Octaform – Tanks and Digesters
Forms and protection in one step
About the Company:
Octaform began as a designed in Canada, stay-in-place concrete wall forming system that reduces energy consumption and extends the life of high-performance concrete structures. Octaform’s product line now includes high performance wall and ceiling panels.
They began their life in 1997 as a novel alternative to conventional wall construction. In an industry not always known for embracing new ideas, the company growth was steady but slow. The advantages were clear, however, to those that used the product. It went up fast, looked great and offered a level of concrete protection that few had even thought to ask for.
Octaform’s team continues to improve and tweak the concept, improving quality, versatility and performance. Bolstered by these innovations, improvements and a desire to help solve some of the problems facing the globe today, Octaform has been embraced by industries striving to affect positive change in the way we build, generate energy and even grow food.
About the Solution:
Concrete is already one of the toughest and most long-lasting building materials on the planet – Octaform makes it better. By protecting the concrete from corrosion and cracking, it extends the life of it. Whether enduring the hot Florida sun or standing strong against tsunamis and earthquakes, Octaform makes tanks that last.
Octaform is a stay-in-place, concrete forming system. Its closest comparison is to an insulated concrete form (ICF). Long considered by contractors to be an effective, green building material, ICFs provide excellent climate control and energy efficiency. Octaform provides all of these benefits and more.
Because the forming system stays in place, the concrete wall is finished when formed – in one step. This eliminates the need for harsh coatings or cladding. Also, Octaform is extremely versatile. Unlike with traditional ICFs (that are similar in shape to Lego blocks), forming curved walls is a snap with Octaform. Add to this, a built-in, watertight, PVC lining and you have the world’s best solution for concrete tanks.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
Anaerobic Digester Associated Technology:
NOTE: There are several technology types that are used as part of an integrated manure management system that includes an anaerobic digester and are not applicable to manure management in other cases. The impact of these technologies on the critical indicators are represented as those of an entire anaerobic digester system.
- Long usable life and can be run reliably
- Creates energy and generates environmental credits
- Requires proper preparation of the feedstock
- Requires other technologies for energy utilization
- Requires other technologies for digestate handling
- Proper feeding & system monitoring is required to avoid system downtime
- Proven technology for odor control, GHG reduction and pathogen reduction
The value of being able to store and use products at the proper time and without adverse environmental effect is an area that will become increasingly important. The experience and wide variety of options provided by the varied product line of CE Tanks means that they provide a wide ranges of prices and costs.
Newtrient will continue to work with Octoform to further refine the cost and performance information as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come on line.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY