Gradiant, Global Water Solutions Provider, Awarded $20M in New Contracts in India

New projects deliver Gradiant’s full-technology stack solutions to India’s renewable energy and industrial clients.

BOSTON, Nov 16, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Gradiant, a global solutions provider for advanced water and wastewater treatment, is pleased to announce awards of $20 million in new contracts in September and October 2022. The awards are for clients in the manufacturing of photovoltaic cells (or solar cells) renewable energy and industrial protective equipment. All three projects will be delivered as design-build contracts.

One of the largest solar companies in India has partnered with Gradiant at a manufacturing site in the Western Region for ammonia and fluoride removal and wastewater treatment. The new facility will recover, neutralize, and treat complex wastewater rinse streams from photovoltaic cell production to levels that meet the client’s sustainability goals and local discharge limits.

Gradiant has also partnered with a leader in the renewable energy business for the design-build of two facilities for ultrapure water and wastewater treatment to support a new photovoltaic cell manufacturing site also in Western Region. The project will include Gradiant’s patented RO Infinity™ membrane technology to treat industrial wastewater streams. The zero liquid discharge (ZLD) facility will reduce wastewater to only salt and solid wastes.

“We are experiencing strong growth in the India market across multiple strategic verticals,” said Prakash Govindan, Co-Founder & COO of Gradiant. “India was already one of the fastest growing economies in the world and is well positioned to gain as global companies review their sourcing and manufacturing footprints to de-risk and diversify their supply chains. We are also witnessing a clean energy transition in India, as the country builds out renewable energy infrastructure and its supply to the world. This local market has always been important to India, and Gradiant is ready to support our clients with advanced water solutions as they shift or double-down their local manufacturing operations.”

In addition to these renewable energy projects, Gradiant is working with a leading manufacturer of industrial protective equipment for their new facility in Southern India. Gradiant will deliver an effluent treatment and ZLD waste minimization system. The plant will feature Gradiant’s Carrier Gas Extraction™ (CGE) for ZLD and SmartOps™ for AI-powered asset performance optimization, and a membrane biological reactor (MBR) for advanced wastewater treatment.

Gradiant entered the India market in 2018 to engage with major international and domestic companies to solve their advanced water and wastewater challenges in water recycling, minimum and zero liquid discharge, and ultrapure water. Clients are served by in-country expertise from Gradiant’s main office in Chennai while collaborating and leveraging global process and engineering resources. The India team is comprised of 80 expert engineers and staff today, with plans to increase headcounts across the country.

Novolyze Announces B Corporation Certification

Leader in food safety and quality digitalization technology achieves leading business sustainability certification


BETHESDA, Md. and DAIX, France, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novolyze, the smart food safety and quality digitalization company, today announced that it has been certified as a B Corporation™ (B Corp™), affirming its long-term commitment to accountability and transparency in measuring societal and environmental impact.

To achieve the B Corp certification, companies must undergo a rigorous verification process administered by the nonprofit, B Lab. Through this process, the B Lab assesses the end-to-end impacts of their businesses including reviewing how their operations affect workers, customers, the environment and more. As part of the verification assessment, Novolyze received numerous high marks, significantly outpacing other B Corp certified companies in the U.S. market and the technology industry in categories including Health, Wellness and Safety (83rd percentile), Career Development (83rd percentile) and Mission Locked – Impact Business Model — where the company scored a perfect 100 percent.

“At Novolyze, we are constantly looking to deliver business value in the most ethical, responsible and progressive way possible,” said Karim-Franck Khinouche, Founder and CEO of Novolyze. “And to surpass the criteria of such a rigorous assessment like B Corp, it shows us that we are on the right path to achieving our broader business goals of making the world a better place and establishing ourselves as one of the most sustainability minded partners in the technology marketplace.”

Serving some of the largest food and beverage brands today – including Mars, Cargill, Nestle, and many more – Novolyze has quickly established itself as one of the leaders in food safety and quality control processes throughout the U.S. and Europe. Through Novolyze’s software platform, brands can harness the power of real-time data unification and leverage digital tools to help them mitigate risks, ensure compliance, augment plant performance and increase sustainability. This certification comes on the heels of a $15 million Series A fundraising round in late 2021.

Moreover, with the broader food industry accounting for a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the need for an increasing network of B Corp certified companies throughout the industry has never been more important. Through the use of its patented solutions, Novolyze has been able to help its clients reduce their carbon footprint and related water consumption by more than 15% on average.

“In order to create a more sustainable and resilient world for tomorrow, businesses not only need to focus on their own efforts, but also how they can help their others hit their own climate responsibility goals,” said Karim. “With that in mind, we have continued to work as hard as possible to emerge as a trusted partner both in terms of performance as well as social and climate responsibility. Thus, to be certified as a B Corp is both a source of tremendous pride as well as a catalyst that we will use to push ourselves further on our journey to hit more ambitious internal and external sustainability goals.”

