VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2016) - International Wastewater Systems Inc. (the "Company") (CSE:IWS)(FRANKFURT:IWI)(OTC PINK:INTWF) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary SHARC Energy Systems (UK) Ltd. ("SHARC Energy") will form a strategic alliance with Scottish Water Horizons Ltd. ("Scottish Water Horizons"), the commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, a public water utility owned 100% by the Scottish Government.
Scottish Water serves approximately 5 million residential customers and 150,000 business customers in Scotland, and is the sole provider of water and waste water services to an area of over 30,000 square miles, a third of the area of Britain. Scotland has a coastline of over 6,800 miles, with a small and relatively dispersed population which requires a large number of small water and waste water treatment plants. Every day Scottish Water supplies 1.34 billion litres of drinking water and takes away 847 million litres of waste water from customers and treats it before returning it to the environment.
Scottish Water Horizons is mandated to drive Scottish Water's green agenda, developing renewable energy projects and leveraging commercial value from Scottish Water's assets to contribute to a greener and better connected Scotland.
Scottish Water Horizons and SHARC Energy are joining forces to help businesses and public organizations reduce heating costs and carbon emissions. The companies have confirmed their intention to establish a strategic alliance to expand and accelerate the deployment of Sewage Heat Recovery systems around Scotland ("Strategic Alliance").
The Strategic Alliance follows the launch of the UK's first Sewage Heat Recovery system, developed by SHARC Energy at Borders College in Galashiels, Scotland (approximately 5,500 students) which aims to displace 1.8 GWhs (Giga Watt hours) of natural gas and save 150 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
The innovative SHARC thermal heat recovery system developed by International Wastewater Systems has been deployed in numerous international locations, intercepts wastewater from sewers and uses heat pump technology to amplify the natural warmth of waste water. This generates an energy-saving, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly system for heating, cooling and hot water production in commercial, residential and industrial buildings.
The Strategic Alliance will support the Scottish Government's ambitious renewable heat and carbon reduction targets for 2020. It is the result of 2 years of informal collaboration between SHARC Energy and Scottish Water Horizons, which has created a £20 million (CAN$32.4 million) pipeline of potential installations across Scotland that when deployed would generate 170 GWHs per year of heating and cooling to displace the fossil fuel currently used.
Scottish Water Horizons has estimated that up to 750 such systems would need to be installed by 2020 to enable Scotland to achieve its carbon savings targets.
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Macdonald, Head of Scottish Water Horizons, said:
"The potential to deploy this technology is significant. Heat accounts for over half of Scotland's total energy use and we believe that by harnessing the natural resources of our vast waste water network, we can further the development of Scotland's low carbon economy, whilst protecting and enhancing the environment."
"Scottish Water treats over 900 million litres of waste water every year and we are determined to maximise the opportunities presented. Our alliance with SHARC Energy is an exciting opportunity which will help to accelerate the deployment of this proven technology on a wider scale, providing customers with an innovative and sustainable lower cost heating solution."
Commenting on the announcement, Russ Burton (COO) International Wastewater Systems, said:
"This announcement is a very exciting step for SHARC Energy and IWS and represents the culmination of two and a half years working with Scottish Water Horizons to identify opportunities for the SHARC technology. Having the support from Scottish Water Horizons will give customers the confidence in the SHARC technology, positioning it as a sustainable and viable wastewater heat recovery solution."
Lynn Mueller (CEO) International Wastewater Systems commented:
"IWS's strategic alliance with Scottish water is a significant milestone for our Company and demonstrates how far we have come in a very short space of time. We are delighted to be partnering with one of the world's leading water utility operations. This achievement truly is indicative of the scale of the opportunity we have uncovered."
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Lynn Mueller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
About Scottish Water Horizons Ltd.
Scottish Water Horizons Ltd is a commercial subsidiary wholly owned by Scottish Water. The company plays a key role in supporting the development of Scotland's sustainable and circular economy by making the most of the public utility's vast array of assets.
From generating renewable energy from waste, wind and solar power to recycling food and aggregates waste, Scottish Water Horizons is improving connections, communications and enabling sustainable development.
The company's growth strategy is to support Scotland as a developing Hydro Nation and take opportunities to harness Scottish Water's asset base through both its own development and working in partnership with other organisations including the public and private sectors.
About Scottish Water
Scottish Water provides clear fresh drinking water to 2.46 million households and 150,000 business premises across Scotland. Every day, Scottish Water also takes away 921 million litres of waste water, which is treated before being safely returned to the environment. In recent years, Scottish Water has been working to build an increasingly sustainable business.
About International Wastewater Systems Inc.
International Wastewater Systems Inc. (and its wholly owned subsidiary SHARC Energy Systems (UK) Ltd.) is a world leader in thermal heat recovery. IWS systems recycle thermal energy from wastewater, generating the most energy efficient and economical systems for heating, cooling & hot water for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. IWS is publicly traded in Canada (CSE: IWS), the United States (OTC: INTWF) and Germany (Frankfurt: IWI).
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