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ORGANICA HQ

Our company headquarters are located in Downtown Budapest in a


historic building

ORGANICA LAB
The research laboratory is in the same building as our headquarters and it is a
key part of developing and improving upon our technology.

ORGANICA PEOPLE
Organica is a group of professionals who stand behind environmental sustainability.
Our team is an assemblage of employees from various fields of expertise who
contribute and integrate experiences to comprise a broad, yet specialized and
unique knowledge community.

ORGANICA HQ
The design of the office, like our treatment plants, includes a jungle of
plants that add to a comfortable, open work environment.

A LITTLE HISTORY
And long before Organica existed, the toilet was
always located away from the home as an unclean
place.

A LITTLE HISTORY
And wastewater treatment has always been
on the outskirts of town with huge networks
to carry the water large distances.

Existing Today Centralized Plants


These large, centralized facilities negatively impact the
neighborhoods in which they are located.

Existing Today Centralized Plants


They take up a lot of space, use a lot of
concrete, and are odor-producing.

Existing Today Centralized Plants


Centralized WWTPs are very large, spread out, and
impact hectares of valuable land.

Existing Today Centralized Plants


Prime sea-side real estate is ruined by a large, centralized
wastewater treatment plant.

Existing Today Centralized Plants


More importantly, these huge facilities require huge
networks to carry the water to and from the source, making
wastewater reuse very difficult.

An Organica Treatment Plant

This is the inside of an Organica wastewater treatment plant, much different from its
traditional counterparts. In addition to the plants, note the tanks (barely visible, but
extending 4-5 meters into the ground) with the greenhouse above.

DEFINITION

4th GENERATION WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT:

TRADITIONAL WATER ENGINEERING AND


NEWEST ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

Traditional technologies improved with ecological engineering principles. In addition to its


unique appearance, these new elements also ensure a higher treatment efficiency.

COMPONENTS OF ORGANICA TECHNOLOGY


The reactors are much the same as those found in traditional biological systems
with the main difference being the plants and their roots hanging into the
wastewater. It is not the plants that do the treating of the wastewater; rather, the
organisms
that colonize within the root system.
OPEN AEROBIC
REACTOR

Open water
surface

Mesh
supporting
the plants

Activated
sludge in
suspention

+ OVER 3000
SPECIES

Plants on the
supporting
mesh

Root zone as
fixed film
substrate

Fine bubble
aeration

THE CREW
COMPLEX ECOSYSTEM

BACTERIA
PROTOZOA
WORMS (Nematodes,
Rotatoria)
SNAILS
MUSSELS
CRAYFISH
PLANTS
FISH

COOPERATION OF
OVER 3000 SPECIES

The other major difference of the Organica concept is the number of


species and their level of advancement from single cell organisms all
the way up complex invertebrates...

FISH
to fish at the end of the process. Here the fish are shown swimming in a small
pond of treated effluent. Fish can be a great indicator species for good water
quality, and a good demonstration within the wastewater treatment plant.

ORGANICA CASCADE

This is a continuous flow design. As the water flows through the various reactors, different ecologies
develop in each reactor. In the beginning of the treatment line those species will thrive which are
accustomed to high nutrient and ammonia concentrations and towards end those which actively
hunt for food. The reactors are followed by a traditional clarifier and final polishing depending on
what the treatment requirements are. Natural biofilters prevent the escape of bad odors.

MUNICIPALITY OF TELKI
Here is one of our facilities in a wealthy suburb of Budapest. The greenhouse does not
negatively impact the landscape, and is an economical structure which provides perfect
conditions for the ecosystem inside. It comes with efficient, automated climate control devices
and is easy to maintain.

PLANTS
The plants are selected based on their root structure, root mass and adaptation
to cool temperatures in winter months. Approx. 40 species of locally available
plants are used.

