PRESS RELEASE: Bionetix® Presents Economical Odor Control for English- and Spanish-Speaking Customers!

Bad odors know no language barrier. That is one reason Bionetix® International is pleased to offer updated product data sheets for HYGIEA2200™ in both English and Spanish! This liquid odor control is a powerful biological-blend specifically formulated for large volume accounts. It is an effective and economical path to odor control for hundreds of millions of potential users in the English- and Spanish-speaking market!

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Neutralize and Eliminate Odors

HYGIEA2200™ liquid odor control is a pre-stabilized multiple spore blend that not only masks but also neutralizes and eliminates odor-causing compounds. It does so through a synergistic combination of odor-neutralizing agents, surfactants, bio-strains, nutrients, and stimulants. One of its first actions is to attack and neutralize bad odors. As time goes on, beneficial microorganisms ensure excellent breakdown of starches, carbohydrates, protein, FOG (fats, oils, and greases) and other organic waste so the compounds creating the odors are also destroyed. HYGIEA2200™ leaves behind a fresh mint or custom fragrance; it can also be ordered fragrance-free if odor reduction is the sole purpose.

High Volume Odor Control

HYGIEA2200™ comes in 10X and 20X concentrations, which means a little goes a long way when mixed and diluted in DI water. This is ideal for cleaning supply formulators, who may add it to their own products for an odor-neutralizing boost or dilute it and distribute it as a ready-to-use odor control product for consumer retail. Cleaning services or industries with large scale odor problems may also stock it for their own direct use. Possible uses for HYGIEA2200™ are many!

• Garbage Containers
A natural target for HYGIEA2200™ is odor control in garbage pails, dumpsters, garbage trucks, and landfills. With constant holding or hauling of waste materials, these containers are rife with bad smells that create an unpleasant atmosphere for workers, neighbors, or customers who frequent the area. This can present an especially negative image where shopping centers or restaurants are concerned. Use of HYGIEA2200™ can help improve that image.

• Wastewater Treatment
Unsurprisingly, waste treatment facilities also generate unpleasant odors that sometimes get bad enough to prompt complaints from nearby residents. HYGIEA2200™ can help reduce these odors and promote good public relations by neutralizing odorous chemicals and facilitating the digestion of the organic wastes that cause them.

• Institutional Cleaning Services
Restrooms, laundry facilities, and fitness centers are other areas at risk for bad odors. Custodial service companies can use HYGIEA2200™ to help mitigate the odor problems so patrons have a more pleasant experience. Even carpet cleaners may want to stock HYGIEA2200™ for odor control at the institutions they serve.

Odors are everywhere, but many who suffer from them may not be aware that neutralizing and eliminating—not just masking—them is possible on a large scale with formulations such as HYGIEA2200. Bionetix® hopes to make that solution readily accessible to English- and Spanish speaking customers through its updated data sheets in both languages. Contact Bionetix® to learn more about biological odor control and its availability in various countries.

Keywords: odor control, odor eliminator, neutralize odors, carpet odor eliminator, restroom maintenance, dumpster odors, landfill odor control, bad odors at wastewater treatment facility, Bionetix, how to get rid of bad odors 

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Bionetix® Introduces Paper-Eating Solution to Toilet Paper Clogging!

Excess toilet paper, clogged pipes, overflowing toilets, and bad smells are all too common encounters for those who clean and maintain restrooms. Bionetix® International is working to change that by introducing a revolutionary bio-enzymatic “paper-eating” solution called PAPERATOR!

paper eating solution

The new PAPERATOR contains specialized probiotics and enzymes that efficiently break down cellulose-based materials frequently found in toilet paper, seat covers, and paper towels. This action significantly reduces the risk of paper clogging pipes and sewer systems and leading to expensive plumbing interventions. It also speeds up the overall organic waste digestion process, cutting down on bad odors in the meantime. Better yet, by harnessing the technology of nature, PAPERATOR™ presents a sustainable solution that does not harm plumbing or septic systems. 

PAPERATOR™ is especially suited to use at events and facilities that serve a high density of people. Hotels and resorts, restaurants and cafes, office buildings, event centers, and other locations with public restroom facilities can all benefit from the paper-digesting action of PAPERATOR™ to counteract paper overload from heavy use or improper paper product disposal etiquette.Application is as simple as dissolving a water-soluble pouch of PAPERATOR™ in water and flushing the solution down the toilet once a month.

