Pasteurization Technology Group Wins Katerva’s 2012 Materials & Resources Award
Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) is pleased to announce that it has won the 2012 Katerva Materials & Resources Award for its patented wastewater disinfection technology that generates renewable energy. The internationally recognized Katerva Award is known as the “Nobel Prize of Sustainability.” PTG was selected the overall winner in the Materials and Resources category of the Katerva Awards, beating out eight other phenomenal ideas and technologies from countries that included Brazil, India, the Philippines, Sweden and the United States.
“We are deeply honored to have won the Katerva Materials & Resources Award for our sustainable wastewater disinfection technology,” said Greg Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Pasteurization Technology Group. “This award confirms why many businesses and municipalities are attracted to our chemical-free approach to wastewater disinfection that also generates renewable energy. Our technology is generating both environmental and economic benefits to our customers in municipal wastewater treatment plants, and has immediate applications in the agriculture, food and beverage industries.”
The Katerva Awards shine a global spotlight on the world’s most promising sustainability ideas and serve as a means to gather together the world’s best sustainability innovators. The Katerva Awards are the pinnacle of global sustainability recognition. Through them, the best ideas on the planet are identified, refined and accelerated toward impact at a global level. Katerva Award nominees undergo a rigorous evaluation process. The practical, strategic, scientific, social and commercial aspects of each project are thoroughly analyzed through a meticulous 10-month review process. More than 800 individuals (including Nobel Prize winners in science as well as former heads of state) participated in the nominee identification and adjudication process, including six filtering phases and twelve stages of focused review.
According to Terry Waghorn, founder and CEO of Katerva, “Today’s unprecedented challenges require a new kind of organization, one that optimizes the world’s unprecedented interconnectedness, prioritizes action, and systematically taps the most innovative ideas on the planet. Katerva is that organization: designed to convene, catalyze and accelerate breakthrough solutions to global challenges.”
PTG has received an enthusiastic welcome from both municipal water and industrial customers since it launch last year. The company recently secured a contract with the California town of Graton to replace its chlorine-based wastewater treatment system with PTG’s patented wastewater disinfection system, which can process more than 500,000 gallons per day while reducing Graton’s energy costs by over 50 percent. Additionally, PTG successfully completed the evaluation phase of a large project with City of Ventura in Southern California. Ventura plans to transition its existing wastewater treatment plant to PTG’s safe, non-toxic, sustainable technology, replacing the chlorine-based disinfection process currently in use at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility. PTG recently announced plans to expand its market focus to include the agricultural processing, food processing, brewing, and soft-drink sectors.
Pasteurization Technology Group Selected By The Artemis Project As 2012 Top 50 Water Company
Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG), is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by The Artemis Project™ for the 2012 Artemis Water Tech Top 50 Listing™. The Artemis Top 50™ award was bestowed on PTG at the Cleantech Group Water Innovation Summit 2012, the annual gathering of “blue-tech” thought leaders and innovators.
“The Artemis Top 50 is the water industry’s benchmark for innovation that will matter. It identifies the new solutions that will meet the world’s water challenges,” stated Laura Shenkar, Chair of the Artemis Top 50. “The Top 50 includes some of the most promising startups in the emerging high-tech wave in water.”
PTG was selected by a jury that included experts from corporations such as Archer Daniels Midland, IBM, Intel, Ecolab and Syngenta, as well as Carollo Engineers, CH2M Hill, McKinsey, and Singapore’s Public Utilities Board.
“Being chosen as an Artemis Top 50 Water company is an exceptional endorsement by industry experts who are extremely close to the challenges posed by global water scarcity,” said Greg Ryan, CEO and co-founder of PTG. “This is a tremendous honor and will help us spread the word about how chemical-free wastewater disinfection with renewable energy has numerous applications around the world.”
Popular Science Best of What’s New Award
Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG), the only wastewater disinfection process that creates renewable energy, has received a 2011 “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science magazine and is profiled in the December issue. PTG won the award in the Green Tech category.
PTG is the first and only company in the world to combine wastewater disinfection with renewable-energy generation. PTG’s patented technology utilizes the digester gas (often referred to as biogas, a natural by-product of wastewater treatment) as fuel to drive a turbine that generates renewable electricity. The hot exhaust air from the turbine (energy that is typically wasted) is then passed through a series of heat exchangers that increase the temperature of the wastewater to a level that disinfects the wastewater stream.
By solving two problems for the price of one, PTG’s technology is significantly more cost-effective and more energy-efficient than other methods. Unlike other wastewater disinfection approaches, PTG’s systems do not require toxic chemicals such as chlorine or costly electrical power and expensive lamps in the case of UV. PTG’s robust technology is a timely solution for municipal wastewater treatment facilities, many of which are at capacity and preparing for increasingly stringent water-quality regulations. The company is also experiencing strong demand from the food, beverage, and oil & gas industries.
“For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what’s possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners – chosen from among thousands of entrants – represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”
“We believe that two of the most important problems facing the planet over the next 100 years will be water and energy – scarce resources that require innovative approaches to maximize re-use and harness renewable energy,” said Greg Ryan, co-founder and CEO of Pasteurization Technology Group. “We are thrilled that Popular Science has bestowed this award on PTG as it confirms the fantastic response we have been getting from customers across multiple industries.”
PTG Wins the BlueTech Best “Go to Market” Strategy Award
Pasteurization Technology Group participated in this year’s Blue Tech Forum held in San Francisco, CA on June 1, 2011. This conference entitled “Mapping the Innovation Landscape in Water Technologies” focused on the pressures of water scarcity, rising energy costs and population growth.
The Blue Tech Forum highlighted advanced technologies and market trends which are addressing real-world water challenges. Approximately 18 companies, including PTG, were invited to speak at the conference which focused on new technologies that address these critical water issues.
At the end of the conference, the attendees voted for the companies that had the most disruptive technology as well as the Best “Go to Market” Strategy. PTG was voted by its selection as the water company with the Best “Go to Market” Strategy. Greg Ryan, Jr, PTG’s co-founder and CEO, presented for the company and graciously received the award.