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The market for the STERM™ is global, although it is best suited to medium-large urban population centres that have existing sewage-collection infrastructures and have environmental concerns relating to sludge disposal. The initial target market will be Australasia, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Americas and Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.

Research completed during 2005 highlighted the fact that 40 million wet tons of bio-solids are produced annually in the United States alone with more than 20,000 wastewater treatment facilities currently in operation in the US. Approximately 1500 new plants are built each year to process the dramatically increasing volume of bio-solids requiring processing. This is expected to reach 45 million tons by 2010.

Municipal authorities pay a wide range of fees per ton to dispose of bio-solids, with 2005 research showing an average of $50 per ton across California and some East Coast fees up to $200 per ton.

Research completed in the UK in 2006 on Enviro Energy’s behalf by government organization New Zealand Trade and Enterprise states: “There would appear to be good growth in the area of wastewater technologies. The UK market, while maturing, is showing continued signs of investment and growth fuelled by the increasing public and regulatory demand for improved waterways.”

The UK wastewater industry operates about 9000 wastewater treatment works producing approximately nine million tons of bio-solids each year. Of that, 85% is land-applied.

EU countries have a population base of about 393 million producing an estimated 58 million tons of bio-solids each year and although land application of bio-solids is the predominant disposal method, Enviro Energy has yet to complete detailed market research. It is a matter of record, however, that regulations introduced recently and those planned for the future are increasingly stringent for traditional disposal methods. This will further advantage Enviro Energy’s STERM™ bio-solids elimination technology.

The elimination of human waste has been the primary focus of Enviro Energy, but animal waste – e.g. dairy, beef, swine and poultry along with various vegetable-based waste sludges – could easily be resolved with the introduction of the STERM™ and represent significant business opportunities for Enviro Energy.