Accept the greater challenge – Tyler Kirkmann, Cerahelix’s Project Scientist

Next week Tyler Kirkmann, Cerahelix’s Project Scientist, will present Cerahelix’s ceramic picofiltration technology at the International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM) in Atlanta.     ICIM is the premier international conference focused on inorganic membranes. In recent years inorganic membranes have received more attention because of their potential to solve important technological and societal challenges in the 21st century such as:   Efficient production of fuels and chemicals Renewable energy Drinking water Environmental remediation Climate change mitigation     Tyler is excited…

Why did we start a business in vacationland? – Recognizing Maine’s favorable startup culture

Why are you in Maine? People ask us this question often, and they are right to be curious. Maine is a remote corner of the United States, and our PicoHelix systems will most likely be deployed to customers around the globe. Why did we start a business in a state known as “Vacationland”, where most people come to get away from it all?   In recognition of the Maine Startup and Create Week 2016, we wanted to address these questions and…

Is ZLD right for you? – A comprehensive framework

In our previous blog, we defined ZLD, or Zero Liquid Discharge, as technologies which concentrate waste water until only solids and reusable “clean” water remains or, more broadly, which produce a “close to zero” amount of liquid waste.   As a sustainable solution this seems ideal, but as with with most technologies there are tradeoffs. When evaluating a technology such as ZLD, the evaluation must go beyond the perspective of a single company and also consider all the short- and long-term impacts…

What’s the Deal with ZLD (Zero Liquid Discharge)?

There has been increased attention on ZLD technologies in the news over the past two years. New regulations and awareness of the water crisis have prompted businesses to adopt new technologies which treat waste water in ways that are more efficient and sustainable. ZLD, or Zero Liquid Discharge, are technologies which concentrate waste water until only solids and reusable “clean” water remains or, more broadly, which produce a “close to zero” amount of liquid waste.   Since ZLD technologies recover…

How competitors become collaborators to improve the environmental performance in Canada’s Oil Sands – COSIA

    COSIA stands for Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, a unique approach to bringing oil producers together to minimize the environmental impact of their operations in Canada’s Oil Sands. COSIA is unique in that it provides a platform for the sharing of innovative approaches to improve environmental performance of Canadian oil sands mining. Three significant benefits of this type of forum include: Transparency in the common challenges facing oil sands producers Collaboration among all member companies to find technologies that…

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