Mechtronix Systems Inc. and the City of Edmonton sign a partnership to deploy the first Valoris(TM) system in North America

    The Drying Technology Offers the Lowest Cost/ton Available Today by
    Transforming Biosolids into Distilled Water and High Value Renewable
    Green Energy

    MONTREAL, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI) and the
City of Edmonton are proud to announce the consolidation of their partnership
to deploy the Valoris(TM) technology at the Edmonton's Gold Bar Wastewater
Treatment Plant. The project aims to demonstrate how Valoris is the most
energy efficient and environmentally friendly biosolids drying technology when
applied to municipal wastewater treatment operations.
    The news was announced on August 6, during Quebec Premier Mr. Jean
Charest's participation to the 4th Conference of Heads of Government of
Partner Regions in Shandong province, China, to promote cooperation projects
between the provinces of Shandong and Quebec in the environmental sector.
Mechtronix and a group of other Quebec companies were invited to participate
in the mission.
    Municipalities today are faced with increasing bottlenecks with their
biosolids management on a global level mainly due to increasing volumes of
biosolids, significant management costs and stiffening environmental
regulations. In this context, the City of Edmonton and MSI have partnered on a
project to determine the suitability of the Valoris technology as a component
of the City's Biosolids Management Program. The demonstration project will be
operational in 2009 and will serve as a reference site for North America and
the rest of the world for interested parties to view firsthand Valoris at
    "Managing the biosolids produced from wastewater treatment processes is a
highly complex undertaking. The Valoris demonstration project offers the City
of Edmonton an excellent opportunity to explore a new, energy efficient method
of producing high value biosolid products that meet stringent environmental
and human health requirements," says John Hodgson, Branch Manager for
Edmonton's Drainage Services. "MSI brings a lot of specialized expertise to
the project and we are very excited about having them as our partner."
    The project also counts Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC - as a key financial partner, which gives the project a solid
    "The Valoris technology is showing great potential in helping Canada
reduce the effects of climate change, and that is why SDTC has chosen to
support this demonstration project," says SDTC President and CEO Vicky Sharpe.
"By supporting the development and demonstration stages of innovative
technologies like this one, SDTC helps bridge a crucial funding gap, bringing
these technologies closer to commercial success."
    "Mechtronix sees the issue of environment as a critical one for the
future of our society. We are convinced that Valoris can significantly do its
share in relieving some of the pressure created by increasing volume of
municipal biosolids worldwide. With the strong commitment from the City of
Edmonton and SDTC, I am confident that the project will lead to many more",
says Xavier Hervé, President and COO of MSI.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    Through 20 years of passion and dedication, Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)
has developed a unique expertise and proved extensively its vision and
leadership for building intelligent machines. MSI ranks in the top-3 of the
global flight simulator market, with a presence in America, Europe and Asia.
Driven by the growing needs of municipalities to efficiently manage their
waste water, MSI has decided to diversify its activities by getting involved
in biosolids recycling. MSI is targeting municipal waste water treatment
plants with Valoris(TM), a drying technology offering the lowest cost/ton
ratio available today by transforming biosolids into distilled water and high
value renewable green energy.

    About the City of Edmonton Gold Bar Treatment Plant.

    The City of Edmonton is recognized as one of the world's leading
municipalities in the management of municipal wastes. By combining natural
processes with groundbreaking technologies the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment
Plant has become one of the most advanced and progressive wastewater treatment
facilities in the world. The Edmonton Waste Management Center is North
America's largest collection of modern, sustainable waste processing and
research facilities. Together with private sector partners and local industry
the City of Edmonton has created a robust waste management system that
utilizes the best of modern waste management business systems and technology.

    About SDTC

    Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length
foundation which has received $1.05 billion from the Government of Canada as
part of its commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of
life for all Canadians.
    SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of
innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund(TM) supports
projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean
soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund(TM) supports the establishment of
first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of
next-generation renewable fuels.
    SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with
the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental
organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to
achieve this mandate.

For further information:

For further information: Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI): Media: Nathalie
Robitaille, (514) 577-9565,; City of Edmonton Gold
Bar Treatment Plant: Media: Elaine Trudeau, (780) 496-3868, (780) 717-8935

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