and effort consuming process with results often delivered 5 days after sampling. This data delivery format does not allow quick reactions by operators; thus the treatment process may not run optimally and efficiently.
MFC based sensors by BES Europe provide real-time monitoring of the treatment process thus data delivered directly to your smartphone or other mobile device makes it possible to adjust the treatment process, or redefine fees for sewage system use based on effluent parameters or even intervene in case of pollution leakage.
Industries with organic effluent or authorities overseeing the wastewater management can also benefit from our solution, not only wastewater treatment plants.
Ageing infrastructures in the urban environment are at the verge of their capacities in Europe. Local and European stakeholders, regulators are demanding more efficient and sustainable technologies. At the same time, lack of basic infrastructures in the developing world call for easy to install and effective solutions.
Large-scale implementation of MFC technology offered by BES Europe for wastewater treatment will increase both efficiency and capacities, at the same time cutting operating costs without increasing the footprint of the given facility.
MFC based products by BES Europe provide the new-generational sensor and treatment technology which allows the required increase in efficiency to meet the demands of today and the challenges of the future.
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Unlike the usual protocols for BOD measurement, MFC-based sensors by BES Europe provide real time and remote monitoring without time and effort consuming lab works. The operation principle of an MFC based sensor is based on the observation that the output current is proportional with the organic content of the wastewater monitored.
MFC-based sensors do not require external power allowing simple deployment and sustainable operations. The output data can be used to optimize the process which may significantly reduce operational costs or to calculate charges for sewage system use.
On a large scale, MFC technology by BES Europe answers the need of modernising ageing infrastructures by reducing the energy use and operational cost due to the anaerobic and direct electricity producing process. MFC technology allows to build sustainable, efficient and low operational cost facilities. Products based on this emerging technology may soon turn wastewater treatment into an energy-neutral and low carbon process.
BES Europe is developing and distributing MFC devices in different scales for wastewater monitoring and wastewater treatment sectors. Our effort is to make BES Europe one of the most experienced partners for MFC applications in Europe and beyond. For this, we are building up an effective company and supplier structure. Next to establishing the base for operation, we are currently focusing on the prototype and product portfolio development in the remote sensors field first, and subsequently in the field of treatment with the involvement of clients.
Prototype 2018 key features
Large scale wastewater treatment units under development: