Geosynthetics companies navigate the infrastructure law

April 1st, 2024

The Indiana Department of Transportation installs Petromat® Enviro™ on a section of Interstate 70 to provide a full pavement moisture barrier and stress absorption layer. Image: Solmax The $1.2 trillion bipartisan InfrastructureInvestment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed more than two years ago to invest in America’s crumbling infrastructure, providing funding to rebuild roads and […]

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Solmax collaborates with TenneT and SWITCH for recycling of geotextiles in energy projects in Europe

March 25th, 2024

World-leading geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has collaborated with TenneT and SWITCH to successfully recycle geotextiles used in power grid projects. This initiative resulted in the repurposing of 80 tons of materials destined to become waste during the construction of a new power highway, utilizing approximately 500,000 m2 (598,000 yd2) of geotextile used as a temporary separation […]

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Solmax supplies geosynthetics for Anchorage regional landfill-expansion project

February 28th, 2024

In 2020, the municipality of Anchorage, Alaska’s Solid Waste Services department (SWS) decided to expand its landfill capacity by adding a new cell 9 and tying it to a number of existing cells in close proximity. Alaska Aggregate Products, LLC (AAP) was awarded the geosynthetics and piping contract and chose Solmax to supply all of […]

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New developments in geomembranes for pit heat storage

October 9th, 2023

Large solar thermal systems need large heat storage capabilities. Especially if the solar heat is to contribute significantly more than 25 % to a district heating network. Pit thermal energy storage (PTES) is a cost-effective way to build large heat storage facilities with 100,000 m3 and more. A key component of these storage pits is the […]

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Solmax offers geotextiles solution for flooding 

September 20th, 2023

A law in the Netherlands requires more and more stormwater management at the municipal level in new construction projects. With MIRAFI® Geolon FW 180, Solmax offers the solution: Rainwater is collected in a buffer system and returned to nature.  Climate change is increasing the intensity of rainfall in many regions. At the same time, the […]

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ASTM International honors Solmax director with top annual award

August 3rd, 2023

ASTM International has presented its top annual award, the Award of Merit, to Melissa Holbrook for her contributions to ASTM’s geosynthetics committee (D35). Melissa Holbrook accepts the Award of Merit from Gary T. Torosian, chairman of ASTM International's Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest […]

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Best practices-Working toward zero leaks

August 1st, 2023

FIGURE 1 The S-100 Spark Tester was used to perform testing on both the primary and secondary barriers to detect any leaks that may have occurred during installation. The Uinta Basin in northeast Utah is known for its extensive in-place oil shale resource. Because this area produces crude with low containment levels, it contributes to […]

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Lining a tailings facility on the roof of the world

July 10th, 2023

Solmax geomembranes were used to line the tailings facilities of the recently expanded Yulong Copper Mine. The mine located in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, on one of the largest copper deposits in China and is important to the economy of the region. The mine is located in some of the highest elevations in the world. The […]

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Committee D35 on Geosynthetics meets in San Antonio, Texas

June 1st, 2023

ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics held its first biannual committee meetings of 2023 on January 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas. The meetings started with a special workshop to help define what role our committee should play regarding sustainability. Big thanks to our five distinguished speakers—Dr. Mark Wayne (Tensar International), Chris Quirk (NAUE Geosynthetics Ltd.), […]

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Solmax unveils reflective membrane to increase power yield in bifacial PV projects

March 28th, 2023

Canadian company Solmax Geosynthetics, which supplies “geosynthetic drainage geocomposites” has developed a material that reportedly increases the albedo of the surface below a PV power plant by about 70%, allowing more light to reach the rear side of bifacial modules. Canada-headquartered Solmax will seek to build its presence in the Australian utility scale solar sector […]

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