Townsville Enterprise is delighted to announce a transformational project that will enable sustainable growth of agriculture and aquaculture industries in North Queensland while reducing pollution of the Great Barrier Reef.
RegenAqua is homegrown, world leading technology pioneered by world leader James Cook University (JCU) in partnership with Pacific Biotechnologies Pty Limited (PacBio), an innovative 100% Australian owned company.
High levels of nitrogen and phosphorous are currently being discharged into rivers and Great Barrier Reef waters from aquaculture and from municipal wastewater facilities.
RegenAqua uses sunlight to convert these nutrients into macroalgae (seaweed) which is then processed into a biostimulant to replace conventional fertilisers. The benefits are cleaner water, further aquaculture expansion and growth in sustainable agriculture.
The system was developed as a solution to reduce nutrient discharge on PacBio’s aquaculture assets, however highly successful trials at Cleveland Bay and more recently at the Burdekin Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) have proven the technology as an effective, low cost, scalable solution for all Councils.
Successful trials have been conducted at Townsville’s Cleveland Bay sewerage treatment plant (STP) with published results showing a total Nitrogen reduction of 36% to 2mg/L, and a total phosphorus reduction of 65% to 0.3mg/L, and a highly successful small-scale pilot is already successfully operating in the Burdekin Shire.