European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference

AFECO present bio-cage at Biosolids Conference

Building on the success of our sludge dewatering product, bio-cage, AFECO co-presents with Southern Water on the success of over 50 installations at the International Biosolids Conference

The European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference, held at Leeds on 13th – 14th November 2018, is widely recognised as one of the industries leading events. AFECO’s Technical Manager, Dr Phil Thomas, will be presenting a paper at this event co-authored with Southern Water on the success to date of our bio-cage sludge thickening solution.

Bio-cage is a simple mechanical product designed to increase the dry solids content of sludge on wastewater treatment sites to reduce the cost and carbon impact of sludge transport.

Following an initial trial, Southern Water have implemented a full scale roll out which to date has included over 50 sites. The presentation looks at performance data, site impacts and sludge volume reductions. To date the total roll-out has seen a sub-2 year payback on transport costs alone.

Phil said “presenting at this conference is an excellent opportunity to highlight the work we have undertaken with Southern Water with the bio-cage. The fact that this is a joint presentation with Southern Waters Optimisation Team shows how satisfied they are with the project and the success which has been achieved so far. We are looking forward to sharing this information with the rest of the industry in Leeds.”




AFECO is a dynamic, specialist engineering services and solutions provider focussed on servicing the immediate and future needs of the water, marine and energy sectors. We offer a comprehensive range of professional services, solutions and products, based on a strong core expertise of process, chemical, mechanical, electrical and ICA engineering. With services ranging from the provision of expert consultancy, asset optimisation, concept development, engineering design, site installation and commissioning, we have the skills and experience to provide a complete and integrated project delivery and support service. With a strong focus on robust and appropriate, yet innovative and cost-effective solutions, we have established a reputation of professionalism, efficiency and innovation. AFECO is a subsidiary of EcoGenR8 Limited, a cleantech innovation and development company.

Southern Water Services Limited is a private utility company, responsible for providing drinking water and wastewater services across the South East of the UK, covering Kent, East and West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Southern Water supply drinking water to approximately 1 million households from 83 water treatment works along 13,837 kilometres of water mains. They are also responsible for the collection and treatment of wastewater in this region, treating 718 million litres of wastewater at 365 treatment works through a network of 2,375 pumping stations and 39,600 kilometres of sewers. Southern Water is owned by Greensands Investments Limited, a consortium made up of pension and infrastructure funds.