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Unlock the Hidden Energy in Wastewater

BY LAUNCHING 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

Every industrial facility in the world produces wastewater that needs to be treated. The organic waste component of this wastewater contains more internal energy than the total energy required to treat the wastewater itself. According to the most conservative analysis, if the internal energy of the organic waste was valorised worldwide, it would be able to supply 70-140 gigawatts of energy on an annual basis, which is equivalent to the energy released from burning 52-104 million tonnes of oil or from 12-24,000 of the largest wind turbines working continuously.

Unfortunately, to date, the internal energy of the wastewater is not valorised and the solid organic ‘slugs’ extracted during the wastewater treatment end up in landfill, emitting greenhouse gases. In addition, the conversion efficiency of current bacterial-based treatment facilities is only 30-50% and requires long induction times that can be several days to few weeks to fully treat the wastewater.

Companies innovating in this space have opted for replacing the slow microbial dark fermentation step with a microbial electrochemical synthesis (MEC) step to accelerate organic waste consumption by bacteria and energy production in the form of methane. This methane is then burned to produce energy, making this process energy-positive. However, 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. Further, 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 since it has a larger global warming potential than CO2 (approx. 25 tons CO2eq for every ton CH4).

 

What we’re building

We have designed an integrated bioconversion system to fully unlock the internal energy of the organic waste in wastewater and convert it into hydrogen. Our approach is based on achieving the highest possible waste-to-chemical conversion efficiency and any CO2 produced from this process can be separated to high purity and either sold as a commodity or converted directly into high-value products. The techno-economic analysis of this process identifies a path to breakeven hydrogen production costs lower than $1/kg at optimal scales of implementation thanks to the positive net energy generated and additional revenue either from high purity CO2 or higher value carbon co-products. It achieves carbon neutrality in addition to clean water and high-value chemicals production from CO2 utilisation. Our approach is customisable by design and can be tailored to different types of wastewaters and, later, any organic solid waste.

 

Join as a Co-Founder for this project

You’ll join DSV as a Co-Founder (contract, full-time) and work with us to get this project to the investment and spin-off phase (estimated time to spinout ~3 months). After the spin-out, you’ll become the CEO or the CTO of the new venture and work with your founding team + advisors + DSV + the NZTC to build this company for the next 5+ years.

 

Our offer

We provide a monthly salary (at a pre-seed stage startup level) to bridge the gap between developing the concept and getting it to an investable company stage. You and your Co-Founder(s) will own 80% of the new venture at inception and the pre-seed investment capital is already secured from both DSV and the NZTC, including access to their Clean Energy Accelerator.

 

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.

 

Who should apply

We are looking for motivated technical innovators with deep expertise in bioelectrochemical / bioconversion processes.

Additional interest in waste-to-x / waste-to-energy /  bioproduction / carbon neutral fuels is desirable.

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

Every industrial facility in the world produces wastewater that needs to be treated. The organic waste component of this wastewater contains more internal energy than the total energy required to treat the wastewater itself. According to the most conservative analysis, if the internal energy of the organic waste was valorised worldwide, it would be able to supply 70-140 gigawatts of energy on an annual basis, which is equivalent to the energy released from burning 52-104 million tonnes of oil or from 12-24,000 of the largest wind turbines working continuously.

Unfortunately, to date, the internal energy of the wastewater is not valorised and the solid organic ‘slugs’ extracted during the wastewater treatment end up in landfill, emitting greenhouse gases. In addition, the conversion efficiency of current bacterial-based treatment facilities is only 30-50% and requires long induction times that can be several days to few weeks to fully treat the wastewater.

Companies innovating in this space have opted for replacing the slow microbial dark fermentation step with a microbial electrochemical synthesis (MEC) step to accelerate organic waste consumption by bacteria and energy production in the form of methane. This methane is then burned to produce energy, making this process energy-positive. However, 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. Further, 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 since it has a larger global warming potential than CO2 (approx. 25 tons CO2eq for every ton CH4).

 

What we’re building

We have designed an integrated bioconversion system to fully unlock the internal energy of the organic waste in wastewater and convert it into hydrogen. Our approach is based on achieving the highest possible waste-to-chemical conversion efficiency and any CO2 produced from this process can be separated to high purity and either sold as a commodity or converted directly into high-value products. The techno-economic analysis of this process identifies a path to breakeven hydrogen production costs lower than $1/kg at optimal scales of implementation thanks to the positive net energy generated and additional revenue either from high purity CO2 or higher value carbon co-products. It achieves carbon neutrality in addition to clean water and high-value chemicals production from CO2 utilisation. Our approach is customisable by design and can be tailored to different types of wastewaters and, later, any organic solid waste.

 

Join as a Co-Founder for this project

You’ll join DSV as a Co-Founder (contract, full-time) and work with us to get this project to the investment and spin-off phase (estimated time to spinout ~3 months). After the spin-out, you’ll become the CEO or the CTO of the new venture and work with your founding team + advisors + DSV + the NZTC to build this company for the next 5+ years.

 

Our offer

We provide a monthly salary (at a pre-seed stage startup level) to bridge the gap between developing the concept and getting it to an investable company stage. You and your Co-Founder(s) will own 80% of the new venture at inception and the pre-seed investment capital is already secured from both DSV and the NZTC, including access to their Clean Energy Accelerator.

 

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.

 

Who should apply

We are looking for motivated technical innovators with deep expertise in bioelectrochemical / bioconversion processes.

Additional interest in waste-to-x / waste-to-energy /  bioproduction / carbon neutral fuels is desirable.

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 founders

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 founders

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.