International Markets

Biotechnology Solutions with a Global Reach

Ecological Laboratories’ biotechnology is known worldwide not only to municipal, agricultural and industrial wastewater operators but also to broader market sectors for the treatment of turf, ponds, aquariums, hydroponic, agriculture, aquaculture and almost all other aquatic ecosystems.

The words “environmental sustainability” have been in Ecological’s vocabulary for over 44 years.  Since 1976 we have been serving international markets from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and to the furthest reaches of Asia and Africa with solutions that benefit the need for sustainable environmental practice.  Our proprietary technology and methodology is proven to improve and enhance sustainable cycles of waste to energy and waste to value added functionality in the energy and agricultural sectors.

Growth in International Markets

Global data indicates that Bioremediation Market revenue is projected to reach 186 billion dollars at a compounded annual growth rate of 7.7%, forecasted to 2028. This significant trend is a result of increasing public awareness and concern for the health and safety of the environment and the appreciation of bioremediation techniques that represent the factors promoting the growth of the bioremediation, restoration and sustainability marketplace.

Ecological Laboratories’ international network of distributors and environmental remediation experts are ready to serve communities globally… anywhere that water, soil, and agricultural waste is in need of biological remediation, restoration and maintenance. Ecological Laboratories has the solution.

The market revenues for environmental bio-solutions in Asia are outpacing all other regions at a projected 9.8% annual growth rate. Because of increased industrialization, and urban population growth, serious environmental damage to water and soil has presented challenges more suited to the use of all natural bioremediation techniques. Ecological Laboratories maintains a long established presence in the Asia Pacific region through the demonstration of our superior microbial formulations and their ability to restore aquatic ecosystems to natural conditions.

Ecological Laboratories has been on the frontlines of open water and river restoration in China, Vietnam, S. Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Singapore and The Philippines. The restoration of rivers, retention ponds, lagoons and aquatic systems for the growth of fish and shrimp proved to be successful hallmark projects that have established our reputation in the market.

Ecological Asia Pte Ltd, with offices and warehousing facilities located in Singapore is our hub to the Asia Pacific Market. Ecological Asia’s executive management along with a team of in-field experts in wastewater, aquaculture, agriculture, and ecosystem restoration have executed the highest levels of performance achievable in these sectors. This is primarily due to the inspiration and leadership of our Asia business partner Mr. Goh Kwang Beng, who is responsible for our Asia operations. Mr. Goh, through his own experience and expertise has advanced the reputation of Ecological Laboratories’ Microbe-Lift® Technology through ongoing field trials that result in the development of unique environmental solutions that have revolutionized the way polluted rivers, lakes, and farm waste can be rehabilitated by introducing select microbial formulations.

In Europe bioremediation is becoming more recognized to be a safe, effective, low-cost and environmentally friendly alternative for sustainable remediation of water and soil contaminated by various pollutants. Ecological Laboratories has over recent decades successfully initiated bioremediation projects in many European countries. Ecological Laboratories does this through close collaboration and coordination with local authorities and our team of environmental experts to implement the biological treatment process using our naturally occurring microbial consortiums to eliminate, attenuate, and recycle contaminants to nonhazardous elements such as carbon dioxide, water, inorganics and microbial biomass.

 

Our successes in Denmark and Holland reinforce Ecological Laboratories’ reputation as the provider of environmental solutions that bring both private and municipal bodies of water back to pristine natural conditions.  In Ireland our technology is used to biologically improve methane generation in anaerobic digesters as a sustainable energy solution while at the same time enhancing agricultural practices that improve fertilizer values for field crops.  Ecological Laboratories has been committed to providing “full cycle farming” and “farm waste” solutions for over 44 years, as well as dynamic solutions to most other environmental problems.

Radar Scanning of the Lake at Havreballe Skovvej, Aarhus, October 2017.

The bio-augmentation process in this case was extremely cost effective as approximately 210 tons of sludge was biologically removed without the expense of dredging and hauling.  This is based on an average sludge depth reduction of 5 cm.

Figure above shows the depth map of the lake in October, and you immediately get the same impression of the map for June that the lake is flat-bottomed with very low water level.

