Nov 09, 2009

Biothane Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Company’s first plant still operating in Wisconsin

Biothane LLC, a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company, announced the celebration of its 30th anniversary.

“The same drive for innovation still remains as it did 30 years ago,” said Robert Sax, president of Biothane LLC. Over the past 30 years, Biothane has brought various technologies to the water treatment business.

The first Biothane plant built in the United States began operating in 1981 at a brewery in Wisconsin and is still operating today. In 1991 Biothane Corp. formed its subsidiary company, Biothane Systems Intl. (BSI) in Delft, Holland. Together Biothane and BSI have designed and installed more than 500 anaerobic treatment systems worldwide.

Biothane has done several projects for companies including: Coca Cola, Smucker’s Company, Anheuser Busch, Fleischman’s yeast, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Frito-lay, McCain Foods, Heineken and Tropicana.

Some of the technologies that Biothane has introduced in the last three decades include EGSB (Expanded Granular Sludge Bed), UASB (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket), SEAD (Shear Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion and CSTR (Completely Stirred Tank Reactor).

The Biothane name was created by Sax and Maurice Holtz of Joseph Oat Corporation. After several discussions they chose the name Biothane, which came from the words “biological methane.”