$341K for Ontario cleantech

ENPAR snags provincial funding for ammonia treatment system

August 25, 2011

GUELPH, Ont.—An Ontario cleantech company is receiving $341,644 from the province to advance a new waste water treatment process.

ENPAR Technologies Inc. has facilities in Cambridge and Guelph, Ont. The company has developed a treatment called the AmmEL System.

The patented, modular demonstration unit treats about 100,000 litres of waste water per day while converting ammonia in municipal wastewater to nitrogen.

Conventional treatment methods convert the ammonia to nitrate, a toxin typically discharged into water. Contamination can cause human and environmental damage.

The AmmEL System removes ammonia to levels below provincial and federal government cut-offs without producing nitrous oxide, unlike conventional biological treatment methods.

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s funding will go towards conducting final tests of the system, which is currently installed at the city of Guelph’s waste water treatment plant.

ENPAR will design, manufacture, and assemble the system at its facilities in Guelph and Cambridge.

Work will get under way in late fall this year, while the operational and analysis phases of the project will go on until spring 2012.

The project is expected to create 14 direct jobs.