Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd (EEI) has been recognised at the Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards for the second consecutive year. The company was proud to receive the 2017 Research Innovation Award, and the Water Professional of the Year Award for CEO Dr Raj Kurup. The awards are testament to the excellent year that EEI has had, fostering innovation and technical excellence across a range of projects in the water industry.
EEI received the 2017 Australian Water Association (WA) Research Innovation Award for the development and implementation of its ANRUP Anammox Process for nitrogen removal for an abattoir wastewater treatment plant . The objective of this project was to understand the process, requirements, and the difficulties in implementing anammox in an existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The anammox process is an exciting state of the art technology for nitrogen removal.
The project has verified that the anammox process offers significant environmental and economic benefits. The reduced aeration requirements, and elimination of carbon dosing offer WWTPs a clear pathway to cut operating and capital costs. Overall it has been determined that the payback period for the implementation of the anammox system has been less than 18 months, and included a suite of operation and maintenance benefits. The project also has demonstrated that a pure anammox culture was not required for start-up, and the technology is eminently scalable and applicable to both new and existing plants.
The prestigious WA Water Professional of the Year for theaward for Dr Raj Kurup has been 25 years in the making. Raj has made tremendous contributions within the water sector as an engineer and researcher. He has authored over 60 publications, and delivered key note addresses for several international conferences. Raj's research has led to the development of EEI's innovative technology, including the High Rate Anaerobic Reactor (HART), ANRUPAnammox process, Self-Regulating Suspended Biogas Collectors (SSBC), and phosphorus removal products.
Another key criterion for the judgement of the Water Professional of the Year Award was the nominee's voluntary contribution to the water industry, particularly the development of future water professionals. The engineering internship program at EEI has been one of Raj's proudest achievements, and it has given him great satisfaction to mentor the WA water engineers of the future. Upon receiving the award, Raj wanted to relay his thanks to his family, excellent clients, and mentors that have been such a large part of his career journey.
Peter Rice accepted the WA Water Professional of the Year Award on behalf of Dr Raj Kurup as Raj was away overseas then. You can click the link below to listen to Peter's speech at the award ceremony.
The Institution of Engineers Australia (EA) has selected Dr Raj Kurup, CEO of EEI as Australia's Most Innovative Engineer in Consulting for 2017 for the development and implementation of the Anammox process for nitrogen removal from wastewater.
Environmental Engineers International (EEI) has been selected as the inaugural winner of the Innovating for Sustainability (Small Business) Award (Sponsored by the Department of Water and Water Corporation) of the Australian Water Association (WA).
The award cited the project �Development and Implementation of the Anammox Process for Nitrogen Removal from Wastewater� undertake by EEI. The anammox plant has been in operation at DBC Picton for over two years. The EEI anammox system installed at the 0.5 MLD wastewater treatment plant at DBC is capable of reducing 450 mg/L of total nitrogen to up to less than 10 mg/L(achieving over 98% TN removal) with only 45% of the conventional energy requirement and with no chemical addition.
EEI received the award at the AWA Awards Dinner event on 21 October 2016.
EEI and South Australia based CRC CARE have signed an MOU for undertaking collaborative projects. Prof Ravi Naidu, CEO of CRC CARE and Dr Raj Kurup, CEO of EEI signed the agreement on 31 July 2015. This MOU will strengthen the project delivery capabilities of both CRC CARE and EEI, particularly in the area of pollution control. Under the agreement, CRC will provide project management services and EEI will provide technical support, in addition to making their innovative technologies available for CRC CARE projects.
The Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR ) has invited EEI CEO Dr Raj Kurup as their distinguished speaker at the 2014 MIECF in Macao on 27 – 29 March 2014. Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF) is a premier event initiated by the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR), with a strategic aim to nurture environmental business, technology and information exchange between the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region in Southern China and the international markets.
The theme of the 2014 MIECF is Energising Green Business Growth. Dr Kurup will deliver his speech on "Waste or wasted resources" on 28 March 2014.
Further details of 2014 MIECF is available on http://www.macaomiecf.com/MIECF2014/about.html
EEI opened its Indian office on 1 November 2013. The Indian division has been registered as EEI Solutions Pvt Ltd. A number of Govt and private sector projects are on the final stages of being awarded. EEI strongly feels that it is in a position to provide the best sustainable solutions in the areas of water and wastewater treatment, industrial pollution abatement, solid waste management and bio-energy development based on its 13 years of experience in Australia and other countries.
The Indian office will be based in Trivandrum.
