Published on: 05/10/2023

AIM WA Pinnacle Awards, EEI shortlisted as finalists in Innovation Excellence

AIM WA Pinnacle Awards, EEI shortlisted as finalists in Innovation Excellence

We are very excited to announce that Environmental Engineers International have been shortlisted as a finalist for the REMSMART Innovation Excellence as awarded by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) for the Pinnacle Awards.

Congratulations to the team, highlighting the dedication, hard work and expertise towards innovation, and showcasing what can be achieved when we come together. 

Our multi-award-wining technology, the Smart Priming Oxalate Removal Enabler (the SPORE Process) encompassed intensive research, laboratory studies, and engineering design, achieved through a 4-year journey and highlighted our efforts towards Innovation Excellence. 

Starting in 2016, we were approached by an alumina refinery to develop a better solution for management of legacy sodium oxalate waste (SOW) stored in tailing dams. SOW is a highly alkaline (pH ~13) residue of the Bayer process, and is a common problem faced by alumina refineries globally. The cost of neutralisation has led to long term storage of SOW in lagoons while an acceptable solution is found.

SPORE enables legacy SOW storage lagoons to be converted into anaerobic reactors that produce valuable by-products, without on-going addition of pH-neutralisation chemicals. This patented technology can save a typical refinery up to $20 million per year in operational costs.

Solving SOW fulfills EEI’s vision and philosophy, “Waste management should extend beyond merely meeting regulatory mandates and should be viewed as a prudent economic investment, with a substantial return on expenditure." 

EEI have been business leaders in engineering consulting and research and technology development for over two decades. The business leadership is evidenced by the number of awards the management team have been bestowed by peak industry bodies and the government/business sector such as the WA Business News, WA State Waste Authority, Engineers Australia, and Australian Water Association.

Our SPORE technology is a novel biological solution, the development of which highlights business leadership within the industry, taking a scientific idea to a laboratory project, transforming it into concept engineering design and finally to an industry -accepted solution. Not just a technology, SPORE is a revolution, filling a void where no sustainable treatment for oxalate waste existed.