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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

The GrahamTek initiative to stay abreast of Scientific Development started in early 2004 in Singapore with the formation of the GrahamTek Scientific Program. This program was not designed to demonstrate that the GrahamTek technologies work but more to understand why they are working so well. This division of GrahamTek has been supported through the years by many leading tertiary institutions globally.

Today GrahamTek has taken the division’s objectives further to incorporate Joint and Co-Development opportunities with tier 1 global companies. In these partnerships GrahamTek shares Intellectual Property and Knowledge with a single view to develop Commercially viable solutions with our Strategic Partners and for the clients of our Strategic Partners. Intellectual Property discovered and developed in the Innovation Hub is jointly owned between GrahamTek and the Strategic Partner, any Patents that are registered are jointly owned and commercialised for the benefit of GrahamTek and its partners. 

The Innovation Focus

The Innovation Hub focus on the following areas:

  • Advancing proprietary or patentable technology through own and/or joint ownership of such new discoveries, applications, processes and Intellectual Properties. 
  • Identifying commercially viable new applications for specific segments of our Technologies.
  • Developing new and enhanced Complete Product Solutions with Strategic Partners that can be rapidly scaled and deployed to new markets of Strategic Partners and our distribution networks.
  • Building competitive advantage through licensing third party technologies in specific applications with our technologies.
  • Bringing in outside technology to make internal business processes more efficient and/or profitable.


GrahamTek 

..... with our Strategic Partners we stay ahead of the technology curve .....

Active Projects

DISCARD COAL

Discard coal is Coal and Coal products, including but not limited to wash plant slurry, filter cake, coal fines, coal dust, over sized coal, shale and the seams of coal that are considered non - economical to sell into a common market but are required to be mined in order to allow access to desirable coal etc, but specifically excluding RB1 and RB2 grade coal, all as defined in the trade at the time of entering into this agreement. 

It is estimated that in South Africa alone the total volume of Discard Coal is in excess of 1 Billion Tons. This is a valuable resource that could be tapped for energy recovery. GrahamTek and its Strategic Partner have entered into a joint technology development agreement using the Intellectual Property and Knowledge Base of GrahamTek's Waste-to-Energy solutions to develop a solution. The first technology demonstrators are scheduled for late 2016. The success of this project will inevitably be a multi-billion dollar success for our partners. 

 

DESALINATION ENERGY RECOVERY

Despite major advancements in desalination technologies, seawater desalination is still more energy intensive compared to conventional technologies for the treatment of fresh water. There are also concerns about the carbon footprint of large-scale seawater desalination plants. According to the Water Resources Department of the UAE the demand for RO Desalination industry in the GCC region alone will grow from a present 16 4300 Km3 per Day to approximately 24 800 Km3 per day by 2030. 


In this project the reductions in energy demand using GrahamTek state-of-the-art seawater desalination technologies combined with the potential role of advanced materials and innovative technologies to improve performance of desalination as a technological solution to global water shortages is further developed. A new Energy unit is being developed by GrahamTek and its partners that will reduce the energy demand for desalination from an average 3.2 Kwh/M3 to approximately 2.4 Kwh/M3. This methodology will reduce the OPEX cost of desalination for our client by more than 40% with significant financial benefits for the partners of this project.

 

Projects in Progress

The following projects are scheduled for commencement subject to final contracting and selection of Strategic Partners in the respective consortiums. Companies that are interested to form part of the consortiums should contact us to discuss participation in the innovation hub. 


..... We are inviting Partners to these Projects where the consortium partners are not yet fully finalised ...... 


DISCARD OTR TYRES

Discard OTR Mining tyres is a global problem. These tyres weigh in excess of 4 Tons per tyre with diameters in excess of 6 feet. The problematic weight and size of these tyres are some of the reasons why these tyres are simply stored on large mining grounds. 

With recent rehabilitation regulations which are being enforced globally future storage of tyres in this format will be prohibited. GrahamTek is in the process of finalising a R&D contract with a global manufacturer of OTR Mining Tyres. This project will enhance the current Waste-to-Energy equipment with improved indeed systems, improved product quality with low sulphur ( <15ppm) and improved cetane values of +40. The additional contract requirement is an improved seismic stability due to the earthquake prone regions for the installation of the equipment. The improved system will generate significant investment returns for GrahamTek and its consortium partners.


WASTE TO ENERGY

Subject to final contracting the Strategic Partner together with the GrahamTek team will commence combining some of the existing GrahamTek technology with enhanced energy storage and Thermal Mechanical Cracking of hydro carbon links. These increased efficiencies will enable the consortium partners to combine the current Waste-to-Energy equipment with turbine generators such as the General Electric TM2500 power unit or other similar equipment. 


This ability of the GrahamTek equipment combined with the strategic partner’s turbine equipment will enable the partners to deploy compact mobile electricity generation of between 5MW and 30MW at remote client sites where diesel and other fuel oils are not present in sufficient quantities to feed these generators. GrahamTek has initiated this project based on existing client orders for this type of solution.


MEDICAL WASTE

Disposing of Non-Anatomical Medical Waste is posing a growing problem worldwide, jeopardizing the health of staff, patients, disposal workers and anyone else coming into contact with the often hazardous materials discarded by hospitals and other health-care sites. This is according to a United Nations report on this subject. The report states further some 20 to 25 per cent of the total waste generated by health-care establishments is regarded as hazardous and may create a variety of health and environmental risks if not managed and disposed of in an appropriate manner. 

Medical waste can include a wide range of hazardous materials, such as infectious waste, anatomical and pathological waste, obsolete or expired chemical products and pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials and so-called “sharps,” medical instruments or devices that are no longer used. The global widespread deficiencies in the operation and management of small-scale medical waste incinerators result in incomplete waste destruction, inappropriate ash disposal and dioxins emissions. Some WHO reports indicate that these dioxins and emissions can be 40,000 times higher than emission limits set forth in international conventions. Stringent regulations in more developed countries make disposal of Medical Waste a very expensive cost item for Medical Care institutions and Waste Disposal Operators. 

 



 

 GrahamTek’s Waste-to-Energy system has done preliminary R&D on Non-Burn Medical Waste disposal. Initial test results provided significant yields of high quality fuel oils. Initial test results provided significant yields of high quality fuel oils of 70% and higher. The process temperatures are above the threshold that effectively kills pathogens. The commercialised version of this model provides significant yields to the partners globally. 

 





GrahamTek Submits White Paper to Cape Town Municipality on Desalination Solution

June 2017

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