SNAILS
The small black dots on the white pipe are snails; they eat sludge-forming bacteria,
naturally reducing costly sludge wastes, transforming mass to energy as they move,
reproduce and live their lives within the reactors.

MUNICIPAL
Organicas primary target market is municipal wastewater ranging in the 5000
to 50000 Person Equivalent service bracket.

POULTRY PROCESSING PLANT


Where industrial wastewater is of organic origin, such as food or beverage processing, the
Organica solution is an appropriate technology. Here is a poultry processing plant in
Hungary.

ROOT SURFACE HABITAT FOR ECOLOGY


Over 12 000 m2/m3
specific root surface

It is often misunderstood that plants actively do the treatment. Rather, they


provide roots, an ideal and extremely efficient substrate on which bacteria can
settle and thrive, keeping a healthy population in the reactors at all times.

CROSS-SECTION OF A ROOT

The photo on the top left and on the right is a microscopic close-up of a root crosssection. The root is alive, and as enzymes come and go metabolic processes take place
through and near the root surface. This provides for a healthier and better sticking
biofilm. As roots transfer oxygen as well, less aeration therefore less energy is necessary
during operation. Also note in the lower left picture the artificial media utilized in addition
to the roots. These provide important additional habitat for the organisms.

REMOVAL EFFICIENCY
BOD5 concentration
600

Bioligcal Oxygen Demand (BOD)5 REMOVAL

(mg/l)

6 mg/l

500

400

INPUT:aver = 224 mg/l


OUTPUT: aver = 6 mg/l

300

200

100

Months

This chart shows influent and effluent BOD data collected over one year, and
demonstrates that even with huge fluctuations in influent water quality, effluent parameters
remain constant. A broader ecosystem is more robust and responds well to these types of
unexpected fluctuations.

XENOBIOTIC REMOVAL EFFICIENCY


100%

Activated
Sludge

90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%

ibuprofen

naproxen

diclofenac

Recent research is showing that the broader ecology also is better at removing emerging
contaminants such as medicines which are increasingly showing up in water resources.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The broad ecology, and living substrate of the roots also reduced energy footprint
particularly as the treatment plant size increases. The chart shows that a 5000m3 treatment
plant can be up to 40% more efficient than an Activated Sludge counterpart.

TYPICAL TREATMENT RANGE


Parameters (mg/l )

Influent
mg/l

Effluent
mg/l

COD

12.000 // 1.500

<45

BOD

6.000 // 1.000

<10

TSS

250

<10

TN

110

<10

Kjeldahl N

110

<3

NH4-N

110

<0,5

TP[1]

15

<0,5

[1] In case the TP concentration in the effluent is required to be lower than 2 mg/l chemical precipitation
ie. metal salts are to be applied as a supplementary for biological phosphorus removal.

This table shows typical influent and effluent parameters for the treatment plants.
Should requirements be different, those can be easily met by incorporating

EXAMPLES HARBOR PARK, BUDAPEST

Here is an example where a developer had only 40 hectares of land and was
required to provide wastewater treatment for an entire industrial park near the
Danube River
HARBOR PARK

HARBOR PARK 350m3 a day for 3500 Employees


The greenhouse wastewater treatment plant was an ideal solution for this limited
space as it is compact, and tenants easily tolerate being right next to it, eliminating the
need for a large, wasteful land buffer between the plant and the nearest building.

HARBOR PARK INTERIOR


Here is what the Harbor Park wastewater treatment plant
looks like on the inside.

HARBOR PARK DETAILS

PLANTS GROWTH
This is the size of the plants soon after they are installed; they grow quickly
under the ideal conditions found in the greenhouse. Excess growth is
removed, composted and recycled into the garden surrounding the
treatment plant. Within 6 months, they are fully grown.

MUNICIPALITY OF KISVEJKE
This reference shows a simple, standard greenhouse design.

MUNICIPALITY OF LENGYEL

Here is another example of a standard greenhouse design,


providing an economical solution for the enclosure.

