REA Resource Recovery Systems is a technology provider focused on solving an estimated $126 billion annual problem faced by wastewater treatment plants worldwide, while simultaneously providing a waste-to-value platform that addresses environmental-stewardship and decarbonization mandates that have become central to public policy.
Billions of gallons of FOG (fats, oils, grease) are discharged into sewers annually, causing large-scale problems such as pipe blockages that lead to sanitary sewer overflows. FOG is costly to manage, treat and dispose, and has a negative impact on the environment due to standard disposal procedures such as landfilling and incineration. Rethinking the way FOG is treated at WWTPs has the potential to change these facilities from net consumers of energy to energy neutral — or even net producers of energy.
REA’s technology diverts and captures FOG, converting this (brown grease) waste onsite — in an automated and continuous-flow system — into ASTM B100 biodiesel that wastewater treatment plants can utilize to peak shave their energy consumption from the grid, or to eventually eliminate this consumption altogether. Municipalities can also utilize it to fuel their fleets and reduce respective carbon emissions by up to 74%. Surplus production can be sold to increase ROI.
Developed under the auspices of the University of Connecticut over the past 14 years, EPCs (Engineering Procurement Construction firms) and infrastructure-project developers can leverage our technology to develop new projects with existing and prospective municipal customers. Infrastructure-project investors also can view our business as a platform through which they can invest in these projects.