To show how quickly and effectively PAPERATOR™ works, one Bionetix® distributor filled two jars with water and placed four sheets of pink toilet paper in each. PAPERATOR™ was also added to one of the jars, and the next morning, the water in the treated jar was much clearer with significantly less paper residue. Bionetix® also tested PAPERATOR™ on bathroom tissue, a toilet seat cover, a paper kitchen towel, and pieces of cardboard. After only two hours, the toilet paper and toilet seat cover were almost completely disintegrated. The paper towel had also begun to disintegrate around the edges. After 18 hours, the cardboard sample had started to show digestion and was already separated into smaller parts. Results were expected to continue improving with time. Similar benefits await cleaning professionals and facility owners interested in taking advantage of PAPERATOR in their own restrooms and septic systems. Say goodbye to constant toilet paper clogging by contacting Bionetix® to try PAPERATOR, one of the most cost-effective “paper-eating” products on the market today! 

Keywords: how to dissolve toilet paper clog, toilet paper clog, restroom maintenance, paper clogging toilet, paper clogged drain, paper towels clogging toilet, toilet paper clogging septic tank, Bionetix, dissolve cardboard, dissolve paper towels

*Note: PAPERATOR™ is not intended for treatment of non-biodegradable materials, plastics, or substances that could disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

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PRESS RELEASE: How to ‘Automatically’ Improve Wastewater Treatment Efficiency with BCL6000™!

August 16, 2023

Wastewater Treatment Efficiency with BCL6000

It can be difficult to manage a wastewater treatment plant. Plant upsets may come without warning, and the naturally existing microbial colony may not be able to keep up with sudden influxes of heavy organic loading. Bionetix® International is here to help wastewater treatment plants bring effluent back into healthy balance and keep it that way through the automatic application of its new BCL6000™.

A Convenient Path to Better Wastewater Management

BCL6000™ is a blend of aerobic and facultative anaerobic microorganisms in liquid form. It is effective in degrading many types of waste and is especially convenient for ongoing maintenance because it can be applied by automatic pumping. BCL6000™ improves treatment plant performance while keeping odors, BOD, and foam in check. The main benefits can be summarized as follows:

  • Better effluent quality
  • Lower BOD
  • Fewer unpleasant odors
  • Reduced plant upsets from shocks
  • Improved sludge settling

How BCL6000™ Works

BCL6000™ combines multispore bacteria with free enzymes, nutrients, and a source of oxygen. Together, these components work to enhance the natural biodegradation capabilities of a wastewater treatment environment. Under normal wastewater conditions, standard biological treatment relies on existing microorganisms in the wastewater to digest waste compounds into small particles, biodegrading the effluent until it is safe to be released to the environment. However, sometimes a sudden influx of new waste materials can throw the microbe-to-organics ratio out of balance. This is represented by an increase in BOD (biological oxygen demand), a measure of the amount of oxygen needed to biodegrade the volume of organic waste present. High and low temperatures or limited oxygen can also upset normal wastewater treatment plant processes. Side effects of these problems may include unpleasant odors, foam, and greater sludge buildup over time.

Bioaugmentation and Biostimulation for Costs Savings

BCL6000™ helps bring the system back into balance by adding microbial reinforcements (bioaugmentation) and nutritional supplements (biostimulation) that improve the performance of those microorganisms. For example, enzymes help microorganisms speed up the digestion process. Nutrients encourage healthier microbial growth for more efficient reproduction and biodegradation, increasing the number of microbial “workers” in the wastewater. Having an oxygen source also ensures that the microorganisms can continue working even in low oxygen environments without immediately reverting to the high-odor process of anaerobic digestion. This greater efficiency also translates into less sludge buildup, decreasing the frequency of sludge dredging and saving significant costs.

Automatic Metering in Biological Units

After a plant upset, a shock dose of BCL6000™ is a great way to get the wastewater system back into balance. Thereafter, BCL6000™ is ideal for ongoing maintenance as a liquid product that can be automatically metered into the wastewater. BCL6000™ can be used in aerated, facultative, and anaerobic lagoon systems; trickling filters; rotating biological contactors; aerobic digesters; sequencing batch reactors; moving bed biofilm reactors; and other biological units.

A Reliable Workforce

Wastewater treatment plant management can be a difficult juggling act with many unpredictable and uncontrollable aspects. BCL6000™ can help smooth out those inconsistencies through bioaugmentation and biostimulation. In effect, dosing BCL6000™ is like having a steady stream of efficient workers to keep up with the extra workload. Contact Bionetix® to learn more about this great new bioaugmentation blend for healthy wastewater plants!

