Amended Silicates uses a natural mineral compound as its base component, which reduces emissions and energy consumption during the manufacturing process. This unique chemical makeup not only enables the product to successfully remove mercury from coal-fired plant emissions, but also affords the benefits of being non-flammable and non-abrasive - properties that protect physical plant investments.
Amended Silicates contains no carbon compounds, preserving the beneficial use of fly ash in concrete products and minimizing landfill disposal. Amended Silicates is fully compatible with most sorbent injection systems and is available in commercial quantities for plant trials and long-term contract purchase.
Novinda holds several patents that cover a broad class of materials with a strong affinity for mercury. The firm is privately funded and located in Denver, Colorado.
In 2000, scientists from ADA Technologies received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a non-carbon product that could be used for mercury emission control from coal combustion while preserving fly ash use as a portland cement replacement. Chemical process engineers from CH2M HILL brought a wealth of experience to the product development effort and provided significant input to the production plan.
In 2003, Amended Silicates was formally established as a joint venture between ADA Technologies and CH2M HILL. The joint venture was focused on piloting, improving and bringing to market the Amended Silicates product.
In June 2009, the company received a Series A venture financing of several million dollars to support the operations and future growth of the company. In February 2011, Novinda received $6 million in Series C equity financing to support the product launch of the industry's first non-carbon reagent for mercury emission control in coal-fired plants.
The company name was changed from Amended Silicates, Inc. to Novinda Corp. in late 2009. The name Novinda was created from a combination of “novus,” the Latin root for innovation, and the word “industry” to reflect the company’s commitment to bringing innovative solutions to the coal combustion industry.