MUNICIPALITY OF TEVEL-ZVOD

ORGANICA FBR

The Organica FBR Combines the advantages of the Cascade and an SBR system:
Parallel reaction phases of continuous cascade systems; simple, flexible and high
speed biodegradation processes.

ORGANICA HYBRID (FBR)

This is a typical layout of an Organica plant. We very much focus on a compact


design and keep everything inside the walls. 1000 m3/d plant fits into 420m2
footprint.

MUNICIPALITY OF TELKI
Telki is the richest city in Hungary. In the background are newly built houses, some
of which cost around half a million euros with a view to the greenhouse. As the
city expands outwards, villages previously considered as outskirts slowly become
new city-centers.

LE LUDE, FRANCE
These are the architectural drawings for a 815 m3/d municipal wastewater treatment
plant in France. In the upper row is a solution with a solar sludge dryer system
(SOLIA), while in the lower part there is the Organica greenhouse instead of the AS
basins. There is a noticeable difference in footprint size.

CAF ON A LAKE OF TREATED WATER


In this concept, the developer designed a caf right next to the treatment plant. The lake
is the treated water effluent.

MUNICIPALITY OF TELKI

This is the interior of the Telki wastewater treatment plant


reference shown in previous slides.

MUNICIPALITY OF ETYEK

Another Organica plant in Etyek, Hungary.

MUNICIPALITY OF ETYEK
Inside the Etyek treatment plant.

PROCESS CONTROL
Behind the complex ecology a sophisticated process control system is
utilized. The treatment plants are connected to the internet and Organica
process engineers can remotely monitor the operations from anywhere
around the world.

BARZKOWICE TREATMENT PLANT IN POLAND

This is an operating example in Poland.

BARZKOWICE
This is a slightly different design where the reactors are built
with locally prefabricated concrete rings.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Wherever these treatment plants are built educational programs are
organized by schools and NGOs as it is very unusual to find such a complex
ecology in such a small space in the service of our civilization

ORGANICA AND THE POLITICIANS


AND FOR THE COMMUNITY ITSELF
Local community leaders are usually very supportive of the Organica
solution with its green, positive, image, and necessary service to the
community..

SHENZHEN, CHINA

An operating Organica reference in Shenzhen China. This is agood


example how these treatment pants can be incorporated into the
urban landscape.

75 000 PE, XIAN, CHINA


Here is an example of a plant to be built in Xi'an, in which 6 reaction trains will be used to
meet the demand capacity for 75000 people there.

XIAN China 15,000 cubic meters capacity / 75,000 pe


Architectural rendering of the proposed wastewater treatment plant.

XIAN, CHINA
Here is another rendering of the same treatment plant from ground-level.

RETROFIT 80 000 M/DAY


The technology is very suitable for up-grading existing treatment plants. The addition of
the broader ecology can intensify the treating capacity of the overburdened wastewater
facility.
The design of a retrofit for one of Budapests major wastewater facilities is under way.

RETROFIT

Here is an architectural concept of the retrofit project which is very close


to active city neighborhoods.

VEOLIA CAMPUS
Here is a rendering of a proposed Organica treatment plant for our French partner,
at their campus location.

VEOLIA CAMPUS

VEOLIA CAMPUS

Organicas Design Concept


Greenhouses have always been an important part of modern cities.

Organicas Design Concept


Our design concept of the greenhouse provides the same effect as all urban greenhouses yet
beneath the garden is a completely innovative wastewater treatment technology.

Organicas Design Concept


Here is our vision of the future of wastewater management, with each
wastewater treatment plant completely integrated into

Complete Integration into Urban Fabric


the city landscape. Treating the water at the source makes possible its reuse;
the treated water can be sent back to the buildings nearby, without the need for
kilometers of new pipes. This will indeed be the future of wastewater treatment.
We believe the Organica solution has created a vehicle with which to deliver this
new reality.

Thank you for your attention!