Keywords: wastewater treatment, organic loading in wastewater treatment, wastewater treatment plant upset, BOD problems in wastewater, Bionetix, aerobic digestion, wastewater lagoon treatment, how to improve sludge settling, reduce bad odor in wastewater, bioaugmentation

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PRESS RELEASE: Bionetix® International Releases Microbial Powerhouse for Wastewater Treatment!

Bionetix® International is excited to release BCP-EU-FB, a microbial wastewater treatment previously available only to a limited European audience. This synergistic blend of microorganisms is a powerhouse of sludge reducing wastewater treatment efficiency with multiple side benefits for waste treatment around the globe.

Microbial Synergy in Action

BCP-EU-FB™ is a blend of fungi, bacillus spore organisms, and enzymes that are effective in degrading many types of cellulosic and other wastes. This combination of microorganisms produces a synergistic effect, allowing BCP-EU-FB™ to work faster than bacteria alone. In short, using BCPEU-FB™ is similar to having workers on energy drinks, functioning at a high level of efficiency. By speeding up biodegradation, the blend lowers BOD and COD and reduces sludge production and buildup. At the same time, it helps oxidize and reduce malodorous compounds and foaming. BCP-EU-FB™ appears to not only cut down on sludge production but to also decrease the amount of energy used during wastewater processing, making the system more efficient overall.

Where to Use BCP-EU-FB

Because of its powerful characteristics and versatility, BCP-EU-FB™ can be used in a variety of wastewater applications, the most common being wastewater lagoons. However, it is also applicable to aerobic digesters, sequencing batch reactors (SBR), and moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBR). A common application is treatment of wastewater from food processing. It is also suited to industrial wastewaters that contain a high amount of fibers and are suffering from high levels of BOD, COD, sludge, or foam.

When to Use This Microbial Powerhouse

The high efficiency of BCP-EU-FB™ makes it an excellent addition to startup systems or wastewater lagoons that need to be repopulated after shock. It is also good for use in applications with low oxygen levels and high temperatures (i.e., 45-50 °C [113-122 °F]). The side benefits of controlling odor, pH, and foam make it well-suited for use when these problems arise. It also offers a good strategy to help avoid the development of algae and superior organisms, as BCP-EU-FB™ competes for the nutrient rich molecules that feed these nuisances.

How to Apply BCP-EU-FB

When used in treatment plants, BCP-EU-FB™ is dosed according to flow rate. An initial shock dose spread out over the first 10 days should be followed by a weekly or daily maintenance dose according to Bionetix® guidelines. Application rate for aerated lagoons is based on the average flow rate to the lagoon; anaerobic lagoons are treated based on total volume; and lagoons with facultative systems are treated based on lagoon surface area. Lagoons in cold climates should generally be treated only after the water has warmed up to at least 10 °C (50 °F).

Aggressively Improve Wastewater Efficiency

Sludge, BOD, and bad odors are part of the normal struggles and challenges wastewater treatment plant operators face. When these get out of control and conditions are less than ideal to support a healthy microbial population, BCP-EU-FB™ tackles the situation aggressively through bacteria and fungi synergy. Contact us today to recharge your system with BCP-EU-FB™ for greater efficiency and less sludge.

Keywords: wastewater treatment, Bionetix, how to reduce wastewater sludge, improve wastewater efficiency, lower BOD, wastewater foam problems, algae problems, wastewater sludge disposal, wastewater lagoon treatment, BOD loading

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Grease Trap Maintenance Made Easy

When patrons sit down to eat at a restaurant, one of the last things they want to experience is the scent of decaying grease wafting out of the grease trap. Management wants to avoid this, too, but sometimes routine grease trap pumping is not enough. Bionetix® International brings microorganisms to the rescue to tackle this seemingly small ongoing maintenance task in a powerful way.

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Grease Trap Problems

Understanding the solution requires a closer look at the issues. The high volume of greasy or fatty foods cooked in restaurants or processed in factories means grease trap problems are real in the food processing industry. While designed to capture grease and keep too much from entering the wastewater disposal system, grease traps sometimes overflow, undermining their purpose. At large facilities, this excess FOG (fats, oils, and greases) entering the municipal wastewater treatment system can add up to excessive BOD levels penalized by surcharges. A more immediate concern is the bad odor that can drift through restaurants, making the dining experience unpleasant and unwelcome.

