Dutch water treatment company Nijhuis Saur Industries has acquired Byosis, a company that specialises in ammonia recovery, pasteurisation units, and gas scrubbers.
Their acquisition of Byosis will enlarge Nijhuis Saur’s existing portfolio of solutions for resource recovery in industry and agriculture. It also chimes with Nijhuis Saur’s focus on accelerating circular agriculture and food production while reducing ammonia emissions from livestock rearing.
The partnership with Nijhuis Saur will allow Byosis to further develop solutions for resource recovery within agriculture and industry. Jan van de Broek, CEO of Byosis, stated, “The cooperation with Nijhuis Saur Industries will help us to deliver client-specific solutions around the globe and expand our services and capabilities varying from feasibility studies, pilot and substrate testing, engineering, delivery, and online monitoring of turnkey installations.”
CEO and president of Nijhuis Saur Industries Menno M. Holterman commented, “Together with our extensive experience in the design, supply, financing, mobile water solutions, and operation of resource recovery installations, we expect Byosis to expand the coming years into a leading global provider. The company will focus on cost-effective, advanced, and sustainable resource recovery solutions for industrial, agricultural, and municipal clients, contributing to the circular economy and address the fast-growing demand for ‘blue-green infrastructure.”
Nijhuis Saur Industries develops, designs, manufactures, and implements water treatment technologies that are used worldwide. Currently, their technologies include biological treatment stations, water-oil separators, sludge drying units, and dissolved gas flotation systems.
Byosis, founded in 2007, offers solutions to recover nutrients from agricultural residues, green waste, sewage sludge, and municipal or industrial waste. Their proprietary nutrient waste recovery product is an ammonia extraction technology called ByoFlex. Right now, Byosis are working on a way of recovering ammonia in the form of ammonium bicarbonate, or ammoniac water, as well as a system that recovers both phosphorus and ammonia.
Recovery of high-value resources from waste is a key component of building a more circular economy. It increases efficiency and reduces the need for virgin resources for inputs in industry and agriculture. Although ammonia nitrogen is often removed from wastewater, it is not recovered as a re-usable product. Solving this means that unused ammonia nitrogen could be “reused as a replacement for artificial fertiliser and thus contribute to more sustainable agriculture,” explained Menno M. Holterman.