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EBI News for January 05, 2022- First Biodegradable Facemask Made In U.S.

EBI News for January 05, 2022 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, first biodegradable facemask made in U.S., acquisitions, and more!

Stantec continues to grow U.S. Environmental Services footprint

Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) is acquiring Cox McLain Environmental Consulting Inc. (CMEC, Austin, Texas), a 70-person firm focused on environmental compliance and planning, natural and cultural resource assessments and permitting, and wind and solar renewable energy projects. With offices in Texas, Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and Louisiana, CMEC will add depth to Stantec’s Environmental Services team in the South. “This transaction supports our strategy in Texas, and CMEC’s offices in Oklahoma add a new geographic presence to our United States operations,” said Gord Johnston, Stantec’s president and chief executive officer. CMEC is the latest investment in Stantec’s global environmental practice. In addition to the North American and Asia Pacific divisions of Cardno, Stantec has acquired Wenck based in Minnesota, Paleo Solutions in California, and Driven by Values in The Netherlands.

 

HZI and CarbonFree reduce waste management industry’s carbon footprint

Swiss-Japanese cleantech company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI, Zurich, Switzerland) and CarbonFree Chemicals Holding LCC (San Antonio, Texas) have agreed to jointly develop technologies for separating and mineralizing CO2 from flue gases of energy from-waste plants (EfW). This effort will be based on CarbonFree’s patented SkyCycle technology that allows CO2 contained in industrial flue gases to be captured at source. The CO2 is reacted with calcium to form mineral calcium carbonate – a non-toxic, reusable raw material. Fabio Dinale, vice president of business development at HZI, said: “In the best-case scenario, our joint efforts will help us to reduce CO2 emissions from EfW plants to zero, or even negative, and make our technologies even more embedded within the circular economy changing our plants from being WtE [waste-to-energy] to real WtX [waste-to-X] plants.”

 

First large-scale CO2-capture plant in cement production expected to halve emissions

Norwegian company HeidelbergCement Norcem is on track to realize the world’s first carbon capture facility for large-scale cement production, according to MAN Energy Solutions (Augsburg, Germany), which will supply the compressor system for the CCS plant. Using Carbon Capture Heat Recovery technology developed by MAN and Aker Carbon Capture (Lysaker, Norway), the new process allows heat from the compressor system to be recovered and used as steam to meet approximately one third of total heat demand from the Aker Carbon Capture plant. The system is expected to use significantly less energy than conventional carbon-capture technologies. From summer 2024, 400,000 tons of CO2 will be captured annually from the cement factory in Brevik, Norway, corresponding to 50% of the factory’s overall emissions. The cement industry contributes around 7% of global manmade CO2 emissions.

 

WSP USA to oversee delivery of resilient infrastructure across Texas

WSP USA (Austin, Texas) has been selected by the State of Texas General Land Office as the prime contractor to oversee engineering for resilient infrastructure projects. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s newly formed Community Development Block Grant Mitigation program provided the Land Office with $4.3 billion in funding; 70% has been earmarked for resilient water, transportation, environment, and facility infrastructure in communities hardest hit by the 2015/2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey. The 12-year contract has a ceiling value of over $50 million.

 

Clean TeQ Water launches phosphate removal and recovery technology

Clean TeQ Water (Melbourne, Australia) has launched Phosphix, combining the company’s Continuous Ionic Filtration technology with chemical precipitation to remove phosphate from water and recover a solid phosphorus product for reuse. According to Clean TeQ, Phosphix can achieve very low effluent concentrations (<0.1 ppm) with over 99% water recovery and provides phosphate recycling into hydroxyapatite, which can be used for fertilizer production. The system also reduces chemical consumption, halving the operating costs of commonly used precipitation systems. Phosphix is expected to “open the door to a range of markets… such as the EU where over 90% of phosphorus is imported.”

 

ELoMed offers first biodegradable facemask made in U.S.

ELoMed (West Palm Beach, Fla.), a woman- and minority-owned manufacturing company, has created a medical-grade facemask from biodegradable materials like corn, cassava, sugar cane, and sugar beet. The biodegradable, hypoallergenic fabric yields greater than 98% bacterial filtration efficiency and a high breathability rate. Tested to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards the masks are suitable for the healthcare industry and fill the gap between reusable fabric facemasks and disposable polypropylene masks. They are also free of toxins found in some traditional facemasks like formaldehyde, carcinogens, and artificial dyes.

