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Team Gemini Proudly Recognizes A3-USA, Inc. for its Invaluable Water Treatment Solutions

Team Gemini Proudly Recognizes A3-USA, Inc. for its Invaluable Water Treatment Solutions

With water resources being challenged, and economic as well as environmental ramifications affecting an increasing number of groups, Team Gemini works with A3-USA to offer immediate solutions

Team Gemini, LLC has been collaborating with A3-USA, Inc. to provide relief for communities and businesses facing challenges with water treatment. The company is the sole distributor of A3-GmbH’s ultrafiltration plate membranes and nrw Anlagentechnik GmbH‘s CONTEC coarse & fine screens for the North American market. These technologies, along with components like Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis systems, and liquid manure Pre- and Post-Treatment, provide comprehensive solutions for a large variety of needs.

Declining fresh-water resources—with one comprehensive report illustrating the challenges we face—and more restrictive municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant regulations require improved water and wastewater treatment methods. A substantial portion of the United States has adopted stricter wastewater effluent regulations and the remaining areas are soon to follow. The effluent quality leaving wastewater treatment plants usually influences the quality of local groundwater and drinking water as well. As many Americans voice concerns about the quality of their household drinking water, authorities, industries, and developers seek alternatives to treat water, wastewater, and process water.

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“Water is one of our most precious resources as it affects many areas of all-around living, including food and energy,” remarks Richard Haugner, Chief Technical Officer at Team Gemini. “We’re implementing methods of minimizing environmental and economic impacts of water use.” As the costs of using water increases, businesses who require intensive use of this resource can greatly improve their bottom line by implementing more effective water remediation and treatment solutions. Modular MBR plants that feature a small footprint and minimal maintenance needs offer ideal solutions.

Learn more about A3-USA at http://teamgemini.us/a3-usa/ or visiting their main site at http://www.a3-usa.com/.

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Team Gemini Proudly Offers UDR MonoTube Systems for Small-Scale Biogas Solutions

Team Gemini Proudly Offers UDR MonoTube Systems for Small-Scale Biogas Solutions

With compact anaerobic digesters that have been designed for use on livestock farms and food production sites, Team Gemini and their partners offer solutions for a larger variety of communities

Team Gemini, LLC works closely with its partner company enCO2 and others to provide UDR MonoTube options for small-scale farming and other operations. Benefits of this system are unique to those clients who may not have enough feedstock to run a large Biogas plant, but who have enough to still warrant turning their waste into valuable commodities like energy or even compost and fertilizer.

The UDR system is a biological method for anaerobic fermentation plants. Its main technique is based on the bionic system of microorganisms settling onto special surfaces. The MonoTube takes this process and reduces it to a smaller space.

The new fermenter, which is only around three meters (10 feet) in diameter and approximately 15 meters (49 feet) high, features a built-in gas pressure accumulator and benefits from an exceptionally compact design. All other necessary components, such as pumps, heat distributors, controllers and the co-generator are installed on a 4 x 10 m (431 ft2) base.

The system benefits from taking only around two weeks to construct; being able to use a substrate of up to 100% liquid manure; and offering optimum efficiency with low-maintenance operation.

To learn more about Team Gemini’s offerings in UDR MonoTube Digesters, please visit our Bio Refinery and enCO2 pages, or download the UDR brochure.

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Team Gemini Offers Innovative and Sustainable Packaging Solutions by eggbox GmbH

Team Gemini Offers Innovative and Sustainable Packaging Solutions by eggbox GmbH

Advocating innovations in different industries, Team Gemini provides solutions for packaging manufacturers to become more sustainable and competitive

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Team Gemini, LLC met with business leaders of eggbox GmbH (http://eggbox.de/) to now offer their innovative packaging products on the North American market. Providing sustainable source material and a pioneering design platform that are superior to standard products, eggbox cartons are another example of Team Gemini’s efforts to make businesses and communities around the country more environmentally and economically prosperous.

eggbox is a product that’s 100% recycled, and goes one step further: it is the first and only manufactured commodity of machine processible egg cartons that can now even offer clients FSC®-certified quality on request. Made of corrugated cardboard, it gives clients considerably more usable space to present their brand message – in clear offset colors. eggbox is also much more break-proof and superbly stackable.

