Technology Spotlight

Epic biosolid product

What is your technology?

Epic CleanTec (Epic) has developed a novel approach to onsite wastewater treatment in the urban world. Epic’s onsite treatment system converts wastewater solids into a high-quality organic soil product, all at the building or district scale. When paired with wastewater treatment technology, the separated water, with the solids now removed, can be more easily treated and reused for toilet flushing, irrigation, and other non-potable uses. This onsite, decentralized approach to solids management will decrease the cost of wastewater operations for buildings and municipalities, reduce BOD loads into municipal sewer systems, mitigate environmental damage, and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Epic took first prize at the “Innovation Showcase” of the 2018 
Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
Pictured: Kyle Swenson, Director of Engineering and
 Aaron Tartakovsky, Co-founder and CEO.

What are the benefits to implementing your technology?
• For building owners/developers:
o Reduced sewer connection impact fees (for new construction).
o Reduced ongoing wastewater rates (for new construction and retrofits).
o LEED points and potential carbon credits.

• For cities and wastewater treatment utilities:
o Reduced solids accumulating in sewers due to increasingly low flows.
o Reduced organics loading on centralized municipal sewage treatment plants.
o Increased organics diverted from landfill.
o Diversified and more resilient water supply portfolio.
Has the technology been tested, demonstrated, or implemented anywhere to date?
Epic concluded and passed demonstration testing in Illinois and California. Epic has been successfully running trials continuously at Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center since early 2018. Our proprietary solids conversion technology consistently produces Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality) pathogen-free biosolids that can be safely and legally used as a nutrient-rich soil amendment for gardens, crops, and urban green spaces.

What are some of the next steps needed to advance the technology?
Epic has identified three goals for the next year to advance the technology. 

• First, Epic will demonstrate its system in “Jasper,” a 39-story residential tower in downtown San Francisco beginning in mid-2019. The City of San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection previously awarded approvals in December 2018. Epic is seeking four additional sites (large buildings over 250,000 square feet, campuses, or universities) in the San Francisco Bay Area for rapid installation and testing. 

• Second, Epic intends to use rigorous monitoring and reporting at the San Francisco building deployment to assure regulators of Epic technology’s quality assurance and safety testing.  

• Third, Epic is seeking partnerships with (a) wastewater treatment technology providers that can add Epic’s complementary biosolid solution further enabling onsite water reuse; (b) building owners and management companies with portfolios that can be retrofitted with Epic and reduce ongoing wastewater loading surcharges and reduce loads onto centralized WWTPs; and c) wastewater utilities that seek to deploy distributed, decentralized biosolid collection units within their municipal sewer systems to extend the life and operational capacity of their centralized WWTPs.  

Plant trials in Epic’s R&D greenhouse.
Pictured: Aaron Tartakovsky, Co-founder and CEO.

How has LIFT helped, or how can LIFT help?
LIFT has provided opportunities to introduce Epic CleanTec to potential customers and partners, such as the Technology Scan and presentation at the 2017 IR2 Forum. LIFT can identify potential technology, building, and wastewater utility partners for commercial deployment.

For more information, please contact:
Aaron Tartakovsky
Epic CleanTec Co-founder and CEO