Good Bacteria to the Rescue

Bioaugmentation is an excellent option to remedy the situation. BCP22™ and BIOBLOC22™ do so by using FOG-loving bacteria to digest fat-based substances and speed up their biodegradation. In turn, this action lowers sludge production, prevents scum formation, and reduces unpleasant odors. BCP22™ is a high concentration powder packaged in water-soluble pouches that can be directly added to the system. It is good for shock doses to get FOG and BOD in check.
It may also be desired for maintenance doses in large facilities. BIOBLOC22
™ contains the same bacteria strains inside a slow-release block that works best for monthly maintenance in average sized systems. Recent testing has shown the main beneficial bacteria strain continues growing in temperatures up to 122 °F (50 °C), easily allowing for the influx of warm water from the sink.

Steps to Good Grease Trap Maintenance

Beneficial bacteria are a great addition to the normal maintenance program and may even reduce grease trap pumping frequency. A good maintenance plan is as follows:

1. Routinely pump grease out of grease trap as normal.
2. If desired, clean out the grease trap with 
HYGIEA2200™ to fight engrained odors.
3. Add shock dose of BCP22
4. Place a BIOBLOC22
™ in the grease trap once a month for ongoing maintenance or add a routine maintenance dose of BCP22.

These simple steps do not add much work, yet they can produce significant results. The benefits are well worth the effort, resulting in a better dining atmosphere for guests, an improved work environment for employees, and lower or no BOD fines. Contact Bionetix® to make grease trap maintenance easy at your restaurant or food processing facility!

Keywords: grease trap maintenance, grease trap problems, FOG problems, restaurant odor problems, BOD fines, microbial biodegradation process, answers to common restaurant problems, how to get rid of bad smell in restaurant, Bionetix, best practices to avoid grease backup

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PRESS RELEASE: Awards for Most Successful Croats Living Abroad: Boris Miksic, CEO of Cortec® Corporation – The Winner of “Vecernjakova domovnica” Award for Person of the Year!

We are more than proud to announce that Boris Miksic, Croatian-American entrepreneur, received “Vecernjakova domovnica” award, in the most important category – Person of the year. “Vecernjakova domovnica” is the annual award given since 2006 to the most successful Croats living outside the borders of their homeland. The award is given by most prestige Croatian daily newspapers, Vecernji List in the German city of Bad Homburg. On Saturday, March 4, a large award ceremony was held, with 400 guests attending from the world of politics, business, sports, culture and music. Members of numerous Croatian communities from all over the world gathered at the prestigious Kurhaus Congress Hall. The ceremony was also held under the sponsorship of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and under the sponsorship of the Croatian Heritage Foundation. “This annual award ceremony, welcoming such large number of successful people is not only the most important social event for people of Croatian roots, but also a big and exciting event for Bad Homburg”, said Mayor of Bad Homburg, Alexander Hetjes during the event.

A successful Croatian American entrepreneur, Boris Mikšić, is the CEO of Cortec® Corporation, global manufacturer of green corrosion inhibitors. His ten production plants and logistic centars are located all over the world. For the last decade, he has worked with his team to brand Croatia as the central European point for environmentally safe corrosion protection technologies His EU plant, EcoCortec, exports patented VCI/VpCI products that are manufactured in Croatia, all over the world. Boris Miksic graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Zagreb and emigrated to USA in 1977.

He founded his own company, Cortec® Corporation, in a garage. Cortec® became a global leader in the field of corrosion inhibitors. Boris Miksic is the owner of 65 patents in the USA, Canada, Europe, France and Japan and has published about a hundred scientific papers. He is is the coauthor of four technical books. Mr. Miksic has been actively participating in the development of Croatian economy for decades. For his special services in the economy he was appointed honorary consul general of the Republic of Croatia in USA. In 2004, he decided to invest more seriously in his homeland and launched EcoCortec® plant.

Today, EcoCortec is one of the biggest VCI plants in Europe. More than 90% of its assortment is exported to Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2016, he opened production facility and logistics center near Split, where Cortec’s chemical products are manufactured. Plant in Split has recently been 100% powered by solar energy, since company’s goal is to use its own energy resources. Croatian plants supply the world’s largest car manufacturers: Mercedes, Volvo, Ford, Toyota and other important systems such as Bosch, IBM, General Electric, Caterpillar, Rolls Royce Group, Končar, Ministry of Defense and much more. Boris Miskic is a well know humanitarian who has been helping numerous organizations in Croatia for decades. During the Croatian War of Independence, he was one of the first Croatians abroad to organize much needed aid to war-torn Croatia. 