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“We appreciate the opportunity of offering a variety of solutions of sustainable products,” explains Team Gemini President Douglas Haughn. “Sustainability isn’t just a matter of renewable energy, but also offering more subtle and impactful ways in which we treat our environment and conduct business. eggbox is a great example of something that is applied on a large scale, and serves the principles of the Triple Bottom Line.”

eggbox is just one component of a larger range of food processing projects in which Team Gemini is engaged. The company is also working with select food processing companies around the country to provide a revamped operational model based on renewable energy and waste remediation.

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Team Gemini Receives Special Mention in the December 2014 Newsletter for the World Preview Center

Team Gemini Receives Special Mention in the December 2014 Newsletter for the World Preview Center

Central Florida organization of ambassadors aids Team Gemini in communicating its sustainability initiatives and solutions for the region

By Andrés Goyanes

Team Gemini received a special mention in the December 2014 newsletter for the World Preview Center, a networking organization represented by Ambassadors from a diverse group of backgrounds, nationalities and industrial expertise. The organization is based in Kissimmee, Florida, and has the mission to connect people, companies and industries for benefit of sharing ideas and business development opportunities.

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Download a copy of the newsletter here, or learn more about the World Preview Center by visiting http://worldpreviewcenter.com/.

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Off-Grid German Town of Feldheim Provides Working Model of Full Renewable Energy Integration

Off-Grid German Town of Feldheim Provides Working Model of Full Renewable Energy Integration

The Gemini Synergy Center model by Team Gemini is already successfully implemented in some capacities in communities around the world. Examples continue to drive progress.

By Mathias Haugner

The German town of Feldheim is Germany’s first completely energy self-sufficient community powered by wind and solar and heated by biogas. More than 3,000 eco-tourists visited the location in 2013 eager to see how the East German village has gone off the grid.

The path to complete sustainability is not without challenges, but a dedicated community, the right project developers and technology providers, as well as supporting infrastructure, can help implement such ambitious visions. Even with all resources aligned properly, it can still take years for projects to fully become a reality. But the end result is worth it.

In the case of Feldheim, Team Gemini looks closely at ways of improving the existing model. Not all towns can benefit from wind energy, or they may have a limited supply of feedstock to produce biogas. Alternatives can be implemented, and new components—like water treatment, recycling of commodities, and sustainable food production—can be added to a community’s roster of self-sustaining features.

To learn more about the town of Feldheim and the history of its renewable energy development, this Spiegel article provides more insight. For a video describing the town’s history, visit this ABC’s The Business page.

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Team Gemini Offers Sustainable Remedies for New Ohio Bill Restricting Spread of Manure

Team Gemini Offers Sustainable Remedies for New Ohio Bill Restricting Spread of Manure

Ohio lawmakers are looking for ways to deal with toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere. Restrictions to spread manure make Team Gemini products an ideal remedy.

By Andrés Goyanes and Mathias Haugner

Amidst recent water crises that included exposure to toxic household water for hundreds of thousands of residents in the state of Ohio, lawmakers are seeking to implement policies that will help prevent such emergencies from occurring in the future. A process has started to implement legislation that seeks to stop farms in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields. This is a double-edged sword: while it will help prevent runoff from manure to pollute local waterways, it will also burden farmers with potential costs of having to deal with thousands of tons of manure annually. That is where Team Gemini offers effective solutions that create economic and environmental value. And these solutions don’t just apply to this bill, but farming operations and environmental restrictions elsewhere.

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One of Team Gemini’s core business models is processing waste and turning it into valuable commodities. As part of that solution set, Team Gemini and its partners at enCO2, 2G CENERGY, and A3-USA provide options of processing manure on farms. Options include separating valuable nitrogen and nitrates from the manure, and processing manure solids and liquids through Team Gemini’s UDR Anaerobic Digestion system. The resulting biogas feeds Combined Heat and Power units that convert it into electricity, thermal energy, thermal recovery, and even additional assets like concentrated fertilizer and compost, or fertilizer pelletizing.

With solutions processing feedstock from 8-15 tons per day (which can be up to 100% liquid manure), to several thousand tons per day, Team Gemini works closely with farmers to implement a solution that is most ideal for their needs.

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To learn more about Team Gemini’s solutions in turning waste into commodities, please visit: http://teamgemini.us/.

To view the original article in The Columbus Dispatch, visit http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/18/aim-no-manure-on-frozen-fields.html.

