Boydel Water Tech

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Boydel Wastewater Technologies is a Canadian based wastewater treatment technology company located in beautiful British Columbia. The founders had a mission of developing a more efficient and compact raw sewage treatment technology. Their vision is to provide efficient and effective solutions to treating the most contaminated and difficult process waters in industry, promoting a cleaner environment and alleviating the industrial load on existing municipal and metropolitan treatment facilities.

The decade of research and development led to the creation of an advanced electro coagulation and oxidation system that can be implemented in many sectors of industrial water treatment applications. Through innovation and collaboration, they provide the most compact and efficient electrochemical systems to our clients, providing the most efficient and compact way to keep contaminants out of the environment and keep reusing the precious resource for generations to come.


Clean, fresh water is a limited resource and needs to be protected

Clean, fresh water is a limited resource and needs to be protected.  Industries need to keep up with supply and demand while being responsible about resource consumption and their long-lasting environmental impacts.  Through innovation and collaboration Boydel provides the most compact and efficient electrocoagulation systems available on the market.

Boydel offers water treatment solutions through advanced electrocoagulation and electrooxidation systems that efficiently remove high concentrations of solids, heavy metals, oils and greases, from wastewaters in a small footprint, keeping our waters clean for generations to come.

Decentralizing industrial wastewater treatment reduces the pressure on city development, and our systems can be included in retrofits or new facility construction projects where real-estate is scarce and being minimally invasive is key.

We strive to be leaders in the industrial wastewater treatment sector, where treating heavy contamination within an extremely low foot-print, and rapid treatment time, benefits not only the clients, but their Neighbours as well.


Industrial Pretreatment Solutions

We specialize in providing wastewater treatment solutions using our patented dual-zone WaterMiner® electro-coagulation and OxiMiner™ electro-oxidation reactors.  We offer containerized or skid mounted systems, which are compact and fully automated for ease of operation.  Our focus is to provide clients with a fast and efficient solution to pre-treat high-strength industrial wastewaters, alleviating their discharge loadings into city sewerage systems, to consistently meet compliance with regulatory agencies.

Our technology is highly effective in the treatment of wastewaters produced from various industrial applications, particularly because our WaterMiner® systems have the ability to rapidly reduce elevated levels of:

  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)
  • Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
  • Fats Oils Greases (FOG)
  • Heavy Metals
  • Phosphates
  • Sulphides and many other contaminants from waste streams.

Our oxidation OxiMiner™ reactors provide disinfection to reduce smell, and further oxidize more difficult dissolved contaminants from the wastewater prior to discharge.


WaterMiner® Platform

Electrocoagulation (EC) is a known technology in the wastewater treatment industry that has often had a reputation for operational limitations and inefficiencies.

Boydel’s patented WaterMiner® reactors have solved the problems that effected EC performance in the past.  Traditional EC reactors typically consist of large tanks with a series of static flat steel plates.  In application of direct current to these plates (anodes) in parallel with grounded steel plates (cathodes), the positive current dissolves the iron, releasing iron ions into solution, producing an iron-based coagulant.

Over time, due to the static nature of these reactors, the spaces between the plates increase, which increases the gap between plates, thus increasing power consumption in the process.  Furthermore, material builds up over time, fouling these plates so that the effectiveness of the electrochemical reaction diminishes.

The Boydel WaterMiner® is designed with an active cathode mechanism that maintains a clean reactive anode surface as well as a constant voltage gap throughout the life of the anode, minimizing power usage and material waste.  The low voltage (5-10 V) configuration of our reactors translates to consistent overall lower power consumption, and more efficient utilization of anode materials.  The elimination of fouling concerns and a complete flow through reactor design ensures that all water is treated consistently in the reaction zones with no bypassing, as seen in batch reactor systems.


Advantages of the WaterMiner® Platform:

  • Consistent lower power consumption, low voltage
  • Complete utilization of anode metal materials, over 99%
  • Elimination of reactor fouling
  • Fixed path flow through system
  • Combined electrocoagulation and electrooxidation in one reactor
  • Complete oxidation of wastewater
  • Minimal maintenance, extended operation between anode replacements


How Boydel System Compare to Traditional Chemical Treatment Systems

Compared to liquid coagulant applications utilizing DAF equipment or settling tanks, the WaterMiner® produces a highly potent and active coagulant in stream as the wastewater passes through the system.  In high-strength wastewater applications, where high levels of influent solids or FOG enter the stream from production, there are few limitations to the WaterMiner® when spikes in wastewater concentration are frequent. Our automated systems monitor influent characteristics in real-time and adjust our reactor settings instantly to ensure consistent treatment is achieved without consumable wastage, as seen in chemical treatment applications.

Using the Boydel WaterMiner® platform, results in a reduction of consumable volume by up to 99%, and alleviating the burden of hazardous chemical storage.  Because our reactors produce coagulant from our metal sacrificial anodes, coagulant is produced in the reactor as the wastewater passes through, resulting in uniform and consistent reaction zone time.  The WaterMiner® also removes heavy metals with high efficacy, without the required addition of counter ions, or caustic chemicals to raise the pH.


Advantages Of The Boydel System:

  • Up to 99% reduction in consumable volume when compared to chemical treatment
  • Up to 80% reduction in cost when comparing Boydel anodes to liquid coagulant equivalents
  • Metals consumable cost only fluctuates on commodity pricing, unlike the production and supply chain costs associated with chemical coagulants
  • No hazardous materials handling and storage
  • No caustic chemical addition required to remove heavy metals or raise pH
  • Complete treatment and clarification in less than 10 minutes
  • Up to 50% increase in solids dryness after conventional dewatering techniques

The company is growing steadily and presents a viable investment opportunity in Cowichan Valley. 

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