Our research and development is expanding to include these areas of concern:
Treating AMD waste water
Nitrate and Phosphorous removal in treatment plants
Removal of phenols
Treating coffee washing organics
We are currently taking our technology from laboratory settings into full size field trials for:
• Rehabilitation of AMD tailing ponds and fine tuning the various dosage rates for different heavy metal issues.
• Nitrate and Phosphorous removal in municipal treatment plants and fine tuning the dosage rates for various systems and the reduction of polymer use.
Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) or Acid Rock Drainage (ARD)
photo Dr Pierre Fanan working with AMD Field Trial 2018
Mine drainage is formed when pyrite, an iron sulfide, is exposed and reacts with air and water to form sulfuric acid and dissolved iron. Some or all of this iron can precipitate to form the red, orange, or yellow sediments in the bottom of streams containing mine drainage. The acid runoff further dissolves heavy metals such as copper, lead, mercury into ground or surface water.
There are several issues with abandoned mines that impact water quality:
• acid mine drainage (the most prevalent)
• alkaline mine drainage (this typically occurs when calcite or dolomite is present)
• metal mine drainage (high levels of lead or other metals drain from these abandoned mines)
4 Major Areas Negatively Impacted by Acid Mine/ Acid Rock Drainage
Collection of Biogases
Demonstration Calgary 2018 - photo AZ media
Time lapse video with control bottle on the right and the bottle on the left with Acti-Zyme application.
Increased digestion and biogas after only 3 hours
video by Jonathan Lee
Nitrate & Phosphorous Removal
Calgary 2018 - photo AZ media
A live demonstration showing the changes in waste water with reduction in phosphorous from 24 mg/L to .24 mg/L in a period of 2 hours.
November 23/2018 Dr. Pierre Fanfan
Coffee Water Pollution
Coffee Plantation Lagoon - Costa Rica 2018 photo by Jay Lundy
The process of ‘washing’ coffee is a large area of concern in the tropical regions where coffee is mostly grown. The mucilage is so loaded with sugars and pectin that the viscous wastewater is referred to in Spanish as “agua miel,” or “honey water.” The sugars and pectin in the water are fermenting into acetic acid when they are released into local waterways, where they can only be broken down by oxygen in the water. But the amount of oxygen needed to break down pollutants in the wastewater – referred to as biological oxygen demand, or BOD – is so high that it exceeds the natural ability of rivers and streams to purify the coffee wastewater effluents.The resulting waste water from the de-pulping process is very high in organic matter and very acidic.
Full scale trials are currently being organized.
Dr. Pierre Fanfan
Working in partnership with Dr. Pierre FanFan on our various research projects and field trials.
Dr Fanfan is known for his work in the waste water treatment community published on the form of peer-reviewed articles, patents, and tech talks.
Dr. Joo Hwa (Andrew) Tay
Acti-Zyme's biological products are founded through hands on, in the field research and development. We continually search for new cost effective solutions to Global water challenges.
Acti-Zyme has partnered with the University of Calgary and Dr. Joo Hwa (Andrew) Tay, to complete third party verification and assistance with new solutions for the waste water sector.