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Convert Wastewater into clean fuels

BY CO-FOUNDING A NEW CLIMATE VENTURE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
ABOUT DSV

Deep Science Ventures is creating a future in which both humans and the planet can thrive.

We use our unique venture creation process to create, spin-out and invest into science companies, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures.

We operate in 4 sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Agriculture and Computation, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

 

The Challenge

Wastewater treatment facilities require 2% of  global energy consumption and produce 3% of all greenhouse gas emissions,  exclusive of that which is deposited in landfills. 

The linear approach of water use, followed by both energy and greenhouse gas-intensive clean-up, prior to discharge is not sustainable water use for  the future. With increasing water and resource scarcity, it is crucial that me move to a circular approach, that reduces the energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions of our wastewater management systems. 

We’re pursuing an alternative approach, which uses  the energy and resources contained within wastewater from downstream processes, to be recovered and reused upstream. The energy contained in wastewater is 7x the energy currently used to treat it, and rather than  neutralising the nutrients, those same nutrients could be captured and reused. Conventional technologies, both aerobic and anaerobic digestion, only recover 30-50% of the energy contained in wastewater, with biotechnological approaches requiring treatment times of several days to weeks to fully treat the wastewater.

Emerging technologies are also not sufficient: Companies innovating in this space have opted for replacing slow microbial dark fermentation and digestion with microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) to accelerate organic waste consumption by bacteria and energy production in the form of methane. This methane is then burned to produce and recover some of the invested energy. A major drawback of this approach is the emission of large quantities of CO2 both during the MEC process itself and during the methane burning step. In addition, the MEC process itself suffers from generally low wastewater treatment efficiencies. Furthermore, when this process is poorly implemented, anaerobic digestion or low-efficiency MEC produces methane at low concentrations (e.g., <5%). This makes the output unusable as fuel, which is worse than the initially produced CO2 since it has a larger global warming potential (approx. 25 tons CO2eq for every ton CH4). In addition to that, phased out subsidies make biogas production less economically viable business cases.

We are pursuing an approach that does not face these problems and that creates a solution for wastewater treatment and energy production at the same time.

 

What we’re building

We have designed a multi-step, integrated bioconversion system to fully unlock the internal energy of the organic waste in wastewater and convert it into valuable chemicals. Our approach is based on achieving the highest possible waste-to-chemical conversion efficiency and separating the high-purity CO2 produced from this process either to be sold as a commodity or to be converted directly into high-value products. 

We have a route to breakeven hydrogen production at costs lower than $1/kg and at the same time, recovery of chemicals and high purity CO2 (or higher value carbon co-products) that create additional revenue. It achieves carbon neutrality in addition to clean water and high-value chemicals. Our approach is customisable by design and can be tailored to different types of wastewater and customer needs.

We are able to offer our customers wastewater treatment at a lower fee than conventional wastewater management, while also providing them with cheap green chemicals to reduce their upstream commodity costs.

Our targeted markets lie in the 85BN GBP wastewater treatment market and  the 30 BN GBP green chemicals market. 

 

Our offer

You’ll join as the CEO, primarily focusing on customer development and strategic partnerships, fundraising and product development.

We provide tailored venture building support, £250,000 in pre-seed investment and a further £100,000 in non-dilutive funding from the Net Zero Technology Centre. You and your co-founding team will own the majority stake in the venture.

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Our impact

In the past 2 years, we have built and invested in 6 brand new companies in the energy sector across high performance materials, energy storage, green hydrogen production and carbon capture. In doing this, we have partnered with, and our companies have received funding from, the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and investors.

Previous Founders at DSV: Nick’s journey

Nick joined DSV in May 2020 to work on a carbon capture project that we were developing at  DSV at the time. He spun-put of DSV 3 months later, having co-founded a direct air capture company developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture called Mission Zero together with two other Founders that DSV had recruited.

16 months after incorporation they have:

Secured a carbon removal pre-purchase agreement with Stripe worth up to $1.5m;
Raised £250k in pre-seed and currently closing a oversubscribed seed round with top-tier climate investors;
Had their DAC pilot development funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its inaugural DAC & GGR competition;
Participated in the Net Zero Technology centre’s (NZTC) Tech X accelerator program, winning the Equinor award;
Secured a number of commercial agreements worth multimillions including the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2.

• Won Elon Musk’s XPRIZE

 

Who should apply

We are looking for motivated technical innovators with expertise in bioelectrochemical / bioconversion processes or process engineering, wastewater treatment and experience in product development, and/or business development and fundraising.

Needless to say that a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact towards the net-zero energy transition is a must, you cannot wait to get started!

ABOUT DSV

Deep Science Ventures is creating a future in which both humans and the planet can thrive.

We use our unique venture creation process to create, spin-out and invest into science companies, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures.

We operate in 4 sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Agriculture and Computation, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

 

The Challenge

Wastewater treatment facilities require 2% of  global energy consumption and produce 3% of all greenhouse gas emissions,  exclusive of that which is deposited in landfills. 

The linear approach of water use, followed by both energy and greenhouse gas-intensive clean-up, prior to discharge is not sustainable water use for  the future. With increasing water and resource scarcity, it is crucial that me move to a circular approach, that reduces the energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions of our wastewater management systems. 

