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Irish firm SCFI has announced an alliance with Air Products to streamline its customer offering whilst further developing commercial opportunities for AquaCritox®, its environmentally sustainable sludge and wet industrial waste destruction technology.

The alliance supports end users of AquaCritox by combining all the components needed (including both technology itself and the required oxygen equipment and supply) to deliver 99.99%+ organic wet waste destruction on site in a single-step, energy-positive process. It also marks the start of a joint global marketing initiative, as AquaCritox joins Air Products’ portfolio of atmospheric, process and speciality gases, performance materials and technology.

AquaCritox provides a unique, sustainable solution to the treatment of wet wastes (such as industrial organic wet waste streams, sewage and drinking water sludge). Its advanced super critical water oxidation (SCWO) process fully destructs wet waste, by oxidising all organic materials present and converting them into CO2, nitrogen and clean water. The process is sustainable, efficient and cost-effective, and is capable of simultaneously generating renewable energy, which can be recovered for heat applications or for the generation of electricity.

Under the alliance, Air Products will operate as SCFI’s preferred supplier in major markets for all oxygen equipment used during the SCWO process (from pumps to liquid storage tanks), as well as providing the oxygen supply needed to reduce the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of waste.

SCFI chief operating officer David Kerr explains: “We are delighted to announce our latest alliance with Air Products. By working together we can offer end users a full package solution that delivers seamless destruction of organic wet waste on site as an alternative to incineration. Not only does AquaCritox provide a cost-effective and efficient alternative to this and other contentious and costly disposal methods available today (such as landfill and land spreading), it also does so in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

The addition of AquaCritox to the Air Products portfolio will also help drive commercialisation on a global scale. Marketing support from Air Products will include lead generation activity, direct marketing initiatives and events.

Karolien Vanvooren-Hulsbosch, Water and Industrial Cryo Segment Manager Europe at Air Products says: “At Air Products we are committed to developing technologies to service the energy markets of the future. We recognise the huge potential AquaCritox has to revolutionise the treatment and disposal of wet wastes globally, as a secure and sustainable alternative to traditional practices. We look forward to working closely with the SCFI team to develop suitable business opportunities across the wet waste treatment industry and for our customers.”

As well as working with Air Products, SCFI also has strategic partnerships in place with two world-class engineering partners: Parsons (to design, engineer and globally market AquaCritox plants) and Rockwell Automation (to deliver market-leading automation and control software and construction).

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SCFI’s sustainable sludge destruction technology, AquaCritox, has been selected as one of the world’s leading environmental solutions at this September’s prestigious international Energy Globe Awards.

Energy Globe Awards

Held at Vienna’s City Hall, the annual awards celebrate outstanding pioneering projects and technologies from across the world that address today’s most pressing environmental issues.

The Energy Globes attracted an impressive 6,000 projects and entries from over 150 countries, with SCFI’s AquaCritox shortlisted as one of the top four entries in the awards’ ‘Water’ category. Nominees were awarded across five categories: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth and Irish firm SCFI joined 13 other nations to be honoured by a panel of high-profile speakers, including former Indian environmental minister Maneka Gandhi; Australian attorney and Bush Heritage Australia Board Member, Leanne Liddle; Brazilian State Secretary for Solidarity Economy, Paul Singer and former World Bank Inspection Panel Director from Ghana, Professor Eduard Ayensu.

Comments SCFI chief operating officer David Kerr: “Being recognised on a global scale by such a renowned and respected environmental platform marks a huge a success for us at SCFI. We have dedicated years into developing a solution to what is a huge commercial, social and environmental problem globally – namely the disposal of wet waste. Our AquaCritox technology does just this – fully destructing wet waste in an economical, sustainable process while simultaneously generating renewable energy. We’re honoured that global environmental experts have recognised the technology’s unique benefits.”

AquaCritox is the only technology to fully destruct wet organic waste in a sustainable process. It offers an attractive alternative to current methods of incineration, landfill and land-spreading, delivering 99.99%+ destruction of organic waste safely, without generating any hazardous emissions or odours. As well as reducing the carbon footprint of a treatment plant, AquaCritox recovers valuable by-products and is the first technology to have a positive energy balance from processing wet waste.

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The recent banding review under DECC’s Renewables Obligation (RO) has seen SCFI’s world-first AquaCritox technology awarded the highest level of financial support available for waste to energy technologies.

Under the definitions for the new ‘advanced conversion technologies’ RO band, between 2013 and 2015 the sustainable wet waste destruction technology is eligible to receive 2 ROCs per MWh of renewable electricity generated, which will later evolve to 1.9 ROCs in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17.