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Team Gemini Continues to Achieve Milestones in its Grove City Project

November 6, 2014

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Team Gemini Continues to Achieve Milestones in its Grove City Project

The company’s innovative Center of Resource Recovery and Recycling (COR3) in Central Ohio will raise the bar in sustainable waste management

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(Orlando, Florida) – Team Gemini, LLC, a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, has released its mid-year update on the progress of the Gemini Synergy Center at Grove City, Ohio—the company’s flagship sustainable industrial park, which broke ground in December 2013 and has since been making progress in clearing out the land and excavating the site as needed for foundations and a new entry road for the project.

Team Gemini Project Cardinal, LLC (“Team Gemini”) is very excited about the continued progress on its project in Grove City, Ohio. This project, awarded to Team Gemini in an RFP process by SWACO over a year ago, continues to make headway and is closer and closer to its realization. The holistic approach of this project, along with the strength of its team members, was planned to be built in at least two phases.

The first phase, known as the Center of Resource Recovery and Recycling (“COR3”), will be one of the largest recycling centers of its kind in the United States. Starting late next year, the project will be starting the hiring process with its facility operator, ReCommunity Ohio, LLC (recommunity.com), estimating that over 410 people will be needed to operate this facility.

Team Gemini broke ground last December on the new entry road for both the Franklin County Landfill and the COR3 facility. Although there have been numerous changes to the road design and weather delays, Team Gemini, its designers and contractors are actively working with SWACO to resolve and implement the changes needed to keep the new entry road portion of this project moving forward.

To date, Team Gemini has achieved all of its major milestones in the agreement between SWACO and Team Gemini on the entire COR3 project, with only one item remaining, which has a completion date in the summer of 2016.

“This is a very large and complex project that will bring prosperity and progress to Central Ohio,” said Mr. Doug Haughn, President of Team Gemini, “and there are many details, activities, contributors and events that must be orchestrated to keep the project moving forward smoothly.” Furthermore, Mr. Haughn adds that “Everyone involved in the project has been very supportive and valuable in helping make this project a reality, but in that process there are often misunderstandings or confusion on some of the finer details.”

Based on the current contracts between Team Gemini, contractors, architects and engineers, the company is in compliance and the project is under development according to schedule on everything that is within Team Gemini’s control.

Once completed in the summer of 2016, the COR3 is designed to recover over 250,000 tons of recyclables from the waste stream that is currently being sent to the Franklin County landfill. This will extend the life of the landfill as well as produce additional income for SWACO.

Team Gemini’s unique approach and best in class technologies will help all of this come true and will become a very proud accomplishment for everyone. In addition, this project is for the greater good and its all encompassing benefits will positively impact not just the community and its people, but also the environment and the economic potential of the region.

Team Gemini is overwhelmed by the support is has received by the community, local business, Government Officials and SWACO and joins all of them in the excitement in seeing this first phase of the facility operational in the near future.

 

About Team Gemini, LLC

Team Gemini, LLC (TG) is a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, Florida that develops community-based technology clusters that yield sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. TG works with communities, government and public sector leaders to combine renewable energy, recycling, water conservation and food production in a closed-loop sustainable relationship. The company’s sustainable clusters function as a carbon-negative operation guided by Corporate Social Responsibility and an alignment with the Triple Bottom Line.

To learn more about Team Gemini services and markets, please visit http://www.teamgemini.us.

 

Media Contacts:

Douglas P. Haughn
Team Gemini, LLC
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Media Inquiries Only: 407-459-8550

Andres Goyanes
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Team Gemini welcomes Colombian Youth Ambassadors as Part of Cultural Exchange to Promote Sustainability Awareness

October 23, 2014

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Team Gemini welcomes Colombian Youth Ambassadors as Part of Cultural Exchange to Promote Sustainability Awareness

The visit to the company’s Orlando Headquarters in October 2014 included more than a dozen students from high schools in Colombia, organized by Florida Colombia Partners of the Americas

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(Orlando, FL) — Team Gemini, LLC, a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, welcomed to its offices a group of Youth Ambassadors from Colombia representing top high schools in the South American country. The group, which is sponsored by the local Florida Chapter of Partners of the Americas at Stetson University, learned about the purpose, history, projects, and ongoing work of Team Gemini.

Interaction with the students by various members of Team Gemini included exchanges about the youths’ aspirations for a sustainable future and many of them shared their interest in pursuing careers in sustainability-related fields.

Consistent with the Florida Colombia Partners’ mission to connect people and organizations across the borders of the Western Hemisphere, this was the students’ first trip to the United States. The group’s mission is to foster development of their leadership and volunteerism potential through lasting partnerships that serve the global community and change lives.