Factorial Energy to Open New Solid-State EV Battery Facility in South Korea

Factorial Energy (Factorial), an industry leader in the development of solid-state battery technology for electric vehicle (EV) applications, today announced the opening of a new office in Pangyo, South Korea. The new site in South Korea is expected to strengthen Factorial’s relationships with strategic partners in the region.

The opening is part of Factorial’s plan to strengthen its support for its existing and anticipated future customers as well as strategic suppliers. “The Pangyo Techno Valley is abundant with diverse talent offering Factorial the opportunity to expand our engineering and customer support capabilities,” said Siyu Huang, CEO of Factorial. “We believe our expansion into South Korea will help us to identify strategic partners along the supply chain and attract additional talent from the region.”

Factorial is developing the next generation of battery technology for electric mobility. The company has existing relationships with automakers Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis, and Hyundai Motor Company to develop safer and higher-performance solid-state EV battery cells for future passenger and commercial vehicles.

WindESCo and Deloitte sign agreement for wind energy market in Spain

WindESCo has signed a distribution agreement with Deloitte to expand WindESCo’s offerings to wind assets in Spain. Deloitte will be bringing WindESCO’s two SaaS offerings – Find, Fix, Measure and SwarmT to its existing and new clients in the region.

WindESCo Swarm is a patented solution for autonomous, cooperative control of wind assets. The system enables turbines to cooperatively adjust positioning to mitigate wake effects and increase production for the entire farm, as well as monitor for issues such as rotor imbalance, and build resiliency for farms in a climate that is ever changing.

WindESCo’s Find, Fix, Measure uses high resolution SCADA, rather than standard 10-minute SCADA, to detect over 60 known issues that contribute to decreases in energy production. Find, Fix, Measure continuously monitors for these issues and can alert asset managers through its portal.

Schlumberger Partners with Gradiant to Deliver Sustainable Production of Battery-Grade Lithium Compounds

HOUSTON & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Schlumberger announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Gradiant, a global water solutions provider, to introduce a key sustainable technology into the production process for battery-grade lithium compounds.

As part of Schlumberger’s NeoLith Energy direct lithium extraction (DLE) and production flowsheet, Gradiant technology is used to concentrate the lithium solution and generate fresh water—a critical element in sustainable lithium production from brine.

“Proper natural resource management is essential in mineral production, and nowhere more so than in lithium,” said Gavin Rennick, president of Schlumberger’s New Energy business. “The unprecedented growth in demand for this critical mineral requires high-quality production without compromising sustainability. The integration of Gradiant technology into our direct lithium extraction (DLE) flowsheet has been key in our strategy to improve sustainability in the global lithium production industry.”

Gradiant’s new solution enhances the impact of the sustainable lithium extraction process—reduced time-to-market and environmental footprint. The technology enables high levels of lithium concentration in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods, while also reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption, and capital costs when compared to thermal-based technologies. This technology integration can be applied into new lithium mineral extraction and production sites, opening opportunities to untapped lithium production regions, as well as existing lithium production operations.

The collaboration will enable the lithium industry to meet surging mineral demand with a previously unattainable level of water utilization, by simultaneously lowering the consumption of fresh water and reducing wastewater.

“We are excited to be working with Schlumberger, with whom we are pioneering a new era of sustainable mineral resource recovery,” said Prakash Govindan, COO of Gradiant. “This is made possible by Gradiant’s deep understanding of the complex chemistry that underlies the production processes, which is then operationalized by machine learning and digital technology. The sustainability impact of the integrated Schlumberger process, combined with Gradiant solutions, is a game-changer for the lithium production market. This strategic partnership will enable the global expansion of Gradiant’s technology in this important industry.”

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) is a technology company that partners with customers to access energy. Our people, representing over 160 nationalities, are providing leading digital solutions and deploying innovative technologies to enable performance and sustainability for the global energy industry. With expertise in more than 120 countries, Schlumberger collaborates to create technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all. In the world of new energy, Schlumberger leverages its intellectual and business capital to focus on low-carbon and carbon-neutral technologies, including ventures in the domains of hydrogen, lithium, energy storage, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, geothermal power and geoenergy.

For more information, visit www.newenergy.slb.com

About Gradiant

Gradiant is a global solutions provider for advanced water and wastewater treatment. With a full suite of differentiated and proprietary end-to-end solutions, powered by the top minds in water, Gradiant serves its clients’ mission-critical operations in the world’s essential industries. Gradiant was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is uniquely positioned to address the world’s increasing challenges created by industrialization, population growth, and water stress. Today, with over 450 employees, Gradiant operates from its global headquarters in Boston, regional headquarters and global technology labs in Singapore, and offices across twelve countries.