Comments SCFI chief operating officer David Kerr: “We’re delighted that AquaCritox can receive the maximum number of RO certificates (ROCs) under the scheme. This is a clear acknowledgement of the technology’s high efficiency and deployment potential, as well as its ability to help contribute towards long-term carbon reduction targets in theUK.”

AquaCritox is the only technology to fully destruct wet organic waste in an economical, sustainable process while simultaneously generating renewable energy. It offers an attractive alternative to current methods of incineration, landfill and land-spreading, delivering 99.99%+ destruction of organic waste safely, without generating any hazardous emissions or odours. As well as reducing the carbon footprint of a plant, AquaCritox recovers valuable by-products and is the first technology to have a positive energy balance from processing wet waste.

Adds Kerr: “The disposal of wet waste is a major commercial, social and environmental problem for the waste sector globally and there is a vital need for a sustainable, effective and commercially viable solution. AquaCritox does just this and with ROC support granted for 20 years, it is now an even more compelling option for the industry, offering long-term certainty and financial stability for investors.”

The RO scheme is expected to continue to make a powerful impact on theUK’s economy, driving rapid growth in large-scale renewable electricity generation, reducing consumer bills, ensuring energy security and helping meet 2020 carbon reduction targets.

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About SCFI Group Ltd

Super Critical Fluids International (SCFI) Group Ltd is an Irish company that owns the patents and worldwide rights to the super critical water oxidation technology named AquaCritox®. The AquaCritox product is used in the destruction of wet organic wastes and provides a single step, energy positive, cost effective solution with no hazardous or toxic emissions. SCFI is actively commercialising this technology on a global basis as a green and sustainable alternative to other disposal methods, such as incineration, landfill and land spreading. www.scfi.eu

 

SCFI Media Contacts:

Katie Watson / Jackie Bates

Richmond Towers Communications

26 Fitzroy Square

London W1T 6BT

Tel: + 44 (0)207 388 7421

Email: Katie@rt-com.com / Jackieb@rt-com.com

 

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Irish firm SCFI has received a declaratory ruling from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) – part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) – qualifying its world-first AquaCritox wet waste destruction technology as a Class 1 renewable energy source.

 

The ruling means the technology is now eligible for generous ‘low emission’ and ‘zero emission’ renewable energy credits (LRECs/ZRECs) for the electricity it generates – worth $200 – $350 per MW hr. Renewable energy generators are given the opportunity to compete for a 15 year revenue stream from the sale of RECs to Connecticut’s two electric utilities (CL&P and UI) in a bidding process.

 

Comments SCFI’s chief operating officer David Kerr: “Receiving this declaratory ruling means AquaCritox has been recognised by the State as both an environmentally-sound solution and a financially beneficial investment.

 

“The disposal of wet waste is a significant commercial and environmental strain across the globe with billions of dollars spent each year on the disposal of sewage sludge alone. AquaCritox presents the perfect solution, delivering the full destruction of organic waste in a sustainable, cost-effective process while providing a net energy gain. Now, with the introduction of LREC/ZREC credits, there’s an even bigger financial incentive to invest.”

 

The award-winning AquaCritox technology is up to 100% more efficient than competing technologies. Its Super Critical Water Oxidation (SCWO) process is a single step solution that is proven to deliver 99.99%+ destruction of sludge in a fast, safe, odourless process. It generates significant amounts of excess heat, which can be recovered for heat applications or for the generation of electricity, reducing a plant’s carbon footprint. The technology offers a substantial decrease in costs compared to other existing practices, eliminating the need for expensive dewatering, drying, incinerating and trucking as well as shipping and land spreading costs. It also opens up new revenue streams for the industry by generating renewable energy and recovering valuable resources, such as phosphorus and CO2.

 

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About SCFI Group Ltd

Super Critical Fluids International (SCFI) Group Ltd is an Irish company that owns the patents and worldwide rights to the super critical water oxidation technology named AquaCritox®. The AquaCritox product is used in the destruction of wet organic wastes and provides a single step, energy positive, cost effective solution with no hazardous or toxic emissions. SCFI is actively commercialising this technology on a global basis as a green and sustainable alternative to other disposal methods, such as incineration, landfill and land spreading. www.scfi.eu

 

SCFI Media Contacts:

Katie Watson / Jackie Bates

Richmond Towers Communications

26 Fitzroy Square

London W1T 6BT

Tel: + 44 (0)207 388 7421

Email: Katie@rt-com.com / Jackieb@rt-com.com

 

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