Dudek, Catalyx Nanotech to build landfill facilities

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted Jan. 19, 2009, at 2:44 p.m. CST

Dudek, a California-based environmental and engineering consulting firm, is teaming up with nanotechnology application developer Catalyx Nanotech Inc. to build facilities at landfills in southern California which will sequester carbon and convert methane gas into green hydrogen and nanomaterials.

Through a production process which cracks methane gas into elemental carbon and hydrogen, Catalyx Nanotech's patented technology sequesters carbon into a high-purity graphite, which can be marketed for use in aerospace, automobile, batteries and other applications.

Dudek Senior Project Manager Chris Trees said Catalyx Nanotech's solution has the potential to offer cost and environmental benefits to all parties involved, particularly landfills and anaerobic digester plants that are struggling to generate sufficient revenues from electricity generators for the methane content in their biogas.

Dudek has been analyzing Catalyx Nanotech technology's environmental impacts, identifying appropriate landfill candidates, performing project engineering and securing permits.

Catalyx Nanotech expects to establish its first sites in southern California within the year, and then expand to other regions.