About ArchaeaSolutions, Inc
What Is ArchaeaSolutions?
ArchaeaSolutions, Inc. is a small company based in Evansville, IN focused on wastewater treatment issues worldwide.
Every customer has a unique problem to solve. This is why we feature custom blended products to perfect each Solution. Using extensive scientific knowledge and methods gained over 70 years experience to assist in meeting environmental goals, ArchaeaSolutions technologies and practices are essential tools for use in many modern industries. We also offer consultation and training for wastewater process control, troubleshooting assistance, and lab analyses (including microscopic analyses.)
Our variety of products are used to enhance natural breakdown of unwanted liquids/solids in the wastewater treatment industry using a combination of microbial and micronutrient solutions, also known as BioAugmentation. Without the use of harsh chemicals, our methods put into place environmentally sound practices for continued effective treatment.
Use of Archaea in Wastewater Treatment
Archaea, pronounced /ärˈkēə/, are a group of microorganisms that improve wastewater treatment plant performance.
Perhaps the best-known archaea that degrade carbonaceous wastes are the methanogens or methane-producing organisms in anaerobic digesters.
Archaea are found in soil, fecal waste, wetlands, and surface water, and enter treatment processes through fecal waste and inflow and infiltration (I/I). Unfortunately, the relatively small population size of archaea in the biomass does not permit the organisms to significantly influence treatment performance. Approximately one percent of the biomass consists of archaea.
Therefore, archaea, as well as bacteria and fungi, are added to treatment processes to increase their desired population size in order to improve treatment performance.
There are two major archaeal kingdoms, Crenarchaeota and Euarchaeota, that have archaea that are capable of performing significant roles in the degradation of organic wastes if they are present
Significant archaea in the kingdom Crenarchaeota include:
- Thermophilic Organisms
- Acidophilic Organisms
- Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea (AOA)
Significant archaea in the kingdom Euarchaeota include:
- Halophilic Organisms
- Thermophilic Organisms
Archaea perform significant roles in the sulfur cycle. Their novel sulfur-utilizing enzyme systems can oxidize and reduce various forms of sulfur under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. An example of a role that archaea perform in wastewater treatment is the oxidation of sulfide (HS-) to elemental sulfur (So). This oxidation prevents the production of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and its release to the atmosphere.