Develop Your Wastewater Treatment Strategy Concurrently with Commercial Process Development: Don’t Let Wastewater Treatment Derail Your Project
By Bob Hickey, PhD
Typically, the development of a new commercial process occurs in a linear fashion; develop the commercial process and once that is complete, look at how to manage the process residuals, including waste solids and wastewater. This model has been successfully used for decades, but is it the optimal way? Increasingly, commercial process development includes a minimal water footprint and sustainability. There is a strong case to develop the water management system in conjunction with the commercial process. It makes good economic sense compared to the typical linear process development approach.