Fluence Corporation (ASX: FLC) has secured a binding agreement with China-based Qingshiuyuan Environmental Company to build and operate its first smart packaged, commercial containerised wastewater treatment plant, using its containerised MABR technology, in China’s Henan Province.
The MABR technology uses self-respiring membrane aerated biofilm (MABR) reactors to treat sewerage. The technology employs passive aeration to provide simultaneous nitrification and denitrification. Additionally, the technology is scalable and allows for localised water reuse.
Unlike typical activated sludge methods, the MABR process requires up to 90% less energy and is, therefore, more cost effective.
According to Fluence, its containerised MABR is modular and quick to install, offering wastewater treatment for small villages through to resort hotels.
The technology meets Class 1A effluent standards, has lower operating costs and reduced maintenance requirements.
As part of the agreement with Qingshiuyuan Environmental Company, Fluence will design, building and operate a 300,000 litre per day containerised MABR plant in Luoyang City in the Henan Province.
Fluence will manufacture the plant at its production facility in Jiangsu Province, China.
Qingshiuyuan Environmental Company will integrate Fluence’s system into its overall wastewater treatment plant and construct a village collection system.
The system is expected to be operational by December 2017.
“This project follows the memorandum of understanding entered into with Qingshiuyuan Environmental Company in May this year and reinforces our belief that customers in China are increasingly interested in our low-energy, high efficiency MABR wastewater treatment solutions,” Fluence chief executive officer and managing director Henry Charrabe said.
“This project is part of the long-term cooperation agreement that covers Henan, Xinjiang and Sichuan provinces,” Mr Charrabe added.
“It demonstrates that our business model to provide full designed, smart packaged plants rather than merely MABR modules alone is well positioned to capitalise on the enormous market opportunity in China, where the total revenue potential four our MABR solutions for the rural market in Henan Province, alone, is estimated at over US$1 billion.”
According to the company, Qingshiuyuan Environmental Company’s three provinces could result in US$2.6 billion in rural wastewater treatment sales over the next five years.
Shares in Fluence rose more than 4% in the first 30 minutes of trade on news of the contract.