The change in volume is between 5 and 8 cm. The 5 cm is perhaps a conservative estimate, while 8 cm is a possible, more average estimate

Lakes in the First Botanical Garden at Marselisborg Castle, Aarhus

 

Visual results are all that is needed to prove the effectiveness of Ecological Laboratories Microbe-Lift microbial consortiums for eliminating green water events and harmful organics from lakes and ponds.

June, 2018

September, 2018

The current state of the Bioremediation market in many Latin American countries is driven by decades of pollution by agrochemicals, industrial waste, farm waste, and little to no municipal wastewater infrastructure.  Ecological Laboratories employs a system of multidisciplinary methods based on the experience of a diverse group of researchers, technicians, engineers, and PhD level microbiologists with the goal of solving pollution problems in Latin America. Ecological Laboratories works closely with its network of in-field technical experts within the Global Marketplace to satisfy the goals of its clientele while adhering to all natural biological and environmentally sustainable solutions.

 

Our successes in Latin America range from increasing the efficiencies of anaerobic digesters in Colombia.  Reducing difficult to degrade organics such as fats oils and greases from rendering plants in Guatemala.  In Panama, Ecological Laboratories has restored the wastewater systems in dairy and beverage facilities.  Our technologies are well known in the Agro Market for composting and farm waste management in poultry, swine, and cattle operations in Honduras and other countries in Latin America.

Rendering Plant, Palin, Guatemala

The facility is a rendering plant, utilizing a limited waste water system. The basic design has a cooling tower, from which the water passes through a grease trap and then into an aeration tower. The water is then discharged into a series of three small lagoons, with a retention time that is calculated to be between 10 and 15 days based on a system volume of 110,000 gallons in the tanks and lagoons and the flow which was believed to vary between 6,857and 11,428 gallons per day.

The plant operator contacted the in-market representitves of Ecological Laboratories Inc. to determine if bioaugmentation could lower the effluent COD to avoid the need to expand their system.

The local regulations had targeted a 50% reduction by 2014 and an additional 50% reduction by 2024 for every facility in the river basin.

From the initial application of MICROBE-LIFT®/IND, the effluent COD was reduced by 74% while the effluent BOD was reduced by 86%. (See chart below)

Parameter Influent Effluent (April 1) Effluent (June 6)
COD mg/l 6,290 1,420 363
BOD mg/l 5,700 1,140 164
Improvement 74% 86%

Based on the first 5 weeks of the plan, treatment with MICROBE-LIFT®/IND was able to meet the 2024 goals without any further capital investment, while eliminating odor.

These pictures taken on 5/22/09 (above) and 7/1/09 (below) show the improved condition of three lagoons after

 

The Eco Plant of Coca Cola, San Salvador

This Coca Cola bottling plant added a new bottling line that doubled its production that, in turn, doubled the organic loading to its activated sludge waste treatment plant.

This plant needed a quick solution to address increased treatment demand. They proceeded to make several source control changes in the facility to reduce organic loading but these changes were not sufficient to handle the demand and the average effluent COD remained over 2000 mg/l as opposed to a regulation guide of 450 mg/l.

Bio-augmentation with MICROBE-LIFT® technology was a logical solution. Ecological Laboratories Inc. is the developer and manufacturer of MICROBE-LIFT® technology.

Results were immediate. MICROBE-LIFT® was introduced to the system as recommended and within two weeks, the plant was operating within the regulation requirement. After three weeks the effluent was below 50 mg/l COD on a regular basis. Even when there was a spike in influent COD, MICROBE-LIFT® was able to bring the effluent back into compliance very quickly.

The Eco Plant of Nixapa Coca Cola has experienced much success with the utilization of the MICROBE-LIFT® bacteria. In the photograph is the gentleman in the white shirt, Ing. Danilo Juárez, Head of plant maintenance, and Ing. Roberto Calderón Avelar,, Director of PRYEASA de C.V., the exclusive representatives for MICROBE-LIFT® technology in El Salvador.

“We have increased the efficiency of our activated sludge system to more than 90% with the use of MICROBE-LIFT., in conjunction with a reduction of organic loading to the system as well as the application of a heavy weight flocculent. The efficiency levels now being attained have never before been achieved with the use of other bacterial products in our treatment process.”
….… Danilo Juarez, Head of plant maintenance