It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste.
"We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said.
The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses.
"Really turning those facilities from a cost center to revenue center is what our technology does," ClearCove President Gary Miller said.
Avon is one place that's considering using this new system. They did a pilot project here last fall and they've been getting some help from both the state and RIT. ClearCove is one of 24 businesses located in RIT's business incubator. One third of those businesses are focused on clean energy.
"Their good economic development but they are also in the clean energy and sustainability field which is part of RIT's focus as well so it's a win, win for everybody," Director of Venture Creations Bill Jones said.
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