Bionomic biological systems analysis and algorithms, though very complex because of their holistic approach to full bio-life-cycle analysis, can be expressed in simplified terms of inputs and outputs.
Bionomics have their systems, subsystems and functional groups that are interlinked and interact. Just like in industrial manufacturing, we can loosely define things in terms of input materials, sub and intermediate products and final outputs.
We have developed detailed definitions and frameworks to reach a predictive model that allows us to quantify outputs in terms of input materials received over time.
The key criteria for an initial evaluation we use to qualify and quantify bionomic wastewater processing systems, subsystems, functional groups, components and their outputs are the same in all cases.
The volume of incoming water, including seasonal storm-waters as well as a few other location based factors allow preliminary assessment for size and layout of the overall system. The associated nutrient loads and incoming organic freight permit calculation of yield potentials for micro-algae produced raw materials, biogas and fertilizer.
While modelling of algae-based raw material production is very specific and done using a proprietary algorithm, theoretical biogas and fertilizer yield potentials based on direct stoichiometric relationships are well documented.
The predictive model associated with our published patent can be used in a multitude of applications from agriculture to homesteads, hotels, lodges, remote communities and cities.
Whether you are looking at a new installation or at upgrading existing municipal wastewater infrastructure, key output potentials are based on the same criteria in all cases an can be quantified as follows:
- Anaerobic digestion can produce ~ 1.25 kWh of energy from every pound of organic freight.
- The micro-algae used to process & ‘remove’ dissolved nutrients can – from the nutrients in every 3000 cubic meters of wastewater processed – produce one barrel of lipids (oil) and just over half a barrel of a mineral rich carbohydrate/protein mash.
- Effluent waters are returned to the environment rehabilitated with a dissolved oxygen content of between six and eight mg/l AND a mineral balance that will stimulate downstream biodiversity.
- CO2 is sequestered directly and used by the micro-algae as primary building block for renewable biomass production.
- GHG & precursor emissions are voided almost completely.
How We Can Help
The Ellenbach Foundation can put you in touch with seasoned professionals, if you are interested in exploring technology potentials for a project you have. Our professionals are familiar with practices in North America, Europe, Caribbean as well as Latin America. They can either prepare for you or assist you with the preparation of a complete socio-economic cost-benefit-revenue analysis.
If you decide to proceed, they can also subsequently assist with project planning, contracting as well as execution oversight.
And…If you have something completely outside the box and would like to consult with us, please do not hesitate to write us as thinking outside the box is one of our specialities and we have the privilege of knowing just the right people who will be able to help.
The easiest way to get in touch with us is by email to: contact [at] ellenbach [dot] org
March 17, 2016