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Among the day’s events for the Colombian students was a 360-degree tour of The Plaza Penthouse, the 20,000 square-foot facility where Team Gemini is located. The tour, which was facilitated by Rose Garlick, Information Center Manager/Business Coordinator at Downtown Orlando, offered Colombian students a great view of the city and surrounding areas, as well as historical and current-event insights into the greater Orlando region.

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Team Gemini offered a presentation of current and future projects that included many opportunities for discussion. Conversations included Colombia’s own endeavors in renewable energy (with a large portion of the country’s energy being generated through wind- and hydro-power), as well as options for resource recovery as exemplified by Team Gemini’s Center of Resource Recovery & Recycling (COR3). The Gemini Synergy Center (GSC) then became a topic of interest, as issues about turning unwanted waste into valuable resources for communities became an eye-opening prospect.

Students were introduced to the sustainable business concept of the Triple Bottom Line and its benefits as a balancing force between people, profits and the planet.

A few of the group’s members are already considering career fields related to sustainability, such as civil engineering, machine automation and robotics. Others were intrigued by potential roles working with water treatment and conservation, as well as large-scale sustainable agriculture, waste treatment, and fuel creation.

“Our visit to Washington D.C. and central Florida has been a wonderful, exciting and motivating learning experience,” explains Stiven Cortez of Pereira, Colombia, on behalf of the entire group of 12 Youth Ambassadors sponsored by Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Dept. of State. “We saw and learned a lot of new things, and […] we liked the green team presentation because it showed that both big and small waste conversion projects can be done through public/private partnerships. We will tell others in Colombia about this, and we want to see those types of projects done there too because around the world this is needed to help save the planet. We thank everyone who has worked with us.”

This official Florida Colombia Partners visit served as an opportunity to showcase Team Gemini’s efforts to collaborate with communities across the globe, while inspiring future generations to be stewards of sustainability.

By continually educating itself in trendsetting community models and sustainability advancements everywhere, Team Gemini seeks to integrate the best cases in sustainability from around the world, and improve upon them with its own designs.

Team Gemini looks forward to further exploring its connections with the Florida Colombia Partners, including the potential for future projects in Colombia. To learn more about Florida Colombia Partners and their initiatives, visit http://floridacolombiapartners.org/.

About Team Gemini, LLC

Team Gemini, LLC (TG) is a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, Florida that develops community-based technology clusters that yield sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. TG works with communities, government and public sector leaders to combine renewable energy, recycling, water conservation and food production in a closed-loop sustainable relationship. The company’s sustainable clusters function as a carbon-negative operation guided by Corporate Social Responsibility and an alignment with the Triple Bottom Line.

To learn more about Team Gemini services and markets, please visit http://www.teamgemini.us.

Media Contacts:

Douglas P. Haughn
Team Gemini, LLC
media [at] teamgemini.us
Media Inquiries Only: 614-316-9839 or 407-459-8522

Andres Goyanes
Fuego Communications
media [at] fuegocommunications.com

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Team Gemini and Partners to Feature at the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference

October 6, 2014

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Team Gemini and Partners to Feature at the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference

Three-day event to include leading industry vendors, education sessions, networking opportunities, and more to accelerate growth and opportunities within the bioproducts-based sector

(Orlando, FL) — Team Gemini, LLC, a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, will be an active participant at the inaugural 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference held on October 6-8, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. It is a unique opportunity to bring together national and international industry leaders in support of consumer and corporate demand for bio-based products.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will provide keynote remarks on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 5:00 pm, with the presentation of the “Bioproduct Innovation of the Year” award on Monday, Oct. 6. Team Gemini’s President Douglas P. Haughn will be among the presenters, speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 am, on the topic of “Biobased Materials from Wastes.” He will also facilitate a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 10:45 am with Joel Stone of Green Biologics and Laurence Eaton (Billion Ton Study). Representation from team members includes Al Lettinga from enCO2, LLC as well as Keith Ely from Ely & Associates, Inc.

The event, organized by the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC), is set to attract government procurement officials; buyers for retail stores and other large commercial companies; USDA-Certified bioproduct manufacturers; producers of bio-based materials, including commodity organizations, biotechnology providers, processors, compounders and other industrial collaborators; and rural economic development organizations.

