The City of Calgary and Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. have recently announced a new cooperation agreement, by way of an MoU, regarding the future transformation of The City’s sewage sludge and other urban generated bio-organic wastes for the production of sustainable biofuels such as renewable diesel or jet fuel.

The proposed project will be a collaborative effort towards sustainable practices, the elimination of contaminants contained in sewage sludge, such as spent pharmaceuticals and microplastics, as well as advancing cleantech in Calgary. Upon concluding final arrangements with The City and the approval from Steeper’s board of directors, the project could break ground in early 2021.

Currently, development is ongoing at Steeper’s pilot plant in Denmark. The new plant will be North America’s first demonstration of Steeper’s proven Hydrofaction® technology – a patented thermo-chemical process that converts bio-organic wastes (including sewage sludge, food, or forestry wastes) into renewable biofuels. In addition to biofuel production, the process converts and eliminates wastewater contaminants such as microplastics and pharmaceuticals and isolates heavy metals. Hydrofaction® allows for the capture of beneficial nutrients from sewage such as phosphorus and nitrogen, which can later be made available for other beneficial reuse as fertilizer.

Read the full press release here: