Scalable, Modular, Onsite Wastewater Treatment

Aquacycl® provides the BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology (BETT®) for onsite wastewater treatment. The BETT® systems eliminate up to 80% of incoming primary sludge, recover energy as direct electricity (no methane), and can provide a 90% reduction in treatment footprint and a 50%-90% reduction in operating expenses relative to conventional aerobic approaches for high-strength wastewater streams.

Energy Recovered Naturally. No Methane.

Aquacycl’s BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology (BETT®uses natural and locally-sourced bacteria to convert organic waste and sludge into direct electricity without methane production. No need to ship live cultures. No genetically modified or engineered bacterial strains.

Customized for Your Needs

Aquacycl’s BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology (BETT®) units are modular and plug-and-play top operate with very little additional infrastructure and can integrate directly with existing collection/treatment systems.

Aquacycl News and Highlights

Aquacycl selected for Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders. Read more…

Aquacycl featured in Forbes article about the energy-water nexus. Read more…

Aquacycl is thrilled to announce that we have closed our Series A with Vopak Ventures as the lead investor. Read more…

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2180 Chablis Court, Suite 102, Escondido, CA 92029

80% of wastewater is discharged to the environment with minimal or no treatment. In many cases, conventional treatment technologies require significant investment in infrastructure and cost-prohibitive energy requirements. See how Aquacycl legacy projects and collaborations are impacting wastewater treatment and water access in low-income communities.

About Aquacycl

California-registered, woman-owned, business

Headquartered in San Diego, California

R&D and Manufacturing in San Diego and Tijuana, B.C. Mexico

Technology validated with dozens of effluents, including: soda, brewery, confectionery, swine waste, residential sewage, dairy, and many more

Active installations running since 2016

  • Swine farm wastewater treatment in Escondido, CA

  • Residential sewage wastewater treatment in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico

The Team

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Orianna Bretschger

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Ryoji Naito
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News and Highlights

Aquacycl selected for Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders.

Aquacycl featured in Forbes article about the energy-water nexus.

Aquacycl closed our Series A with Vopak Ventures as the lead investor. 

Vopak is the world’s leading tank terminal operator, storing vital products with care. With Vopak Ventures’ sustainability fund, Vopak focuses on ventures facilitating new sustainable solutions. This partnership represents not only funding, but an exciting opportunity for Aquacycl to apply our technology to another enormous environmental challenge – the remediation of hydrocarbons from water.

Aquacycl CEO won the Cartier Women’s Initiative Laureate for Science and Technology Pioneer.

Aquacycl presented a webinar May 4th on Sustainably Managing High Strength Wastewater in F&B.

Aquacycl’s BETT® system receives UL listing for US and Canada, demonstrating our commitment to the highest safety standards in our design and manufacturing. 

Aquacycl research paper: A practical demonstration of applicability and efficiency of platinum group metal-free based catalysts in microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment.

Aquacycl’s article: “A Sustainable Approach to Brewery Wastewater” published in MBAA Technical Quarterly.

Aquacycl was named the winner of the California Energy Visionary Award for Best in Low Carbon Generation by the California Energy Commission.

Aquacycl was selected as a semi-finalist for the Global Water Changemaker Award.

Aquacycl received SBA District Director’s Innovative Product Award by San Diego and Imperial Counties Small Business Administration.

Aquacycl was chosen as runner-up in the Climate Change category of the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity. Over 3,400 applicants competed for the prestigious award.

Aquacycl was selected for Launch Alaska’s tech cohort, scaling moonshot solutions to the planet’s biggest problems of food, waste, energy and mobility.

Aquacycl was featured in Global Water Intelligence’s report on “What happened to microbial fuel cells?”.

Aquacycl’s CEO, Orianna Bretschger, joins Aquatech Online breakout to discuss: “Going Circular: Water & Resource Recovery in the New Normal”

Aquacycl was selected as a finalist for the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity.

Aquacycl’s CEO, Orianna Bretschger, was featured on TMA BlueTech’s “Uncommon Paths to CEO”.

Aquacycl’s technical paper on how pretreatment improves Anaerobic Digester efficiency published in WE&T magazine.

Aquacycl is supporting COVID-19 relief efforts by producing and selling hand sanitizer for San Diego-based companies.

Aquacycl was granted our first solely owned utility patent, along with two design patents.

Aquacycl featured in Water Technology magazine.

Aquacycl selected for Plug and Play’s Spring 2020 Food Batch Accelerator. 

Aquacycl selected to present at NREL’s 2020 Industry Growth Forum.

Aquacycl won Connect-SDVG’s Most Innovative Product Award in the Cleantech category

Aquacycl’s CEO, Orianna Bretschger, was interviewed on the Water Values podcast.

Article about Aquacycl in Xconomy San Diego.

Aquacycl featured in Craft Brewing Business article

Aquacycl raises $4M seed funding

Aquacycl featured in Fast Company article

Aquacycl, BioLargo and Joshua Tree Brewery collaboration highlighted by the San Diego Daily Transcript:

Aquacycl awarded Innovation Conservation Program grant from Western Water Agencies and Federal Government:

Aquacycl awarded “People’s Choice Award, 2018” at the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open

Aquacycl awarded “Best New Technology Innovation, 2018” at the BlueTech Forum


Aquacycl (formerly Aquam Technologies LLC) selected as one of 12 companies for the 2018 Imagine H2O accelerator program

Aquacycl (formerly Aquam Technologies LLC) selected as a Top 25 company by SheEO

Aquacycl (formerly Aquam Technologies LLC) wins $5,000 at Hera Venture Summit Pitch 2017

Aquacycl (formerly Aquam Technologies LLC) wins 2nd place at Inaugural Green Pitch Slam at San Diego Startup Week

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2180 Chablis Court, Suite 102
Escondido, CA 92029

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