Pasteurization Technology Group’s Innovative Wastewater Disinfection Process Receives Popular Science 2011 “Best of What’s New” Award

San Leandro, California (EastBayDaily) — Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG), the only wastewater disinfection process that creates renewable energy, has received a 2011 “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science magazine and is profiled in the December issue. PTG won the award in the Green Tech category.

PTG is the first and only company in the world to combine wastewater disinfection with renewable-energy generation. PTG’s patented technology utilizes the digester gas (often referred to as biogas, a natural by-product of wastewater treatment) as fuel to drive a turbine that generates renewable electricity. The hot exhaust air from the turbine (energy that is typically wasted) is then passed through a series of heat exchangers that increase the temperature of the wastewater to a level that disinfects the wastewater stream.

By solving two problems for the price of one, PTG’s technology is significantly more cost-effective and more energy-efficient than other methods. Unlike other wastewater disinfection approaches, PTG’s systems do not require toxic chemicals such as chlorine or costly electrical power and expensive lamps in the case of UV. PTG’s robust technology is a timely solution for municipal wastewater treatment facilities, many of which are at capacity and preparing for increasingly stringent water-quality regulations. The company is also experiencing strong demand from the food, beverage, and oil & gas industries.

“For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of whatʼs possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of Whatʼs New Award is the magazineʼs top honor, and the 100 winners — chosen from among thousands of entrants — represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

“We believe that two of the most important problems facing the planet over the next 100 years will be water and energy — scarce resources that require innovative approaches to maximize re-use and harness renewable energy,” said Greg Ryan, co-founder and CEO of Pasteurization Technology Group. “We are thrilled that Popular Science has bestowed this award on PTG as it confirms the fantastic response we have been getting from customers across multiple industries.”

About Best of What’s New Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year: breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the Best of What’s New — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in 1987. Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Security, Home Tech, Health and Recreation.

About Popular Science Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine, with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

About Pasteurization Technology Group Located in San Leandro, California, and founded in 2007, Pasteurization Technology Group is revolutionizing the disinfection of wastewater. PTG’s systems utilize its patented “two-for-one” technology that combines wastewater disinfection with the generation of renewable energy. PTG’s process is one of only a handful of technologies to pass the stringent standards of Title 22 in the state of California for the disinfection of water for reuse. By channeling the typically wasted exhaust heat from a turbine to disinfect wastewater, PTG’s process is the most energy-efficient and lowest-cost solution. PTG won the 2011 BlueTech® Go-To-Market Strategy award and the Popular Science 2011 Best of What’s New award. For more information, see and follow @pastechgroup on Twitter.


Tim Cox
Pasteurization Technology Group