“This conference presents an opportunity to connect, learn, and lay the foundation for potential project endeavors that can change communities,” advises Haughn. “From farmers familiarizing themselves with the latest methods and products for turning waste into energy, to universities and businesses integrating lessons about sustainability into their operations, there is a lot to be gained for those who participate.”

The list of participants is extensive, and includes the likes of: Battelle, Emery, Ford, Office Depot, PepsiCo, Sherwin Williams, Tarkett, and the USDA, to name a few. Roundtable discussions, receptions, mini-sessions and showcases, and Public-Private-Partnership presentations will be par for the course.

Team Gemini actively works on fostering efficient use of bio-based products. From the company’s partners in anaerobic digestion and combined heat and power technologies, to sustainable agriculture that minimizes burdens on environmental resources, Team Gemini’s partner products and development services offer trendsetting solutions for the industry. The Gemini Synergy Center in Grove City, OH represents the definitive example of generating renewable energy, sustainable crops, and recycled materials with commercial value, along with other benefits.

To learn more about the conference, visit its dedicated web site at http://www.bioproductsworld.org/.

About Team Gemini, LLC

Team Gemini, LLC (TG) is a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, Florida that develops community-based technology clusters that yield sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. TG works with communities, government and public sector leaders to combine renewable energy, recycling, water conservation and food production in a closed-loop sustainable relationship. The company’s sustainable clusters function as a carbon-negative operation guided by Corporate Social Responsibility and an alignment with the Triple Bottom Line.

To learn more about Team Gemini services and markets, please visit http://www.teamgemini.us.

Media Contacts:

Douglas P. Haughn
Team Gemini, LLC
media [at] teamgemini.us
Media Inquiries Only: 614-316-9839 or 407-459-8522

Andres Goyanes
Fuego Communications
media [at] fuegocommunications.com

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Team Gemini Deutschland GmbH welcomes American affiliates from OBIC and others for a nearly week-long visit to Germany

Team Gemini Deutschland GmbH welcomes American affiliates from OBIC and others for a nearly week-long visit to Germany

Visit to include discussions on research collaborations for sustainable aquaculture, as well as learning more about project initiatives in Germany and beyond

(Rostock, Germany) — Members of Team Gemini LLC (TG), a sustainable project design and development company with German headquarters in Rostock, Germany, will be welcoming visitors from The Ohio State University’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) and others on Tuesday, September 23. This tour will be the start of an ongoing relationship to coordinate and conduct quality research to support OSU-Team Gemini projects in sustainability.

Visitors will include Richard “Max” Maksimoski, Industrial Liaison for OBIC; Dr. Ram Lalgudi, Senior Research Scientist with Battelle; and Dr. Laura Tiu, Director of the Aquaculture Extension Program at Ohio State University.

The nearly week-long program has been carefully crafted to include important deliberations with key collaborators in Germany, including professors and research leaders at the University of Rostock (one of the oldest universities in the world), the Born Institute for Fisheries, and an advanced aquaculture facility in Völklingen, Germany. Time to take in the sights, sounds, and cultural offerings of Germany has also been included, and OBIC will have the opportunity to explore Berlin on Saturday, September 27. Planned tours include visiting the Bundestag, and a 2 ½ boat-and-bus tour of the German capital.

We invite you to follow OBIC’s blog for their visit, which is available at http://u.osu.edu/tiu.2/. You can also follow updates at http://teamgemini.us/news/, as well as our Twitter (http://twitter.com/teamgeminius) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/teamgeminius) pages.

Team Gemini is an active partner of The Ohio State University’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC), directed by Denny Hall and his team of innovators in the fields of bioproducts, sustainable agriculture and other related fields of study and research. Part of the ongoing partnership is an emphasis on creating new curriculum for developing sustainability in the region and country, as well as empowering young and old stewards of the environment.

About Team Gemini LLC

Team Gemini LLC (TG) is a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, Florida that develops community-based technology clusters that yield sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.  TG works with communities, government and public sector leaders to combine renewable energy, recycling, water conservation and food production in a closed-loop sustainable relationship.  The company’s sustainable clusters function as a carbon-neutral operation guided by Corporate Social Responsibility and an alignment with the Triple Bottom Line.

To learn more about Team Gemini services and markets, please visit http://www.teamgemini.us

Media Contacts:

Doug Haughn
Team Gemini LLC
doug [at] teamgemini.us

Andres Goyanes
Fuego Communications and Marketing, Inc.
media [at] fuegocommunications.com

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