The Society of Plastics Engineers has named the finalists for the Clean Technology Business Forum competition, which will be named at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference later this month in Orlando, Fla. The companies will make presentations on their technologies on Feb. 26. "This diverse group of enterprising companies will disclose innovative technologies ranging from alternative energy sources to bioplastics to new approaches in the fields of photodegradable plastics and solid waste recycling," said Eric Koester, the Clean Technology Business Forum Coordinator, in a news release. "SPE's forum will provide a unique opportunity for the industry to discover cutting-edge clean and green technologies while still in their formative phases. The finalist companies will offer an exciting look at the future of the plastics." The finalists are:
- Cool Energy Inc., a solar energy equipment company located in Boulder, CO, is focused on the development and implementation of systems that can cost-effectively harness the sun's energy to provide heat and electricity for homes and business.
- Exotech Bio Solutions Ltd. manufactures biocompatible and biodegradable superabsorbent polymers (SAP) for use in the personal hygiene, pharmaceutical, food, environmental and agricultural markets. ExoSAP is biodegradable and less expensive to produce than competing materials.
- FRX Polymers Inc. is a pilot-stage specialty polymer company that is developing a patent-protected family of environmentally friendly, inherently flame retardant, transparent, high-flow engineering thermoplastics.
- Polyflow LLC, is commercializing patent-pending alternative energy technology that makes it possible to convert mixed-waste polymers into monomers, the feedstock used by petrochemical companies to make polymers. The major product of the Polyflow process is styrene, a feedstock for polystyrene and other polymers. The process is a low-cost alternative to existing methods for producing styrene.
- PolyNew Inc. blends PLA with other plastics for use in solid and foamed tray prototypes for microwaveable food and other packaging applications.
- SunBrite Packaging Co. Inc, has developed packaging that has the same appearance and applications as polystyrene foam for food and beverage packaging and is engineered to photodegrade in the environment, both on land and in water. After use, the power of light is harnessed to degrade this packaging material in a matter of weeks to months, depending on the photoaccelerant concentration present.