 

Pace Analytical adds four Midwest lab locations

Pace Analytical Services (Minneapolis, Minn.) has acquired PDC Laboratories Inc. (Peoria, Ill.), a specialist in water quality, groundwater, landfill monitoring, and environmental testing services. “The services PDC provides dovetail nicely into the Pace laboratory network, allowing us to expand our capacity and get closer to customers in the heartland,” said Eric Roman, Pace CEO. PDC Laboratories began as a family business in 1981 and has grown to four laboratories across Illinois and Missouri. Earlier in December Pace announced that it had acquired Special Pathogens Laboratory (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in Legionella testing. Pace is a portfolio company of Aurora Capital Partners.

 

MW Solar secures C$50M commitment from GEM as company seeks public listing

MW Solar LLC (Delaware City, Del.) has signed an agreement with GEM Global Yield LLC SCS alternative investment group to provide a share subscription facility of up to C$50 million for a 36-month term following a public listing. MW Solar is developing a large-scale multi-location EV charging network under its ARC EV Charging brand. The facility will allow MW Solar to draw down funds by issuing shares of common stock to GEM. Randy Wright, co-founder of MW Solar, stated: “GEM’s commitment provides certainty of capital as we focus toward listing on a national public stock exchange.”

 

ENGEO and TerraCosta join forces

TerraCosta Consulting Group (San Diego, Calif.) is joining ENGEO Inc. (San Ramon, Calif.), creating a comprehensive geoscience company with more than 90 registered geotechnical, geologic, and environmental professionals. Established in 2001, TerraCosta is a geotechnical and coastal engineering firm specializing in coastal geomorphology and mitigation of adverse geotechnical conditions impacted by coastal processes, including sea level rise. Typical marine projects include coastal bluff properties, piers, marinas, waterfront facilities, and sea walls. Founded in 1971, ENGEO is an employee-owned firm of approximately 350 geotechnical and civil engineers and other professionals with offices throughout United States, New Zealand and Australia.

 

H2 Green Steel and Iberdrola announce €2.3 billion Green hydrogen venture

H2 Green Steel (H2GS, Stockholm, Sweden) and renewable energy company Iberdrola (Bilbao, Spain) announced a partnership to build a 1GW plant to produce green hydrogen and reduce CO2 emissions from steel production by 95%. The site will be located in the Iberian Peninsula, with production to start in 2025-2026. The electrolyzer will be jointly owned and operated by Iberdrola and H2 Green Steel. Iberdrola will deliver renewable energy to the plant, while the DRI (direct reduced iron) production, including any downstream green steel production processes, will be owned and operated by H2 Green Steel. The venture will be financed with public funding, green project financing and equity and will have a budget of approximately €2.3 billion. Together with Iberdrola, we are creating a broader European platform for the Green Hydrogen economy,” said Kajsa Ryttberg-Wallgren, EVP Head of Business Unit Hydrogen at H2 Green Steel.

 

California creates standardized methods for testing microplastics in drinking water

With concerns mounting over microplastics, California State Water Resources Control Board, in partnership with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, has developed the first standardized analytical methods in the world for testing and reporting microplastics in drinking water. Senate Bill 1422 also requires four years of testing and reporting of microplastics in drinking water, including public disclosure of those results. “Now that we can measure microplastics consistently from one lab to the next, we have the foundation to begin gathering data and determining the impacts,” said E. Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the State Water Board. Testing will initially focus on rivers, aqueducts and reservoirs.

 

Tetra Tech wins $24M carbon mitigation and biodiversity conservation contract

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) a five-year, $24 million single-award contract to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote biodiversity conservation in Cambodia. Tetra Tech will work with natural resource-dependent communities, the private sector, and other development partners to mitigate climate change, enhance biodiversity, increase economic development, and strengthen natural resource governance.

 

Matrix Solutions announces merger with Ecosystem Recovery

Employee owned environmental consulting, water, and engineering design firm Matrix Solutions (Calgary, Alberta) announced a merger with Ecosystem Recovery Inc. (ERI, Kitchener and London, Ontario). ERI specializes in helping clients assess, manage, and restore built and natural infrastructure with the goal of protecting communities from flood and erosion. The merger expands Matrix’s water resources presence in Southern Ontario. ERI was founded in 2013 and has around 20 consulting engineers, geomorphologists, ecologists, water quality experts, and technologists experienced in watercourse works and restoration, stormwater management, and structural flood mitigation.

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