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Aquatec-Maxcon in partnership with DHV can deliver technical advice and the process know how to meet your specific project needs. Aquatec-Maxcon has over 40 years experience in treating water and waste water for both municipal and industrial applications. A leader of the water industry, Aquatec-Maxcon has introduced a range of innovative process technologies to Australia including the first UASB, IC Reactor, Membrane Bioreactor and Circox Reactor. We have a successful track record in introducing new technologies, and have diligently supported their implementation within Australian conditions. Aquatec-Maxcon Pty Ltd is part of the Aquatec Maxcon Group which provides a complete vertically integrated range of inhouse services including: Design and construction; Project management, commissioning and operation; Installation and maintenance; Steel fabrication, sand blasting and painting; Machine and plant automation, system integration, electronic repairs & servicing, SCADA configuration.

Nereda was invented by the world renowned Delft University of Technology. In close cooperation with universities, research institutes, STOWA, water boards, various industrial and municipal launching customers, and supported by national and international grants, DHV has transformed the process into an internationally applied, sustainable and cost effective technology.


Pure biomass, no support media required Excellent settling properties High biomass concentration Small footprint Low energy consumption Simultaneous biological Nitrogen and Phosphrous removal Simple single tank concept (no clarifiers) Low capital and operational costs Simple operation Sustainable technology


Key Installations

Epe STP, Netherlands 59,000 ep

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Gansbaai STP, South Africa 4 MLD

Sydney Office & Factory 8 Charles Street St Marys NSW 2760 AUS P: +61 (0) 2 8603 5200 F: +61 (0) 2 8603 5299 Melbourne Office & Factory 6/64 Oakover Road Preston VIC 3072 AUS P: +61 (0) 3 9480 8000 F: +61 (0) 3 9480 8099

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This unique technology is supported by Aquatec-Maxcon, Australias leading water technology provider and the leading European technology developer and consultant, DHV. Nereda is an innovative, advanced biological wastewater treatment technology that purifies water using the unique features of aerobic granular biomass. Unlike conventional processes, the purifying bacteria concentrate naturally in compact granules, with excellent settling properties. As a result of the large variety of biological processes that simultaneously takes place in the granular biomass, Nereda is capable of meeting stringent effluent quality requirements. Extensive biological phosphorus and nitrogen reduction is an intrinsic attribute of this technology, resulting in chemical free operation. These unique process features translate into compact, energy saving and easy to operate Nereda installations for both municipal and industrial waste water treatment. Nereda presents attractive new solutions for greenfield and brownfield sites and retrofitting or extending conventional activated sludge plants. The technology is also highly recommended for performance and capacity upgrades of existing SBR facilities.

Nereda biomass (left) and activated sludge (right) after only 5 minutes of settling

Breakthrough technology based on aerobic granular biomass

Nereda treating municipal waste water

ADVANTAGES OF NEREDA Cost Effective Nereda enables extensive biological treatment in a compact and
simple design. Reduced plant costs are achieved through: High energy efficiency of the process Less mechanical equipment than conventional processes Concentrated biomass, reducing tank volume Reduced direct plant costs Reduced O&M costs

The name Nereda derives from the Greek word Neraida. Nereda was a water nymph and one of the daughters of Nereus, the wise and benevolent Greek god of the sea, In Greek mythology Nereda is linked with the terms pure and immaculate, a hint to the water quality produced by the new technology!

Thanks to the unique characteristics of granular biomass, Nereda technology uses an optimised SBR cycle: 1. Filling of water and simultaneous displacement of purified water. 2. Aeration results in extensive simultaneous biological removal of organic, nitrogen and phosphorous compounds. 3. Biomass is separated from the purified water during a very short settling phase, and Nereda is ready for a new cycle. Unique features are that aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic biological processes take place simultaneously in the granular biomass and that optimal biological treatment is accomplished in only one effective aeration step.

1 Simultaneous fill/daw

Easy to Operate
Plant operation is easy and process performance is robust. The Nereda system is fully automated ensuring, reliable performance and ease of operation.

Extensive life cycle analyses reveal Nereda as a truly sustainable technology. Compared to conventional processes, Nereda has significantly lower energy consumption but also produces a remarkably high effluent quality. The technology requires less waste generating chemicals, construction materials and mechanical equipment for an overall reduced carbon footprint.

Anoxic / Anaerobic Zone: Nitrate reduction to nitrogen gas Phosphate removal Aerobic Zone: Biological oxidation Ammonia oxidation to nitrate

3 Fast settling

2 Aeration

Nereda Cycle