Next Wave Impact | Aquacycl
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Aquacycl provides the only technology for distributed wastewater treatment that can reduce primary sludge, recover energy as direct electricity (no methane), and enable onsite water reuse. Aquacycl technologies result in a 20-95% reduction in treatment costs, while providing customers immediate savings through rental and service programs.

Orianna Bretschger , Founder and CEO

Dr. Orianna Bretschger, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Aquacycl. Prior to Aquacycl she was an Associate Professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute. Over her 8 years at The Institute she independently secured a research portfolio totaling nearly $12M and directed projects for NASA, NSF, The State of California PIER program, Synthetic Genomics Inc., SSC Pacific (SPAWAR), Hexpoint Inc., the San Diego Foundation and The Roddenberry Foundation. She has been developing bioelectrochemical systems for over a decade and currently manages a team of 8 interdisciplinary researchers. She has authored 31 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters, garnering over 1000 citations since 2006.

Dr. Bretschger also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for 18 different journals, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and is an appointed member of the inaugural New Voices advisory group of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.