We’re pursuing an alternative approach, which uses  the energy and resources contained within wastewater from downstream processes, to be recovered and reused upstream. The energy contained in wastewater is 7x the energy currently used to treat it, and rather than  neutralising the nutrients, those same nutrients could be captured and reused. Conventional technologies, both aerobic and anaerobic digestion, only recover 30-50% of the energy contained in wastewater, with biotechnological approaches requiring treatment times of several days to weeks to fully treat the wastewater.

Emerging technologies are also not sufficient: Companies innovating in this space have opted for replacing slow microbial dark fermentation and digestion with microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) to accelerate organic waste consumption by bacteria and energy production in the form of methane. This methane is then burned to produce and recover some of the invested energy. A major drawback of this approach is the emission of large quantities of CO2 both during the MEC process itself and during the methane burning step. In addition, the MEC process itself suffers from generally low wastewater treatment efficiencies. Furthermore, when this process is poorly implemented, anaerobic digestion or low-efficiency MEC produces methane at low concentrations (e.g., <5%). This makes the output unusable as fuel, which is worse than the initially produced CO2 since it has a larger global warming potential (approx. 25 tons CO2eq for every ton CH4). In addition to that, phased out subsidies make biogas production less economically viable business cases.

We are pursuing an approach that does not face these problems and that creates a solution for wastewater treatment and energy production at the same time.

 

What we’re building

We have designed a multi-step, integrated bioconversion system to fully unlock the internal energy of the organic waste in wastewater and convert it into valuable chemicals. Our approach is based on achieving the highest possible waste-to-chemical conversion efficiency and separating the high-purity CO2 produced from this process either to be sold as a commodity or to be converted directly into high-value products. 

We have a route to breakeven hydrogen production at costs lower than $1/kg and at the same time, recovery of chemicals and high purity CO2 (or higher value carbon co-products) that create additional revenue. It achieves carbon neutrality in addition to clean water and high-value chemicals. Our approach is customisable by design and can be tailored to different types of wastewater and customer needs.

We are able to offer our customers wastewater treatment at a lower fee than conventional wastewater management, while also providing them with cheap green chemicals to reduce their upstream commodity costs.

Our targeted markets lie in the 85BN GBP wastewater treatment market and  the 30 BN GBP green chemicals market. 

 

Our offer

You’ll join as the CEO, primarily focusing on customer development and strategic partnerships, fundraising and product development.

We provide tailored venture building support, £250,000 in pre-seed investment and a further £100,000 in non-dilutive funding from the Net Zero Technology Centre. You and your co-founding team will own the majority stake in the venture.

.

Our impact

In the past 2 years, we have built and invested in 6 brand new companies in the energy sector across high performance materials, energy storage, green hydrogen production and carbon capture. In doing this, we have partnered with, and our companies have received funding from, the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and investors.

Previous Founders at DSV: Nick’s journey

Nick joined DSV in May 2020 to work on a carbon capture project that we were developing at  DSV at the time. He spun-put of DSV 3 months later, having co-founded a direct air capture company developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture called Mission Zero together with two other Founders that DSV had recruited.

16 months after incorporation they have:

Secured a carbon removal pre-purchase agreement with Stripe worth up to $1.5m;
Raised £250k in pre-seed and currently closing a oversubscribed seed round with top-tier climate investors;
Had their DAC pilot development funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its inaugural DAC & GGR competition;
Participated in the Net Zero Technology centre’s (NZTC) Tech X accelerator program, winning the Equinor award;
Secured a number of commercial agreements worth multimillions including the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2.

• Won Elon Musk’s XPRIZE

 

Who should apply

We are looking for motivated technical innovators with expertise in bioelectrochemical / bioconversion processes or process engineering, wastewater treatment and experience in product development, and/or business development and fundraising.

Needless to say that a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact towards the net-zero energy transition is a must, you cannot wait to get started!

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start in asap

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start in asap

current team

Steffen Georg (PhD Environmental Biotechnology)

Steffen is finishing his PhD on limitations and opportunities of bio-electrochemical systems and started working at DSV to make his dream come true: Developing technologies to close the use-reuse cycle of wastewater! He carries out techno-economical analyses and designs integrated recovery (bio)technologies to shift the paradigm from “waste” to “resource” in water.

Ahmed Ismail (PhD Chemistry)

Ahmed leads opportunity analysis in alternative fuels and chemicals at DSV and has spent the past few months mapping out key constraints holding back innovation (across tech, market and funding realms). Together with Ahmed, we’ve identified key areas of expertise that need to be brought together before spinning out ventures in this space.

current team

Steffen Georg (PhD Environmental Biotechnology)

Steffen is finishing his PhD on limitations and opportunities of bio-electrochemical systems and started working at DSV to make his dream come true: Developing technologies to close the use-reuse cycle of wastewater! He carries out techno-economical analyses and designs integrated recovery (bio)technologies to shift the paradigm from “waste” to “resource” in water.

Ahmed Ismail (PhD Chemistry)

Ahmed leads opportunity analysis in alternative fuels and chemicals at DSV and has spent the past few months mapping out key constraints holding back innovation (across tech, market and funding realms). Together with Ahmed, we’ve identified key areas of expertise that need to be brought together before spinning out ventures in this space.