President of Croatian Parliament who also attended the ceremony, made a speech in which he reminded of the strong ties between Croatians outside the country and their homeland: “These are such inspirational stories of people who have established themselves in the countries where they live and achieved incredible success. At the same time, they remained firmly connected with the homeland.” He thanked them for the help they provided to their country during the hardest times of war and now. “It was not easy to explain the truth about Croatia at a time when the country was just being born and when we were going through brutal aggression and we needed help. Croats outside Croatia were one of the first to reach out in many ways and helped to defend our country”.

“It is hard to explain how much this award means to me”, said Mr Miksic. “My vision for Croatia was always to be stable, prosperous country that it is today. Decades ago, I imagined it to be a crucial point for developing our environmentally safe technologies because I was aware of its potential. Today, my team and I turned our dream into reality and I run most of my business from here. We became a green hub of Europe for green VCI technologies and have big plans for the future“!

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PRESS RELEASE: Give Your Plants a Nitrogen Boost This Spring!

Bionetix® International has just expanded its selection of biofertilizers for agriculture! SOIL-BAC™ Premium is a new version of SOIL-BAC™ that can boost atmospheric nitrogen independent of symbiotic relationships with plants. This makes SOIL-BAC™ Premium a great option for early spring soil treatment and throughout the growing season!

Helping Plants Grow
SOIL-BAC™ Premium has several features that help plants grow. First, it contains plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and mycorrhizae—two beneficial microorganisms that promote decomposition of organic material in the soil. These increase active soil biomass and make phosphorus and other nutrients more available to plants. They also help improve soil structure and conditions by digesting debris and pesticide residue. Furthermore, SOIL-BAC™ Premium contains beneficial vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutrients essential to plant growth. While regular SOIL-BAC™ does include bacteria that enhance atmospheric-nitrogen-fixation (making this critical nutrient more available to plant roots), it can do so only by forming a symbiotic relationship with plants. SOIL-BAC™ Premium goes a step beyond with the addition of a bacteria strain that can function as a free-living organism in the soil. This gives an extra boost of nitrogen to soil even before plants are fully grown, making it ideal for spring planting.

Where to Apply SOIL-BAC™ Premium
SOIL-BAC™ Premium has a wide range of potential applications—as diverse as the crops that grow in the fields. Farmers can use it to promote the healthy growth of fruits, vegetables, grains, or sod. Landscapers can include it in their routine lawn care services for homes or businesses. Golf courses and sports fields, where grass is a focal point of maintenance, can also promote healthier turf by using SOIL-BAC™ Premium.

When to Apply SOIL-BAC™ Premium
Bioaugmentation with SOIL-BAC™ Premium should begin in the spring when the ground temperature has reached 15-24 °C (59-75 °F). At least eight applications are recommended throughout the season, and more are recommended under periods of high stress—it is not possible to apply too much of this soil- enriching biofertilizer! The rate of application is based on the size of the field—more for greens, tees, and farm fields; slightly less for fairways and sport fields. SOIL-BAC™ Premium can be applied using a sprayer or by adding it to the irrigation system for convenience.

So Much More Than Fertilizer
Application of traditional fertilizers can be helpful, but SOIL-BAC™ Premium offers so much more by harnessing natural mechanisms that boost the healthy biological functions at work in the soil. Instead of just adding macronutrients, SOIL-BAC™ Premium acts as a biofertilizer that helps plants make better use of the nutrients already at their root tips, promoting healthier crops and a lower risk of disease. Get ready for healthier crops, lawns, and fields by adding SOIL BAC™ Premium to your planting and lawn care routine this spring! Contact Bionetix® to get started:

Keywords: biofertilizer, nitrogen fixing bacteria, Bionetix, bioaugmentation, plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, help plants grow, increase soil biomass, promote healthier turf, improve soil structure, SOIL-BAC

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PRESS RELEASE: How to Reduce Waste by Maximizing Biogas Efficiency

Overcoming Biogas Inhibitors with BCP12™


Reduce, reuse, recycle. That is the increasingly popular motto that reminds humans to be responsible in their use of natural resources—both renewable and nonrenewable. Biogas production for heat and power generation is one way to do so by turning waste materials into heat, fuel, and electricity. While many challenges face biogas efficiency, Bionetix® International has multiple biological-based treatments to make the most of biogas production.

