About CNP North America

CNP Technology Water and Biosolids Corporation designs and supplies systems for nutrient recovery and sludge optimization. Led by a team of wastewater industry veterans and supported globally by engineers with decades of experience in biosolids treatment, CNP continues to pioneer innovative wastewater system solutions.

Gerhard Forstner
CNP North America President

Forstner joined CNP in 2013 and leads CNP in its phosphorous recovery and Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process initiatives. Forstner is highly experienced in primary, secondary and tertiary treatment systems and has worked in both the municipal and industrial wastewater industries. He has a thorough understanding of biosolids treatment systems, including thermal hydrolysis systems, drying and gasification technologies. A native of Austria, Forstner graduated from Kapfenberg Technical College in Austria with an Electrical Engineering degree. He holds a MBA from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Forstner began working in wastewater, water and sludge treatment in 2001.

Menachem Tabanpour
V.P. of Business Development

Tabanpour joined CNP in 2017 after CNP acquired licensing rights the CalPrex from his previous company Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling (NRU). He holds an appointment as a Research Specialist in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he continues to work on methods for upcycling nutrients. His experience related to nutrient recovery goes back to 2002, when he began research on controlled struvite crystallization under Professor Barak’s supervision. A technology was later patented with Tabanpour listed as a co-inventor.

Zhongtian Li, Technical Manager

Li joined CNP in 2016 and is the lead developer of pilot testing and project commissioning procedures for phosphorous recovery and Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process initiatives in North America. He gained valuable industry knowledge while interning as: a Processing Engineering Intern for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County; and as a Environmental Engineering Intern for the city of San Diego. A native of China, Li graduated from Shandong Agricultural University in China with an Environmental Science and Biotechnology degree. He holds an MS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. from the UCLA in Civil Engineering.

Joseph Hughes, Project Manager

Hughes joined CNP in 2014 and has over 30 years of experience working with biosolids equipment and processes. He is the current CNP Project Manager working directly with the Kenosha treatment plant, consulting engineers and the contractor to integrate and optimize multiple technologies to meet a range of performance requirements. The Kenosha Water Utility (KWU) has the first U.S. installation of PONDUS (TCHP). KWU received a We Energies renewable energy grant due to the biogas production increase from the PONDUS process. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.