TERSUS Solutions: using liquid CO2 to clean and process textiles at commercial scale
Over several years, Czero helped TERSUS Solutions (originally CO2Nexus) design and develop the the world’s first and only CO2-based barrier (pass through) commercial laundry system for textiles manufacturing and cleanrooms. The waterless system uses liquid CO2 as a cleaning agent. TERSUS Solutions commercialized the product with support from Patagonia’s $20 Million and Change program and in partnership with the State of California Energy Commission.
Specialized R&D support from the Czero team
Czero’s ongoing role in R&D has included mechanical design, prototyping and testing, and jointly developed technology emerging from the project has entered the patent process as new intellectual property for TERSUS Solutions.
New tech with significant business and environmental benefits
The TERSUS Solutions system eliminates the primary source of water consumption in commercial laundry facilities, thereby reducing the facility footprint, eliminating water/sewage hookups, reducing total energy costs, and decreasing cycle times. Additionally, garments emerge from the TERSUS cleaning cycle already dry, eliminating the need for dryers. With the demand for water—and energy—increasing worldwide, this new technology will significantly reduce costs and resource consumption for fabric and apparel companies as well as cleanroom industries such as semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, medical devices, biotech, and university research.
TRENDS IN GLOBAL WATER CONSUMPTION
Global recognition for innovation
For developing this breakthrough technology, in 2013 TERSUS Solutions (as CO2Nexus) was named a finalist for the Cleanroom Innovation Award, sponsored by European consultancy Reinraum Akademie and the German publication Cleanroom Magazin.