Today we’re happy to announce that BioLargo Water Canada has been awarded $235,000 CAD from the Canadian Government’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to fund our first on-site pilot project.
You can read our official press release about this pivotal milestone here.
As many of you know, BioLargo’s Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) has, through the past fewyears of development, been transformed from a tiny beaker-sized proof-of-concept device to a full-fledged pre-commercial “Alpha” prototype. Building a prototype like this is a crucial step in taking an innovative product to market, but it’s not sufficient alone.
Another big part of the equation is the need for commercial pilots, where the product is tested in a real field environment against real-world industrial challenges. Naturally, we have been working hard to establish these commercial pilot projects for our AOS.
Now, we’re pleased to say we have been awarded significant financial support from NRC-IRAP to fund our first commercial pilot, and have secured an industrial poultry processing client partner on whose site our pilot AOS will be installed. This commercial pilot, which is planned to take place throughout 2018 and early 2019, will see the AOS installed on-site at a Canadian poultry producer’s processing facility, where its ability to reliably and cost-effectively treat poultry wastewater will be demonstrated exhaustively.
This is an important step for our AOS technology, as well as for our company. We are confident in our disruptive water treatment technology and have proven its treatment capabilities in the lab ad nauseum. However, a pilot project for the AOS, as with any technology, is crucial to prove its reliability to industry stakeholders as well the capital cost and operating costs of our technology at-scale. These data will be critical to pave the way for future market adoption. And, as you might imagine, we have many other pilots in evaluation.