Alta. beet-based cleanser project funded

A processing project to get industrial acid out of Alberta sugar beets has picked up a $1 million investment from Ottawa.

The federal government, through its Agri-Opportunities program, said Friday it will put up the repayable funding for Flexible Solutions Ltd. to renovate an existing processing plant at Taber, Alta., and install new equipment to make aspartic acid.

Aspartic acid is considered a key ingredient in “environmentally friendly” products for the detergent, oil field and industrial water treatment industries. Alberta sugar beets will be the primary feedstock for the Taber facility, the government said.

Aspartic acid from the plant will be processed further into thermal polyaspartic acid (TPA), which is then processed into biodegradable anti-scalents, corrosion inhibitors and dispersants used in a variety of industrial and consumer products. In the oil and water treatment industries these products are used to increase the life cycle of machinery, the government said.

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