Overcoming Biogas Inhibitors with BCP12™

An extremely limiting factor for biogas production is the fact that plant-based biomass, a common biogas feedstock, can inhibit the hydrolysis and acidogenesis phases of biogas production. Poor performance at these stages also limits final biogas production capacity. BCP12™ is an excellent companion to carry the microbial population through this critical period by adding beneficial bacteria and nutrients to the microbial population already in the biogas production area. These processes are respectively called bioaugmentation and biostimulation. BCP12™ is a bioaugmentation treatment tested at York University to evaluate its performance in the presence of inhibitors from plant-based biomass. During the test, BCP12™ was added to three different bacteria strains: ArthrobacterBacillus subtilis, and Pseudomonas putida. In each hydrolysate sample, the concentration of bacteria grew (by 30%, 53%, and 58%, respectively) compared to the controls, indicating the effectiveness of BCP12™ even in the presence of certain inhibitors.* BCP12™ is also a great addition to non-plant-based feedstocks, with side benefits of loosening and liquefying heavy grease, reducing unpleasant odors, and controlling FOG and grease cap buildup in anaerobic digesters.

Boosting Biogas Efficiency

Biogas production ultimately depends on the efficiency of the microbial population in the anaerobic digester, which in turn hinges on colony health and proper nutrition. If insufficient nutrients are available, biogas production efficiency will be down because microbes will not have the resources they need to grow, reproduce, and digest waste at a sufficient rate to keep up with biomass volume. Since the need for micronutrients is more often overlooked than the need for macronutrients (e.g., nitrogen and phosphorus), Bionetix® International has developed BIOGAS BOOSTER 3™ with three micronutrients selected to boost biogas production, process stability, and efficiency. BIOGAS BOOSTER 3™ was also among the products tested at York University and showed increased biogas production after only one week of treatment, with continuing benefits expected after acclimatization.* BIOGAS BOOSTER 3™ is a great way to stabilize production both under normal circumstances and when there is a large influx of waste in the anaerobic digester.

Biomass-Specific Treatment

While the above products can go a long way toward promoting a healthy microbial population for biogas generation, bioaugmentation with feedstock-specific bacterial blends can also be beneficial. For example, BCP57™ is designed for bioaugmentation of pulp and paper wastewater and can be added to boost biogas efficiency of plant-based feedstock, as well. BCP80™, designed to speed up digestion of animal waste, is a great addition to manure feedstock.

Increasing Biogas Efficiency in the Field

A good example of how biological treatment can boost biogas efficiency comes from two biogas power plants in Japan—one fed by livestock manure, the other with herbage waste. These plants were far below their production efficiency benchmark of 60% methane, 40% carbon dioxide, and less than 1% hydrogen sulfide and other impurities. With methane production at only 40%, the plants ended up generating 100 kW of power per generator instead of their 300 kW/generator capacity. Excess hydrogen sulfide was causing a malodor problem. BCP12™ and STIMULUS™ (another biostimulant) were added to the raw material at each plant, along with BCP80™ at the manure biogas plant and BCP57™ at the herbage plant. As a result, methane production increased to the targeted 60% methane with power production at 300 kW/generator. The odor problem also cleared up.

Don’t Let Waste Go to Waste

Biogas creation opens exciting doors to alternative forms of energy. What if waste that is produced every day could be harnessed to produce heat, fuel, and electricity for the benefit of society? Furthermore, what if natural biogas production inefficiencies could be overcome simply by adding the right microorganisms and nutrients to boost efficiency? A hint of the answer has already been given above. The rest of the answer is up to famers, municipalities, and entrepreneurs who will make use of the tools given them to transform waste into something valuable. Contact Bionetix® to get started on the journey to more efficient biogas production:

*York University NSERC Engage Project Report, “Novel Bacterial Blend to Enhance Biomethanation of Municipal Sewage Sludge,” 11 December 2020. Prepared by Prof. Brar’s Team: Dr. Bikash Tiwari, Rahul Saini, and Mona Chaali.

