Sonic and Nalco Mobotec enter into joint venture to process waste fly ash for the cement industry

    TSX Venture Exchange Symbol: SNV

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - SONIC Technology Solutions Inc. ("SONIC" or
"the Company": TSX-V:SNV) today announced that it has entered into a Joint
Venture ("JV") with Nalco Mobotec, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Nalco
Mobotec"), to expand the use of waste fly ash from coal-fired power stations
as a cement substitute. Nalco Mobotec is a subsidiary of Nalco Holding Company
(NYSE:   NLC) the global leader in water, energy, air and process technologies
and services based in Naperville, IL, USA. Nalco Mobotec specializes in the
design and supply of advanced emission technologies for the power industry and
supplies major utility companies globally. The JV is a limited liability
company organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, USA, which will
develop the SonoAsh process to condition waste fly ash as a cement substitute
or additive.
    Under the agreement between Nalco Mobotec and Sonic, the JV will
undertake development of Sonic's process ("SonoAsh"), which physically
preconditions waste fly ash and reduces residual carbon. Successful
development will lead to a fully commercialized process allowing the waste fly
ash to be used as a cement substitute or concrete additive. The agreement
establishes an earn-in arrangement by which Nalco Mobotec is entitled to
direct and fund the development process in consideration for an up to 50%
interest in the JV. The first phase of commercialization following successful
development will lead to a production plant followed by strategic expansion
through localized independent processing facilities.
    SonoAsh utilizes a proprietary application that Sonic has developed over
the last 18 months to convert waste fly ash from coal fired power plants into
cement substitutes and additives for the global concrete industry. Under the
terms of the JV agreement, Nalco Mobotec will be responsible for the strategic
management of the JV and will invest to develop SonoAsh. Nalco Mobotec and
Sonic hope to develop an integrated procurement and supply chain business for
fly ash in the cement industry.
    Cement is one of the largest commodity industries in the world and is one
of the most energy intensive. Fly ash is currently used in the cement industry
as a substitute for cement and this practice can contribute significantly to
global reduction of green house gases by reducing the need to produce cement.
Presently much of the fly ash produced by electrical utilities is unsuitable
for use in concrete and must be landfilled. The SonoAsh process turns this
waste ash into a valuable product with carbon credits for both the electrical
and cement industries.
    Eric Fischer, President of Nalco Mobotec, sees this as a significant and
natural extension of Nalco Mobotec's successful work to reduce the
environmental impacts of electricity produced from coal. "There are a number
of compelling reasons why the development of the SonoAsh process is
significant. Production of cement contributes about 7% of global carbon
dioxide emissions. North America and Europe selectively utilize high grade fly
ash but 65% of North America's fly ash is deemed unacceptable to the cement
industry and ends up in landfills. Global cement demand approaches 3 billion
tons annually and has grown rapidly in recent years." Mr. Fischer expects to
be closely involved with the JV and its management.

    About Nalco Mobotec

    Nalco Mobotec provides innovative solutions to the world's global air
pollution challenges and offers practical approaches for the control of
nitrogen and sulfur oxides (NOx/SOx), carbon monoxide, mercury and
particulates. Nalco Mobotec's solutions can accommodate fuel flexibility,
biomass conversions, or co-firing in boilers. Instead of requiring major
capital equipment purchases, its engineered solutions approach optimizes
current assets. Visit

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Statements in
this release that are forward-looking statements are subject to various risks
and uncertainties concerning the specific factors disclosed under the heading
"Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's periodic filings with Canadian
securities regulators. Such information contained herein represents
management's best judgment as of the date hereof based on information
currently available. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any
forward-looking statement.

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For further information: Adam Sumel, CEO, Tel: (604) 736-2552, Fax:
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