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Soil remediation without soil changes - Doranova patented one of a kind soil remediation unit

A Tampere Region environmental technology company Doranova Oy has filed a patent for the first modular in situ soil remediation unit in the World. In situ technologies soil remediation do not require soil changes and are thus following the principles of circular economy.

Doranova situ soil remediation unit
Doranova's situ soil remediation unit. Pic: Doranova

An environmental technology company Doranova Oy in Tampere Region, Finland, has filed a patent for the first modular in situ soil remediation unit in the World. The invention is a modular platform capable for multiple types of in situ soil remediation projects and carries a name of DoAct CORE®. Doranova estimates that this invention reduces time required for in situ soil remediation projects by 50%, delivers significant cost savings, reduces environmental risks and removes the need of soil changes and transportation.

“We are currently negotiating with some global players and our target is to expand to totally new markets with the help of CORE platform in next 12 months’ time”, says Mr. Antti Myllärinen, a CEO of Doranova.

Soil remediation can be done either by excavating contaminated soils and replacing them with clean and virgin soils or by remediating the contaminated soil with different types of in situ methods. In situ technologies do not require soil changes and are thus following the principles of circular economy.

“In Finland for example only 5% of all remediation projects have historically been executed with in situ technologies even if they usually are more cost efficient and environmentally sustainable than traditional soil changes,” says Myllärinen and continues that “the biggest obstacle for generalization of in situ technologies has been the lack of commercialized plug-and-play products and time needed for the actual remediation process. With DoAct CORE® we are tackling both of these challenges.”

The global market size for soil remediation is annually 35 billion Euros. Market growth is strongest in China that has officially claimed that 16.1% of all areas of the country are contaminated.

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