The patent improves on a technology that uses the waste stream generated by processing sugar beets for use in anti-icing and de-icing products, the story stated.
Mike Ossian said: "Fusion is a degraded sugar beet-based de-icer that is used in a variety of liquid formulations for de-icing roads and sidewalks. It has also been used as a coating agent to improve the melting performance of dry salts. It is a bio-based product that is environmentally friendly and has recently received bio-preferred status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
The improved sugar beet material makes it safer for motorists to drive on the road after precipitation begins, and because less salt is needed, this new technology also saves money, the story noted.
Ossian Inc. performs more ice-melt testing than any other private laboratory in the United States, the story added.