Keywords: reduce waste, biogas efficiency, what biogas is used for, which bacteria produce biogas, biogas production for electricity, biogas for fuel, reduce reuse recycle, Bionetix, bioaugmentation, alternative forms of energy

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PRESS RELEASE: Cortec®/Bionetix® Joint Forces Make Life Easier for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

A55L Tank or reservoir for biological purification and cleaning of dirty sewage water by active sludge. Modern technologies in wastewater treatment plant, toned

As a global leader in corrosion control technologies, with a subsidiary that specializes in biological wastewater treatment, Cortec® Corporation is in a unique position to make life easier for wastewater treatment plant operators. Biological treatments from Cortec’s subsidiary Bionetix® International help plants get on track for more efficient waste processing after plant upsets or imbalances, while simple and effective corrosion and preventative maintenance solutions from Cortec® bid to help plant equipment and facilities last longer in a notoriously corrosive environment. Here is a closer look at how these strategies work and the problems they address.

Let Microbes Eat Away Your Wastewater Troubles

Wastewater treatment plants rely on naturally occurring microorganisms to break down waste substances. Practically speaking, the microorganisms feed on the waste and eliminate it from water and/or convert toxins into harmless substances that can be safely discharged back to the environment. However, this delicate balance is easily upset. Temperature fluctuations can slow down microbial activity in cool weather or encourage growth of unwanted substances in hot weather. A sudden influx of waste reflected by a high BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) can overload the system, choking it for oxygen and increasing bad odors as the natural biological mechanism switches from aerobic to anaerobic digestion. Startup and reseeding are also sensitive periods when it can be difficult to get a good microbial colony established in time to handle a heavy new load of waste materials.

Bionetix® International comes to the rescue with bioaugmentation, the addition of “good” bacteria to help with industrial waste and sewage cleanup. These biological “reinforcements” help tackle sewage overload in general and target specific contaminants in particular. BCP50™ is one treatment that provides a good microbial population for seeding a new municipal wastewater treatment system. It can also reduce sludge and odors in lagoons. BCP11™ is well-suited to digesting wastewater from chemical plants, while BCP22™ is targeted to digest FOG (fats, oils, and greases). Operators can remove high levels of ammonia with BCP655™, a bioconverter that in certain conditions acts better than nitrifiers. Rather than converting nitrogen to another form that requires further denitrification, BCP655™ removes nitrogen from wastewater by consuming compounds such as ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite—even in cool weather and at lower pH.

Do Not Let Corrosion Eat Away Your Structures and Equipment

The main activity of wastewater treatment does not negate the significance of maintenance at a wastewater treatment plant. A rich supply of moisture, H2S, and contaminants in the wastewater treatment environment creates a perfect recipe for corrosion, threatening to accelerate the deterioration of structures and equipment. An especially critical area is corrosion protection of electronics and electricals. In these days of ever-increasing reliance on technology, wastewater treatment operations are controlled by HMIs (human machine interfaces) and other automatic devices that regulate pumps and equipment throughout the plant and the municipality that it serves. Replacement of these electronics due to corrosion is extremely costly and can add up quickly if corrosion failures are frequent. Moreover, critical equipment failure can have serious effects on plant functions.

Electricals/Electronics Protection

Fortunately, Cortec® has extremely simple answers for electronics and electricals. VpCI®-105 or VpCI®-111 Emitters are self-adhesive devices easy to stick inside a control panel. These devices emit Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors, which adsorb on metal surfaces within the enclosure to form a protective molecular layer that disrupts the normal corrosion reaction. VpCI® Emitters can be supplemented by spraying ElectriCorr™ VpCI®-238 or ElectriCorr™ VpCI®-239 over exposed electrical contacts (when the panel is powered down). This leaves behind a clear protective film that is effective even on electrical or electronics panels that are vented or not fully enclosed. A third step is to apply Corrosorber® cups. Similar to VpCI® Emitters, Corrosorbers are self-adhesive. Unlike VpCI® Emitters, they do not emit active corrosion inhibitors. Instead, they absorb H2S, helping make the environment inside a control panel less corrosive. By following this general prescription, one municipal wastewater treatment operation was able to significantly reduce the failure of HMIs located at pumphouses throughout the city, saving significant replacement costs with a price tag ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 apiece every six months.