Environmental Engineers International (EEI) is pleased to announce that Dr Raj Kurup will be the presenter for a special upcoming event hosted by Sustainable Engineering Society WA. Raj will be speaking about the successful retrofit of the EEI-Anammox process for Dardanup Butchering Company’s (DBC) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The seminar will be held on Wednesday the 20th of June at the Engineers Australia WA Auditorium. Registration is available to anyone, and EA members and students can attend for free. More information can be found at:
Since the implementation of the EEI-Anammox process two years ago, the DBC WWTP has consistently achieved excellent nitrogen removal, without any extra carbon addition. The plant is monitored online for various parameters to ensure its effective operation. The WWTP has achieved over 20% savings in overall electrical power since the implementation of the anammox process. Unlike the European case studies, the DBC WWTP has achieved over 95% TN reduction even during the winter months when the temperature has fallen below 15 degrees celsius.
Dr Raj Kurup is an internationally reputed and award-winning environmental engineer and project manager with over 25 years of professional experience in various facets of environmental monitoring, water and wastewater treatment engineering, sludge management, odour control and management and nutrient removal technologies. Raj has a long history of providing innovative solutions to challenging problems that are economical, environmentally and socially informed, technically advanced and operationally simple. He was awarded the title of Australia's Most Innovative Engineer in the Consulting Category from Engineers Australia in 2017 for his work in developing EEI’s anammox technology, and the WA Water Professional of the Year (2017) from the Australian Water Association.
EEI hope you can attend this exciting event.
EEI are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018/19 summer engineering internship program. Engineering students are offered the opportunity to learn more about being an engineer and complete their required vacation hours by working alongside a capable multi-disciplinary team on a diverse range of projects. The internship program is structured, with an aim to develop your skills to apply theoretical knowledge in practical situations, and to start your journey to become a good professional engineer.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
· Participation in the research and development of innovative technologies
· Introduction to the preparation of project proposals and tenders
· Learning from senior members in engineering design and technical report writing
· Opportunities for both site, laboratory and computer modelling experience, attending client meetings and developing your presentation skills
What We’re Looking For
· Enthusiastic penultimate or final year students of a civil/chemical/environmental/mechanical engineering background
· Motivation for excellence, working both individually and in a team, and a passion for creative thinking to solve engineering problems
· A background knowledge of water chemistry, water and wastewater engineering, hydraulic engineering, or mechanical design (including drawing) would also be desirable but is not essential
The engineering internship program is voluntary, and runs between November 2018 and February 2019. We also consider applications for students wanting to work with us during the university semester. As this is a voluntary program, we are flexible with contact hours with an objective to achieve the best outcome for both parties.
To apply, please submit a short cover letter, resume and academic transcript to
Applications close 19th of October 2018
EEI’s strength in research innovation has been recognised for a second consecutive year at the WA Australian Water Association (AWA) Water Awards Dinner 2018. The Self-Regulating Suspended Biogas Collector (SSBC) Technology developed by EEI won the coveted Research Innovation Award. While EEI’s field study of sensor technology for wastewater treatment plants was also an awarded finalist in the Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes category.
The SSBC is a new approach to gas capture for reactors and lagoons. The global biogas industry market is expected to grow to $48.8 billion by 2026, and there are significant economic and social benefits for Australian industry and the community resulting from the development of the SSBC technology.
EEI have always been passionate about implementing anaerobic technology where conditions are appropriate. It is the most energy and cost-effective treatment pathway for high organic wastewater streams. When engaging with local industry however, there is typically an inherent trepidation surrounding biogas collection and the anaerobic pathway.
The conventional biogas capturing technologies have a number of problems such as limited access to the internal of the reactors, risk of damage to the cover that can cause complete loss of methane produced, and difficulty in retrofitting to open reactors.
The SSBC can capture and retain produced biogas while floating on top of anaerobic lagoons or reactors. The system consists of a number of small floating biogas capturing modules that operate independently. The system also integrates live weighting to stabilise the modules from capsizing or to control internal pressure.
SSBC’s modular design negates the need to shut down the entire anaerobic system for maintenance. Desludging and crust removal operations of the anaerobic system itself have been shown to be much more accessible in contrast to the current technologies. The patented SSBC technology presents an opportunity for business to implement biogas energy generation with reduced maintenance costs and better production efficiency using a flexible system that can be retrofitted to current reactors or irregularly shaped lagoons.
The community also benefit through the improved environmental outcomes associated with increased renewable energy use to combat climate change, and odour prevention through improved opportunity to capture harmful gas emissions.
EEI wish to congratulate our fellow award winners and finalists and are keen to showcase continued innovation in 2019 and beyond.