Solid Waste & Recycling


Enquest now Elementa Group, winner in competition

According to the Sault Star, a company testing technology and that converts waste into energy in Sault Ste. Marie i...

According to the Sault Star, a company testing technology and that converts waste into energy in Sault Ste. Marie is changing its name.

Enquest is now named Elementa, “a company that offers a process that is elemental, inspired by nature itself, and proven at a commercial level, ready for market integration,” a news release states.

Elementa breaks carbon material such as waste down to the simplest molecular form, using a steam-based reformation process, creating clean energy and useful products from the base elements.

The company was a winner in the Clean Tech Companies category of Canada’s Top 10 Competition for 2009.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by the Canada’s Top 10 competition,” says Jayson Zwierschke, company president and CEO. “To have technology experts validate the potential of your process is one thing, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada did that for us earlier this year with a substantial grant commitment. Now, to have the business community vote for your potential as an economic success… that really feels good.”

Canada’s Top 10 is organized by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. It promotes sustainable economic development and brings together business, education and research to create winning economic conditions.

This summer, city council entered into a six-month memorandum of understanding with the company that could see a full demonstration plant be established.

Following the six months, a report will be prepared for council outlining the company’s successes and failures of the pilot project.

The city will continue moving forward with its environmental assessment to determine the future of the city’s waste.

The memorandum between the city and Elementa will net the company $3.4 million from Sustainability Development Technology Canada to build the facility in Sault Ste. Marie. A city capital contribution is not required.

A demonstration plant will, with environment ministry approval, process up to 75 tonnes of waste per day. Under the terms of the agreement, the demonstration plant must be built within five years of ministyr approval.

In addition, Elementa has said it will provide the city with a royalty or payback of $200,000 per plant up to $5 million if the demonstration plant nets the company contracts in other cities around the world.

The company is working with 12 other cities around the globe that have shown a significant interest in the technology.

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