The University of Iowa and Heartland Pork Enterprises have announced a new technology using ultrasound to treat livestock and municipal waste facilities.

The technology uses acoustic waves, which cause disintegration and homogenization of waste material and stimulate a biochemical reaction in the waste-treatment process. Rapid vibrations and a burst of heat, along with pressure, cause chemical reactions that produce hydrogen peroxide and other powerful oxidizers.

According to Ultra Solutions president Jim Krug, the technology has exceeded initial laboratory expectations. Field tests show significant odor control, a reduction in hydrogen-sulfide emissions and the reduction of biological oxygen demand. Krug believes there will be additional benefits, such as improved lifestock performance, health benefits for producers and the elimination of chemical additives to treat livestock waste.