For additional information, visit www.gradiant.com

Carbon capture begins at NTPC’s power plant in India

Carbon capture is underway at NTPC’s 500MW coal-fired power plant (Unit-13) at Vindhyachal  Super Thermal Power Station, in Madhya Pradesh, India.

NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA) has selected Carbon Clean and Green Power International Pvt. Ltd to set up the carbon capture plant at NTPC Vindhyachal. This plant is designed to capture 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day, which will use a modified tertiary amine to capture CO2, from the flue gas of the power plant. The CO2 will eventually be combined with hydrogen to produce 10 tonnes per day of methanol through a catalytic hydrogenation process.

The capture of CO2 from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants, and its conversion to methanol, is a priority area for NTPC and is expected to create potential new business opportunities and revenue streams for the company.

Aniruddha Sharma, Chair and CEO of Carbon Clean, said:

“We are thrilled to see our technology begin to capture carbon from NTPC’s plant and look forward to seeing how the CO2 to methanol project develops in the future. This project demonstrates how carbon capture supports industrial decarbonisation, as well as providing opportunities for companies to join the growing circular carbon economy.”

Surbhi Puri, Director, Green Power International added:

“It is a great honour and achievement to successfully demonstrate the carbon capture project at NTPC’s Vindhyachal plant. It is a matter of great pride for us to work with Carbon Clean on this project that will help deliver a greener and cleaner future. Decarbonisation through carbon capture is the future. With this small contribution towards the net zero economy, we hope to inspire the industry to make further strides in this decarbonisation drive.”

Carbon Clean’s CDRMax™ carbon capture technology can be used with point source gases that contain CO2 concentrations between 3% and 25% by volume and produces CO2 with purities greater than 99%, which can then be sold, re-used, or sequestered. The CDRMax™ process uses the company’s proprietary solvent, process equipment design, and advanced heat integration to significantly reduce both capital and operating costs.

ORNL, CHASM™ partner to drive decarbonization of cement

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and CHASM™ Advanced Materials (CHASM) are joining forces to advance scalable decarbonization technologies from discovery through deployment through a new memorandum of understanding, or MOU.

The production of cement, an essential ingredient of concrete, is responsible for 8% of the world’s anthropogenic CO2 – nearly 3 billion tons per year. The high-temperature process (-1450 °C), known as calcination, converts calcium carbonate (CaCO 3), the principal component of limestone, to calcium oxide (CaO), or lime, releasing CO2. CO2 is released from both the heating process (40%) and the reaction during calcination (60%). Overall, the process emits more than 800 kg of CO2 for every metric ton of cement produced and represents most of concrete’s overall carbon footprint.

One common way to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint is to substitute cement with other cementitious materials like fly ash, but the use of high volumes of fly ash can substantially reduce the overall stiffness, flexural strength and early compressive strength of concrete. Research has shown that the addition of very small quantities of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) led to the production of concrete with unprecedented improvements in mechanical properties, potentially offsetting the effects of high volumes of fly ash. However, these results were obtained using non-scalable processes to overcome the challenges of dispersing CNTs in the mixture.

CHASM Advanced Materials is a leader in creating innovative product platforms for a safer, more connected and sustainable world, and is actively pursuing partnerships to rapidly advance the development and manufacture of CNTs and CNT hybrids to decarbonize cement through its NTeC™ platform. CHASM is pursuing opportunities in applications that range from building materials to advanced manufacturing processes.

ORNL is actively involved in the development of materials with a broad range of applications from energy storage to advanced manufacturing. The purpose of the partnership with CHASM is to develop a collaboration roadmap to support CHASM’s develop and deployment efforts, and to explore opportunities where CHASM’s advanced technologies can help reduce carbon emissions associated with cement processes and materials.

“CHASM is proud to partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accelerate scalable cement decarbonization solutions,” Dave Arthur, CHASM CEO, said. “We are on a mission to develop low-carbon, low-cost, cement, and our partnership with ORNL will redefine what’s possible for the national and global concrete industry.”

Under the new MOU, the potential collaborative activities may include:

  • Optimization of the proportion of CHASM’s additive, NTeC, to maximize fly-ash usage and displacement of carbon-intensive cement in concrete.
  • Optimization of the dispersion process of CHASM’s NTeC additive to be compatible with construction practices in the field.
  • Exploring the benefit of the demonstrated self-sensing property CHASM’s NTeC additive imparts in concrete for stress monitoring and life-cycle management of structures.
  • Developing a framework for deploying this solution across the construction industry.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. The Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit energy.gov/science.

CHASM Advanced Materials is a developer and manufacturer of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and CNT hybrids – a new class of advanced materials for safer, more connected and sustainable living. Better connected smart cities, ice-free vehicle sensors and lights, faster charging and discharging EV batteries, greener concrete, and abundance of pure water are all innovations powered by CHASM. Our nanotube hybrids offer superior performance, lower cost and greater scalability versus using these materials alone or combining them using traditional methods. Applications include the decarbonization of concrete, transparent conductors, flexible printed electronics, rechargeable batteries, and automotive tires. For more information, please visit http://www.CHASMtek.com.

