Pilot plant opened
In May 2011, the Minister for the Environment Hon Dr Nick Smith opened a pilot plant installed at Rotorua District Council’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. This was a milestone event in the thermal oxidation pilot plant has been developed by Scion to trial the process at a level that will provide sufficient data to determine if the technology could work at a full commercial scale. The pilot plant uses thermal deconstruction to “cook” the biosolids (sewage sludge) and break them down into re-useable chemicals and a range of other by products. These can be used for fertilisers or in the production of bioplastics and biofuels.