Archive for the ‘ecoSPEARS’ Category

Cleaning up: Promising pilot test destroying groundwater contamination in Spokane Valley

Posted on: December 2nd, 2020 by Kirenaga Partners

Kaiser Aluminum’s Trentwood facility is in the early phases of testing new technology that destroys over 90 percent of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in water at their facility in the Spokane Valley.

The Trentwood facility has produced specialized aluminum products for more than 75 years and, like many facilities around the country, used PCB-containing oils in an effort to safely and efficiently operate some industrial equipment. Over the years, some of the PCB oil leaked, contaminating groundwater under the aluminum-casting building near the Spokane River.

Kaiser has been researching and implementing technologies to address the contaminated groundwater, and is now examining two processes to see which will more effectively reduce the threat posed by the PCBs.

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Port of San Diego Explores Clean-Up Program with EcoSpears

Posted on: July 22nd, 2019 by Kirenaga Partners

The Port of San Diego has initiated a project with EcoSpears to test its technology for use in removing toxic chemicals from local waterways. This marks the first project EcoSpears has initiated on the west coast, and the latest major victory for the Florida startup.


We’re ecstatic to see EcoSpears making inroads with the California community, especially given how progressive that region is when it comes to clean tech.

To read an Orlando Sentinel article on the topic, please see the link below.

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Conscious Content Plans Multi-Part Series on ecoSPEARS

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 by Kirenaga Partners

Conscious Content has begun work on a documentary series on ecoSPEARS and their mission to clean up waterways of PCB’s. A rundown of the project, together with a first clip, are accessible on their website.

If you would like to learn more, then you can find the link below.

Project Website

Finally, ecoSPEARS has also published a brief animated video explaining their revolutionary technology, which can be found at the following link.

Animated Video

ecoSpears Completes $2 Million Seed Round

Posted on: February 12th, 2019 by Kirenaga Partners

ecoSpears, our portfolio company with a focus on PCB pollution remediation using NASA developed SPEARS technology, has just completed a $2 million seed round. Altogether, there were two investors in this round, ourselves at Kirenaga and the EIA Social Enterprise Fund. Overall, we’re extremely pleased with the progress ecoSpears has made so far, and are proud of their team.

Finally, you can read the full press release on the investment round at the link below.

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ecoSPEARS Expands Its Office and Adds New Jobs

Posted on: June 3rd, 2018 by Kirenaga Partners

Our partners over at ecoSPEARS, the exclusive licensee of NASA’s patented Sorbent Polymer Extraction and Remediation System (SPEARS) technology, announced last Wednesday that they have moved from a start-up incubator office to a large commercial space in Altamonte Springs to accommodate their growing workforce. ecoSPEARS also announced that Dr. Phillip Maloney and John Omana are joining their team, to serve as Principal Scientist and as Director of Government Affairs and Land Use Entitlement, respectively.

For more information, the full press release can be found at the link below.

Press Release

ecoSPEARS Formally Urges GE and EPA to Review New Technology for Hudson River Clean-up

Posted on: January 26th, 2018 by Kirenaga Partners

As any New York native will tell you, the Hudson River is a tragically polluted waterway despite its proximity to one of the largest population hubs on the planet. The toxins primarily responsible for this state are PCBs, poisonous chemicals with a long lifespan that were dumped into the river over the middle of the past century by General Electric (GE) before the extent of their deleterious effects were well-known. Now, our partners at ecoSPEARS are looking to turn the Hudson River story around.

ecoSPEARS has formally asked GE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state officials to review their recently commercialized, NASA developed technology as a solution to the Hudson River’s longstanding contamination problem. This technology, conceived by NASA to solve their own PCB related issues and exclusively licensed by ecoSPEARS, would allow for the rapid and permanent removal of PCBs from the Hudson River system with a fraction of the financial cost and environmental disruption of alternative measures. Considering current clean-up efforts using existing technologies have failed to meet clean-up plan targets thus far, we at Kirenaga hope that, for the sake of all residents near the Hudson River, this new technology is given the serious consideration it deserves.

For more information, the full press release can be found at the link below.

Press Release

ecoSPEARS Receives Exclusive License for SPEARS Tech from NASA

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by Kirenaga Partners

Our partners over at ecoSPEARS have received an exclusive license from NASA to bring the eponymous Sorbent Polymer Extraction and Remediation System (“SPEARS”) technology to market. Without any exaggeration, this technology is revolutionary relative to the other current options available for the remediation of PCB’s, the persistent and toxic chemicals responsible for the pollution of numerous major waterways such as the Hudson River.

You can read more about ecoSPEARS and this technology in the full article at the link below.