Structural Protection

Corrosion also takes its toll on structures within the plant. Metal railings, beams, tanks, walkways, and even equipment can benefit from an anticorrosive coating. Where rust has already set in, it should be removed, or else arrested with CorrVerter® Rust Converter Primer. Applied to corroded surfaces where loose rust has been brushed off, this fast-drying water-based primer converts remaining rust into a passive layer. VpCI®-373 is an anticorrosion primer that helps with good bonding to aluminum and galvanized substrates, while VpCI®-396 or VpCI®-384 serve as tough urethane topcoats for protection in harsh, unsheltered applications. For equipment that needs an unnoticeable layer of corrosion protection, VpCI®-386 clear can be applied directly over painted surfaces.

Concrete structures such as tanks, pillars, or floors should also be protected. MCI®-2026 Floor Coating is an excellent choice for protecting concrete floors from chemical ingress and physical wear and tear. Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors can be added to new concrete structures as admixtures (e.g., MCI®-2005) or to existing structures as surface applied corrosion inhibitors (SACIs) (e.g., MCI®-2020). Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors slow time to corrosion and reduce corrosion rates once started.

Plant Maintenance

General plant maintenance can also benefit from a little extra protection here and there. For instance, CorrLube™ VpCI® Lithium EP Grease is a lithium complex grease that can be used in applications where NLGI grade 2 grease with added corrosion protection is needed. For NLGI grade 3 applications in severely corrosive environments, Cortec® offers EcoLine® Biobased Grease powered by Nano VpCI®. This multipurpose grease has superior corrosion protection properties and contains 86% USDA certified biobased content as an environmental “sustainability” side benefit. EcoLine® Cleaner/Degreaser also includes biobased content plus flash corrosion protection for metal cleanup tasks.

Make Life Easier for Wastewater Treatment Operators

Wastewater treatment can be a messy business with constant maintenance and oversight activities to perform. Together, Cortec® and Bionetix® are here to help make life easier for wastewater treatment plant operators by taking simple steps of bioaugmentation and corrosion preventative maintenance. Contact Cortec®/Bionetix® today for further help or a tailored solution! Cortec® corrosion and preventative maintenance solutions:

Bionetix® wastewater treatment solutions:

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PRESS RELEASE: Bionetix® Develops New Probiotic Additive for Cat Litter and More!

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Bionetix® International is excited to introduce its newest probiotic waste-digesting deodorizing concentrate: ABC 9000™! This new water-soluble probiotic powder concentrate is designed for manufacturers to use as an additive in formulating a wide range of products. With its multi-spore bacteria blend, ABC 9000™ is effective in numerous applications where it is necessary to remove wastes/stains or control and mask odors.

The non-pathogenic bacillus blend of ABC 9000™ attacks a variety of complex organic compounds and digests them, helping remove stains and odor-producing compounds. For further odor control, formulators can choose from ABC 9000™ in a pine, floral, or custom fragrance to mask unpleasant odors. ABC 9000™ also comes in a wide selection of colors—light green, blue, pink, off-white, or custom—for better aesthetic blending with the final product:

  • Cat litter
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Powder and liquid laundry detergents
  • Deodorizers (e.g., odor control powder or solids)
  • And other water-soluble cleaners!

As a powder concentrate, ABC 9000™ also offers an economical approach to formulating probiotic products. Possible formulation scenarios include the following:

  • A manufacturer wants to create a new self-deodorizing cat litter product that not only masks odors from the cat box but also keeps them under control by helping digest some of the waste materials. The manufacturer chooses a preferred fragrance and color of ABC 9000™ and adds the powder to the cat litter formula for improved cat box maintenance.
  • A formulator wants to design a probiotic carpet cleaner that will tackle stains and remove odors from food spills or other soils. The formulator adds ABC 9000™ powder to the cleaner for deep-cleaning and deodorizing power along with a fresh pine or lavender smell.
  • A laundry detergent company wants a probiotic detergent for washing clothes with heavy stains and odors. They select a custom fragrance of ABC 9000™, add the probiotic blend to the detergent, and market the final product for heavy-duty industrial laundering.

Many similar options exist for formulators who need to add a probiotic boost to their cleaning or deodorizing product. ABC 9000™ offers formulators flexibility while harnessing the technology of nature for enhanced product effectiveness. As a 1 billion CFU/g powder product, a little ABC 9000™ goes a long way to maximize storage space and cleaning/odor control power! Contact Bionetix® to learn more about ABC 9000™:

Keywords: probiotic additive, bacillus blend, odor control, self deodorizing cat litter, laundry detergent additive, probiotic detergent, carpet deodorizer, powder deodorizer, Bionetix, probiotic carpet cleaner

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