A Quarterly NewsletterIssue 11. Q4 2012
In this issue
- Project Updates
- See You There
- About TerraTherm
- You're Invited!
- Get to Know Us

Project Updates


ISTD heating operations are complete at the Pharmacia and Upjohn Company LLC, North Haven Site.  Approximately 22,000 pounds of contaminants (based on caustic usage) were removed from the subsurface.  Demobilization efforts are underway.


New Jersey  

Construction will be completed at a three acre ISTD project site in New Jersey in Q4 of 2012.  The complete well field has been installed consisting of over 900 heaters and 80 temperature monitoring points.  Liquid and vapor treatment equipment is currently being tested and installed.  Thermal operations are expected to begin in Q1 of 2013    


Da Nang, Vietnam 
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded TerraTherm, Inc. a thermal remediation design contract for cleanup of dioxin-contaminated soil and sediment at the Da Nang Airport in Vietnam.  TerraTherm recently completed the design.

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See You There!

Here is a sampling of  conferences and meetings we'll be attending. We hope to see you there!  Please let us know if you are attending and if you would like to pre-arrange some time to discuss your projects or talk with one of our leaders or technical team members.

The 19th International Petroleum Environmental Conference
October 30 - November 1, 2012
Denver, CO

For more information on the IPEC conference, click here
University of Texas Austin
Advances in Thermal Remediation
January 8 - 9, 2013
Austin, Texas
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Remediation of Contaminated Sediments
February 4 - 7, 2013
Dallas, Texas
Contact us at anytime.


About TerraTherm


TerraTherm, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development and implementation of in situ thermal remediation of source zones and hazardous waste. We design, build and operate projects from concept to closure, using In Situ Thermal Desorption (ISTD), Steam Enhanced Extraction (SEE) and Resistance Heating.

Worldwide service is conducted from company headquarters in Gardner, MA, and offices in Bakersfield CA, Denver CO, Houston TX, and Baltimore MD as well as licensees including Kr�ger A/S (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Poland), Provectus  Group Ltd (UK), SheGoTec Japan, Inc. (Japan), and Thermal Cleaning Technologies, Inc. (Israel).

For more information, visit us at www.terratherm.com
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You're invited to "Advances in Thermal Remediation" at the University of Texas.


For those who have an interest in the field of in-situ thermal remediation (ISTR), you are not going to want to miss the thermal remediation symposium at the University of Texas this coming January 8-9th. This conference will bring together leading thermal researchers and practitioners for in-depth presentations and discussions. Unlike most conferences, the platform speakers will each be scheduled for one-hour timeslots, with ample time devoted to Q&A and discussions. The objective is to raise the level of discourse and interaction, and give rise to penetrating insights and promote networking in a relaxed, fun setting.


Learn about the roots of ISTR in the oil industry, what ideas and findings led to the development and use of thermal within remediation practice, and its progression to becoming mainstream today.


Speaking at "Advances in Thermal Remediation," include some of the brightest minds in the thermal remediation industry. Hear from Dr. George Stegemeier of GLS Engineering, Houston, Texas and a member of the National Academy of Engineering speak of pioneering ideas underpinning the development of thermal oil recovery and in situ remediation.  Kent Pennell, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Sustainability Research Center at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah will continue along that theme, and share recent research in subsurface thermodynamics from a sustainability perspective.   


Also hear from Eva Davis, Hydrologist at EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Ada, OK; Kurt Pannell, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University, Medford, MA; and Lynn Katz, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, TX speak on "Frontiers of ISTR Research Today: From Laboratory to Field."   


Presenting on thermal and fractured rock, the new frontier, will be Bernie Kueper, Professor of Civil Engineering at Queens Univ., Kingston, ON and Ron Falta, Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC.   


To complement the research presentations listed above, practitioners from the remediation industry will provide state-of-the-art updates on methods of ISTR and findings from current work. Among them will be Bill Heath, Chief Operating Officer of Current Environmental Solutions, Richland, WA, who will provide an in-depth overview of Electrical Resistance Heating; Dr. Bruce McGee, CEO and President of McMillan-McGee Corp., Calgary, AB, who will speak on the chemistry and physics behind developments in ET-DSP (Electro-Thermal Dynamic Stripping Process); Dr. Gorm Heron, Senior Vice President of TerraTherm, Inc., who will speak on "ISTR Technologies: Feasibility and Limitations, an overview of Steam Enhanced Extraction"; and John LaChance, Vice President of Hydrogeology and Dr. Ralph Baker, Chairman and Chief Scientist of TerraTherm, Inc., who will provide in-depth overviews of In Situ Thermal Desorption and In-Pile Thermal Desorption, respectively.   


Registration for the conference, which is FREE, includes a dinner at the award winning Texas Bar-B-Que, restaurant The Salt Lick, a perfect opportunity to meet some of the top industry professionals.   


The Call for Poster Paper abstracts is open, so please send your abstract to Michael Godwin at godwin@mail.utexas.edu. Based on an evaluation of the posters, the winner of the Young Researcher Competition will be awarded a platform slot during the poster session to present the results of their research.   


For more information, and to register as an attendee, click the following link: Advances in Thermal Remediation.   

We hope to see you in Austin this January!



TerraTherm Patents Efficient, Cost-Effective Method for In-Pile Thermal Remediation of Organic Contaminants, Dioxins and PCBs


TerraTherm has patented an innovative, In-box method of In-Pile Thermal Desorption (IPTD). TerraTherm's in-box process uses field-proven ther�mal conduction heating (TCH) to provide remediation of a broad range of organic contaminants, while greatly improving the material handling process through vehicle drive-in-and-out capability. TerraTherm's patented IPTD process is cost-effective and provides major productivity improvements for both on-site and off-site remediation of waste. In many cases, it can eliminate the need for offsite disposal of contaminated soils and sediments. The in-pile process can destroy 95% or more of the contaminant mass by oxidation and/or pyrolysis and features an Air Quality Control system that ensures that emissions remain far below treat�ment standards.


"We have long been aware that the marketplace has a growing need for more efficient and cost-effective ways to treat soils and sediments in-pile, and TerraTherm is very pleased to provide an effective solution," says Ralph Baker, Chairman and Chief Scientist at TerraTherm and lead inventor of the new process. "This patented technology enables on-site treatment options that can eliminate the cost and community impacts of transporting the contaminated materials to a treatment facility. Operators of off-site facilities also get major return on investment from improved material handling and other efficiencies. In both cases, the capability to treat large quantities of material in enclosures that permit easy loading and unloading through drive-in-out access will provide substantial benefits."


TerraTherm's In-Box IPTD process is expected to be of great interest to both fixed off-site disposal facility operators and remediation project designers and managers worldwide. Particular interest in this technology has been expressed in North America, Europe and Japan for treatment of Dioxin- and PCB- contaminated soils and sediments. The process can also be configured as a transportable system capable of treating small to moderate volumes of waste that are expensive to dispose of (e.g., soil contaminated by transformer oil spills, drums or supersacks of dioxin-contaminated soil), and do so by means of a quick modular on-site set up and treatment.



Get to Know Us


TerraTherm Welcomes Erin Kahwati 

Erin Kahwati, Human Relations
Erin Kahwati,
Director of Human Relations

Human Resources Professional, Erin Kahwati, is one of the newest additions to the TerraTherm team. With nearly 20 years of experience managing a full spectrum of HR programs and initiatives, Erin is a welcome addition.


Erin is an effective communicator, and has adapted well to TerraTherm's fast paced, and rapidly changing environment. Part of Erin's responsibilities include talent acquisition, effective talent management, and overall organizational development.


Erin holds a BA in Political Science, with a Minor in Education from the University of Southern Maine.


FUN FACT: Erin worked as a zookeeper in her early college years, feeding and caring for animals, including retired circus tiger named Obey, and two lion cubs.




� TerraTherm, Inc. 2012Think Thermal Newsletter Issue 11. Q4 2012