The recent opening of an Australia-based FEECO lab, serving the Australasia region, has proven to spark much interest around the pacific rim, resulting in the development of several innovative projects.
One such project, is geared at helping to take the pressure off of coal-fired power stations, who have come under heavy scrutiny as of lately as one of the major contributors to green house gases. Feeco’s Australia facility is currently working with a company that is developing a coal-based fertilizer granule, utilizing FEECO’s granulation equipment. Not only would this coal-based fertilizer help coal companies obtain carbon credits, but it would also help bolster the Australian agriculture industry.
Another fertilizer development that took place in FEECO’s Australia lab, was working with a company to produce a more efficient MAP (Mono Ammonium Phosphate) fertilizer. MAP fertilizers are an old and valuable technology, but the problem with this fertilizer is that much of its phosphates become locked up in a chemical tie-up due to soil chemistry. This company used FEECO’s granulation equipment to coat existing MAP granules with their materials, which would protect the phosphate from chemical tie-up. This means less fertilizer would be needed to do the same job.
FEECO has also been hard at work with a company that has developed processes to reuse once unusable sludge resulting from desalination, or the conversion of salt water to fresh water. Using FEECO’s granulation equipment, this company is looking to granulate one of the resulting materials, Soda Ash, or Sodium Bicarbonate, into usable product for industries such as the glass manufacturing industry, and the mining industry.
These are just a few examples of some of the innovative developments that are happening at the FEECO Australia lab facility. Though it has been open for less than six months, exciting things are happening, and the future for FEECO’s Australia lab is looking bright.
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