Conventional soil remediation methods, such as thermal desorption involve physical or chemical reactions to alter the physical properties of the soil for control of contaminant. These methods are costly and require the disposal of the resource, taking up space in landfills.
This technology relates to a microbial formulation that has proven efficacy to treat petroleum polluted soil in the tropics. The bioaugmentation technology developed involves the addition of chemical-degrading microorganisms to the contaminated sites (e.g., oil spills) to remove the pollutant, allowing repurpose of the land, soil, and water. The process is environmentally friendly, highly portable and does not require deployment of large machinery on-site. The soil after treatment is compliant to the current United States Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) and Australian standards (below 1,000 ppm Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH)) with proven efficacy to work in tropical climates.
The technology provider is looking for collaboration for large-scale testing and deployment, or partners to test the feasibility of the treated soil for farming purposes and develop formulation for soil rehabilitation for farming and food production.
The bioaugmentation uses locally sourced microbial strains, optimised for climate conditions in Southeast Asia and the tropics. The technology involves the addition of chemical-degrading microorganisms.
The non-genetically modified, non-pathogenic, and non-toxic formulated product can be stored in air-conditioned facilities (25oC) for up to 100 days.
Contaminated soil and groundwater (mainland and offshore locations) Wastewater Treatment Plants and tanks Non-centralized ground water treatment
This technology is mainly applied for soil remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, but can be extended to the following applications: