Algae-based phosphorus removal technology for wastewater makes innovation shortlist

Inside the tank.

A new algae-based method of removing phosphorus from wastewater has been shortlisted for Most Innovative New Technology of the Year at the Water & Wastewater Treatment Awards.

The technology, developed by Industrial Phycology (I-Phyc), harnesses the natural power of algae to remove phosphorus, without the use of caustic chemicals that are process-intensive, have numerous side effects and are ultimately not sustainable.

Using algae means phosphorus levels can be reduced far beyond what is possible with chemicals, without any side effects. What’s more, the phosphorus can actually be harvested and reused, as can the algae itself.

The Bio-P process in situ.

Russell Bright, CEO of I-Phyc, says, “We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for such an important award. It’s very significant in the water industry and will hopefully accelerate the adoption of our brand new technology at water treatment plants across the country.

“Excess phosphorus in wastewater actually causes unwanted algal blooms in our water systems because algae feed on it. This led us to develop our Bio-P removal technology, putting that natural process to good use. It’s completely 100% sustainable and actually does a better job than the current way of doing things, which is unequivocally environmentally unfriendly.
“Fingers crossed we win the award, but just to be shortlisted will do wonders in getting the word out there to making our water works more sustainable and safe for humans and the environment.”
The winners of the WWT Awards will be announced at an industry ceremony on 27 May. To find out more about I-Phyc and Bio-P removal through the power of algae, visit