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U.K. environmental consulting market grows by 5%

The market for environmental services in the United Kingdom grew for the third consecutive year coming out of the global recession, increasing by just over 5% to reach a total of £1.40 billion (about $2.45 billion U.S.), according to preliminary findings released by the U.K.-based environmental market research firm Environment Analyst. The U.K. environmental consulting market has shown consistent 5% annual growth in each of the past three years, girded by the overall economic recovery as well as by increased investment in national infrastructure projects. U.K.-based environmental consultancies were also helped by overseas projects and markets, with the top 34 U.K. consultancies reporting that international projects accounted for a total of 12% of their combined revenue. Regulated industries, and in particular oil, gas, and power, were major drivers of improved market conditions, although the renewable energy sector was not a significant contributor, reflecting wavering economic policies and subsidies, Environment Analyst said. The consultancies surveyed also enjoyed growth of about 11.5% in work from the construction, property, and transportation client sectors.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

House panel cites role of P3 in infrastructure rehab

Public-private partnerships (P3) can play a critical and pivotal role in the rehabilitation and expansion of U.S. infrastructure across all major sectors, including transportation, water, public buildings, and maritime, according to a recent report prepared by a panel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Billions of dollars of infrastructure needs in the U.S. are in search of funding, and well-executed public-private partnerships can enhance the delivery and management of infrastructure,” said Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), vice chairman of the committee and head of its P3 Panel. “P3s cannot provide the sole solution to all of the nation’s infrastructure needs, but they can offer significant benefits, particularly for high-cost, technically complex projects that otherwise may risk dying on the vine.” The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) praised the report and in particular welcomed its recommendation that federal limitations on tax-exempt bonds for public-private water and wastewater projects “be removed to give municipalities certainty that private activity bonds are available for innovative water projects.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fuel Tech acquires technology to convert coal to products

Air pollution control (APC) equipment provider Fuel Tech, Inc. (Warrenville, IL) announced that it has acquired the intellectual property rights associated with the CARBONITE fuel conversion process from the developer, Richard Wolfe, who has joined the company as vice president responsible for fuel conversion technologies. The CARBONITE process converts different grades of coal into valued-added products that are high-Btu, carbon-rich, and pollutant-reduced, according to Fuel Tech. “This acquisition is a strategic step in a measured development process that will apply Fuel Tech’s research and engineering resources to evolve the acquired intellectual property,” said Douglas Bailey, Fuel Tech’s chairman, president, and CEO. “We will leverage our knowledge of coal chemistries, combustion dynamics, system design, and process optimization to develop and commercialize products that are cleaner during both their production and end use as compared to conventional products and their associated processes.” Separately, Fuel Tech announced that it has recently won several APC equipment contracts from customers in China and the United States, amounting to $7.8 million in sales.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Cadmus partners with AtSite in building optimization

The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Waltham, MA), an environmental and sustainability consultancy, has formed a partnership with AtSite (Washington, DC), a provider of software technology and services to improve building performance, to combine their complementary capabilities in pursuit of opportunities in the building performance optimization market. The two companies will provide expanded building performance management services, including “ongoing commissioning” (OCx) building optimization services, around AtSite’s InSite cloud-based smart building platform. “We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with AtSite,” said Cadmus President and CEO Ian Kline. “High-performance building stakeholders depend on tools that deliver the data they need clearly, quickly, and with actionable applications. Partnering with AtSite enables us to offer a proven solution that will deliver more value to our clients to better help them achieve their goals.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Babcock & Wilcox to build WTE plant in Florida

Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W; Charlotte, NC) has been hired by the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County in Florida to build a second waste-to-energy (WTE) plant at the Renewable Energy Park in West Palm Beach. The plant will process more than 1.7 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per year and will generate enough electricity to power approximately 85,000 homes, the company said in a release. The new facility will use B&W technology, including a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) pollution control system, to eliminate 90 to 99% of acid gas, heavy metal, and dioxin emissions, according to the company. The construction is expected to be completed by the middle of 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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