Pulp non-fiction.

CarboNet chemistry creates dramatic results for P&P sludge dewatering, lowering CAPEX, OPEX, and emissions while hitting Scope 3 Standards.

Royale, without the cheese.

While we may strain to pry unnecessary Tarantino references into our message, we’re very much at ease making the observation that P&P dewatering options are inefficient, both operationally and financially.

  • At a time when water scarcity and regulations are rapidly increasing, sludge dewatering remains rooted in the assumptions of the 1950s, when water was a commodity and the P&P industry was in growth mode. How much PAM you sank into the groundwater or the fussiness of elaborate make-down rituals was mostly irrelevant.

Why it matters: P&P today is focused on lowering CAPEX and OPEX while trying to hit increasingly tight KPIs and aggressive regulatory restrictions. Yet legacy treatment process relies on commodity chemicals that hit the bottom-line several times over:

  1. Polymer/PAM: a hefty charge given overall water volume
  2. Make-down CAPEX: equipment purchases, upgrades, and maintenance
  3. Make-down OPEX: throughput, floc maintenance, NPT and site shutdowns from gummed-up or janky equipment
  4. Regulatory: permit breaches from overdosing

CarboNet’s “adaptive chemistry” was built out of these challenges, creating an opportunity for P&P manufacturers to boost key levers while reducing overall spend:

  1. Chemical spend: CarboNet flocculants alter the throughput of water treatment, reducing cost-to-treat by up to 50%.
  2. OPEX: CarboNet chemistry requires no make-down and dramatically reduces time spent on dosing calibration and monitoring—or NPT when calibration or monitoring snafus lead to centrifuge flushes, shredded belts, cemented polishers, or other equipment malfunctions.
  3. Toxicity: CarboNet’s NanoNet platform reduces PAM by up to 90%, helping hit increasingly stringent regulatory targets.
  4. Emissions: CarboNet’s chemistry reduces Scope 3 Emissions up to 70%. To date, the commodity chemicals we’ve displaced has cut 300 million tonnes of CO2 production.
  5. Health & safety: CarboNet products arrive pre-activated and plug-and-play, removing the need for makedown and crew exposure to toxic inhalants, spills, slips, and other machine interactions.
  6. Regulatory exposure: Broadly, CarboNet chemistry slashes emissions and improves performance KPIs related to zero discharge or permit targets.

Behind-the-scenes: CarboNet scientists and field technicians are focused on products for a new reality: a world with less water and more regulations—but persistent demands of customers and shareholders.

  • Keep in mind: Water insecurity (droughts and floods) is changing regulations, permits, and emission limits. Commodity chemicals—created 70 years ago and rapidly aging out—hit you where it hurts: the balance sheet.
  • Selective targeting: The NanoNet platform has led to novel chemistry: one application eliminates chemicals from water treatment entirely, another isolates minerals for extraction.

The bottom line: P&P dewatering lives or dies on the output of dredging and the quality of liquid/solid separation. CarboNet chemistry addresses both:

  • Dredging can operate faster and produce more cakes with a plug-and-play solution
  • Dewatering operations can squeeze out more water (and profits) when they don’t have to worry about inconsistent flocs and babysitting their make-down rigs
"It’s the most technologically innovative water treatment application I have laid eyes on this decade."
R. Khalil, Dewatering & Water Treatment SME

Use Cases

CarboNet’s no make-down chemistry simplifies P&P wastewater treatment while cutting CAPEX, OPEX, and emissions.

Mixed primary/secondary dewatering

Primary clarification

Secondary clarification

Reference projects

A Canadian operator was contracted to dewater the dredged biosolids of a lagoon to enable the construction of a new system. CarboNet chemistry slashed their chemical bills, boosted their crew efficiency, and reduced their emissions.

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Win in Water

Water insecurity and regulations are coming for the P&L. CarboNet chemistry lowers CAPEX, OPEX, and emissions.