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Ecolab Receives Two 2014 Tekne Awards from the Minnesota High Tech Association
Annual awards recognize Minnesota’s technology innovators and innovations

November 17, 2014

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) presented Ecolab with two Tekne Awards during the 2014 Tekne Awards event, Nov. 13 in Minneapolis. The Tekne Awards honor Minnesota companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people around the world.

Tekne Awards were presented to 12 of Minnesota’s most influential companies in technological innovation, development, commercialization and management. Ecolab was recognized in two award categories, Agriculture and Food and Energy.

In the Agriculture and Food category, Ecolab received a Tekne Award for its recently introduced Antimicrobial Fruit & Vegetable Treatment (AFVT). This no-rinse produce wash reduces 99.9 percent of the pathogens E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella in wash water. AFVT is the food service industry's first no-rinse produce wash to be cleared by both the FDA and EPA for use in produce applications.

In the Energy category, Ecolab received a Tekne Award for its peracetic acid application used in hydraulic fracturing operations. During hydraulic fracturing, large quantities of water are used, so the need for water treatment and reuse is critical. Water treatment prevents the introduction of microorganisms in the formation, which can result in reservoir souring, bio fouling and microbiologically induced corrosion. Ecolab developed an improved formulation of the oxidizing biocide peracetic acid (PAA), which controls biological growth and maintains hydraulic conductivity, minimizes emissions, and facilitates safe, cost-effective onsite water disposal.

“We are honored to recognize Ecolab for its proven leadership and commitment to science and technology innovation in Minnesota,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and chief executive officer, MHTA.

A list of 2014 Tekne Award recipients and finalists is available at www.tekneawards.org.

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