Bioremediation is a natural process that uses micro-organisms to transform harmful substances into non-toxic carbon dioxide, water and fatty acids. There is an almost unlimited supply of information that supports the successful application of bioremediation for the cleaning up of contamination, backed by agency clean-up closure certification.
Micro-organisms, like all living creatures, require nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphate, carbon, water and environment to grow and survive. When these conditions are present, some micro-organisms will break down organic contaminants as a source of carbon for energy and growth. We provide a combination of chemical, microbiological and process technology that is synergistic in eliminating contamination. In general, we use a biodegradable chemical application to disperse the contamination into very small droplets. With this solution, there are nutrients, water, enzymes and microbes.
Since many of the better microbes used to consume petrochemical contamination are aerobic, we also add slow oxygen release agents to our solutions. Each of these additives plays a role in making our process work. By breaking the contamination into small droplets we create an exponentially greater surface area for the microbes to have access to the contamination.
Around each droplet is a life support environment for the microbes to flourish, which consists of water and nutrients. The enzymes present, break the contamination down so that the microbes can consume the carbon. This is very similar to the metabolic process used by humans to break down fats, sugars and other food substances.
What distinguishes bioremediation from other remediation techniques?
There are several advantages of bioremediation: