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Sandia Tests Prove Terra Pave is Environmentally Friendly

09 Dec 2020

Sandia National Laboratories, acknowledged as one of the top labs in the U.S., finished its testing of Terra Pave in regards to heavy metal contaminants, organic contaminants and water pollution and comparison of the results with those for AEP (Asphalt Emulsion Product). The Sandia National Laboratories is one of three National Nuclear Security Administration research and development laboratories in the United States. Beckett Solar Energy (http://www.beckettsolar.com) is pleased to share the results of the report.

  • It is Sandia's mission to maintain the reliability and surety of nuclear weapon systems - other missions include research and development in energy and environmental programs, as well as the surety of critical national infrastructures.

Terra Pave products are liquid soil stabilizers that permanently bind and transform the ground into a pavement-like layer. Terra Pave Top-Seal is engineered to achieve the albedo of snow – for use with bifacial solar panels.

According to the results, Terra Pave products have clear advantages against AEP (Asphalt Emulsion Product). Today approximately 3 million tons of emulsions are produced in the United States representing about 5% to 10% of asphalt consumption. Approximately 8 million tons of asphalt are used in emulsion form worldwide, about 9% of all asphalt usage.[1]

The inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry from SANDIA National Laboratories have revealed that in most cases, Terra Pave products exhibited far less to no heavy metal contaminants compared to AEP. Road bases, which when subjected to rainwater, are known to leach heavy metals and contaminate water tables.

Large quantities of heavy metals polluted into the environment threaten and compromise animal and human health. Due to the nondegradable state of metals, there can be bioaccumulation of these pollutants in the food chains, with remediation typically requiring extensive physical and chemical sequestrations in soil, air, and/or water.

Some Terra Pave products exhibited high levels of titanium, magnesium, potassium and calcium. This is not concerning since these metals are considered safe.

In addition to metal pollution, organic contaminants are of concern with asphalt products. Freshly paved roads and tar roofs are a significant source of air and water pollution. VOC and intermediate/semi-volatile organic compounds emissions are responsible for substantial public health effects.

Identification and quantification of compounds within the samples were performed using the NIST Mass Spectral Search Program and Automated Mass Spectral Deconvolution and Identification System.

The volatile organic analysis revealed extremely low petroleum hydrocarbon content and outgassing in the Terra Pave products, while AEP revealed extremely high levels. 

That makes Terra Pave products clearly advantageous for human health and the environment compared to asphalt products like AEP.  Beckett Solar’s Managing Partner, Sharon Bailey shared, “These advantages make Terra Pave a sound alternative for the creation of albedo-enhancing bifacial solar farms, roads, foot-paths or parking lots.

Aside from organic pollution, water pollution can also occur from the leaching of salt into the environment. Increased salinity can have lethal and sublethal effects on aquatic plants and invertebrates, including making freshwater non-potable for human consumption.

Ion chromatography reveals that Terra Pave contains higher levels of salt than AEP.

Spraying Terra Pave products is like spraying water with an acceptable sodium content on soil. Terra Pave products contain a natural non-toxic sodium content.  Though sodium is present within the newly created pavement-like structure, sodium does not leach into any water supplies beneath Terra Pave products. 

  • Terra Pave products have a maximum of 0.6 gallons per square yard application rate. Terra Pave layers can be ground up and mixed in with the existing soil.  Because of the maximum application rate, the sodium content of the Terra Pave layer will not be a problem for farming operations looking to recycle the treated soil.

Thanks to sponsor Eco Estates International, these tests could take place.

Terra Pave | http://terrapaveinternational.com/

Sandia National Laboratories | https://http://www.sandia.gov