Gradiant Earns Top Rankings in the Real Leaders ECO Innovation and Great Place to Work Awards

Gradiant, a global solutions provider and developer for cleantech water, was named 7th in the world in the Real Leaders ECO Innovation Awards 2022 for companies creating positive environmental impact and received a Great Place to Work award for its Singapore regional headquarters and Global Technology Labs.

“Our awards from Real Leaders and Great Place to Work are a testament to the innovation culture and sustainability impact of Gradiant”

“Our awards from Real Leaders and Great Place to Work are a testament to the innovation culture and sustainability impact of Gradiant,” said Anurag Bajpayee, Co-Founder and CEO of Gradiant. “The culture of Gradiant is inspiring, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team for achieving this international recognition. This status reaffirms our position as an employer of choice, creating differentiation and a positive work experience for our teams across the world. We look forward to furthering our workplace culture and employee experience efforts using the data from the Great Place to Work survey.”

The Real Leaders ECO Innovation award honors companies applying innovative environmental solutions for the greater good. It is an annual global ranking of companies that drive environmental impact in all major sectors of the economy. Gradiant ranked 7th in the world for its proprietary Carrier Gas Extraction (CGE) technology that was used to deliver sustainable water solutions for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical brand owner in Singapore. Gradiant’s CGE process effectively mimics the rain cycle to treat industrial wastewater using thermodynamic processes and resulted in a 96% water recovery rate and up to 30% capital expenditures and 40% operating cost savings compared to competitor technologies.

Gradiant Singapore was named a Great Place to Work for 2022 to 2023, chosen from anonymous employee surveys. Great Place to Work is an independent research and consulting firm, and its certification process considers more than 60 elements of the overall job experience. Eighty percent (80%) of employees at Gradiant say it’s a great place to work, compared to only 53% of employees at a typical Global company. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of employees said they felt a sense of pride in their work, and 86% believe management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

“Our company was built with the purpose of solving the world’s most important water challenges,” said Prakash Govindan, Co-Founder and COO of Gradiant. “Singapore is our regional headquarters and home to our Global Technology Labs, a one-of-its-kind in the industry where our engineers rapidly translate innovations from bench-scale to commercialization. We are honored to have our innovation culture recognized in these awards and remain committed to fostering a work environment in which team members partner with our customers to do the best work of their lives. Thriving employees increase business performance and create market-leading customer experiences.”

Gradiant, a 2022 “Water Technology Company of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence, is growing its teams throughout its global offices. Open positions may be found at Gradiant’s Careers page.

Factorial Energy to Open New Solid-State EV Battery Development and Manufacturing Facility in Methuen, Mass

Factorial Energy (Factorial), an industry leader in the development of solid-state battery technology for electric vehicle (EV) applications, today announced it will establish a new advanced manufacturing facility in the Boston suburb of Methuen, Mass. The new facility will produce Factorial’s innovative new solid-state battery cell technology for EVs. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site in Methuen at 3:00 pm EDT today.

The new production site at 501 Griffin Brook Drive in Methuen was recently secured by Factorial with the support of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and the City of Methuen’s Economic and Community Development Department. The existing 67,000 square-foot building on the site will undergo extensive buildout to house Factorial’s pilot production facility, which will manufacture automotive-sized solid-state batteries at pre-production speed and volume. Factorial will invest $45 million in the facility, which is expected to begin operations in early 2023 and will bring 166 new jobs to the Methuen community.

Based in Woburn, Mass., Factorial is developing the next generation of electric mobility technology. The company is currently working with automakers Hyundai Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis to develop safer and higher performance solid-state EV battery cells for future passenger and commercial vehicles.

“The collaboration between Factorial, the City of Methuen and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been extremely helpful and productive,” said Siyu Huang, CEO of Factorial. “Our relationship is a true partnership between our company and our community. We plan to continue building solid-state EV battery research and development facilities in New England and establish the region as a hub for electric mobility technology.”

“Factorial Energy is an excellent example of an innovative company choosing to build its business and provide high-skilled jobs here in Methuen,” said Mayor Neil Perry, City of Methuen. “We are excited to help Factorial start its new operations in Methuen, and we’re honored to support the growth of this future-focused company. This is an excellent example of local and state government working hand in hand with private enterprise to craft a solution beneficial to all.”

“We are thrilled to see Factorial Energy expanding operations in its home state,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “Massachusetts remains a leader in innovation, and as the electric mobility industry grows, this new advanced manufacturing facility in the Gateway City of Methuen will play an important role delivering the solid-state batteries that will power our transition to clean energy while creating jobs here in the Commonwealth.”