Sequoia Pacific Research Company (Sequoia Pacific) today announced its SoilSET has been named one of three finalists for the 2004 Utah Innovation Awards in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals category.
The Utah Innovation Awards is a program that recognizes significant technology innovations and the Utah companies involved in their creation.
"We are very honoured to be named a finalist for this award," said Terry Holmes, chief executive officer of Sequoia Pacific. "SoilSET is a revolutionary use of nanotechnology for dust suppression, soil stabilization, erosion control and re-vegetation for burn area rehabilitation, mining reclamation, and construction soil stabilization purposes. We feel honoured to have received this recognition for SoilSET."
Soil erosion and airborne dust particles from man-made or natural causes can result in numerous environmental issues, including air quality concerns and water contamination problems. Additionally, wildfires can cause similar problems with fire ash contaminating air and water, causing erosion of newly uncovered soil and creating the need for re-vegetation in fire-damaged areas.
SoilSET works through chemical reactions at the molecular level by combining a nano-structured solution to elements that naturally exist in soil.
The process allows an organically based soil binder to stabilize and bind damaged or loosened soil, fire ash, sand or other elements, increase soil moisture retention, reduce water and wind erosion, and aid rapid seed germination and growth.