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Sonic and Nalco Mobotec enter into joint venture to process waste fly ash for the cement industry

February 27, 2009

TSX Venture Exchange Symbol: SNV

VANCOUVER, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – SONIC Technology Solutions Inc. (“SONIC” or “the Company”: TSX-V:SNV) today announced that it has entered into a Joint Venture (“JV”) with Nalco Mobotec, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Nalco Mobotec”), to expand the use of waste fly ash from coal-fired power stations as a cement substitute. Nalco Mobotec is a subsidiary of Nalco Holding Company (NYSE: NLC) the global leader in water, energy, air and process technologies and services based in Naperville, IL, USA. Nalco Mobotec specializes in the design and supply of advanced emission technologies for the power industry and supplies major utility companies globally. The JV is a limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, USA, which will develop the SonoAsh process to condition waste fly ash as a cement substitute or additive.

Under the agreement between Nalco Mobotec and Sonic, the JV will undertake development of Sonic’s process (“SonoAsh”), which physically preconditions waste fly ash and reduces residual carbon. Successful development will lead to a fully commercialized process allowing the waste fly ash to be used as a cement substitute or concrete additive. The agreement establishes an earn-in arrangement by which Nalco Mobotec is entitled to direct and fund the development process in consideration for an up to 50% interest in the JV. The first phase of commercialization following successful development will lead to a production plant followed by strategic expansion through localized independent processing facilities.

SonoAsh utilizes a proprietary application that Sonic has developed over the last 18 months to convert waste fly ash from coal fired power plants into cement substitutes and additives for the global concrete industry. Under the terms of the JV agreement, Nalco Mobotec will be responsible for the strategic management of the JV and will invest to develop SonoAsh. Nalco Mobotec and Sonic hope to develop an integrated procurement and supply chain business for fly ash in the cement industry.

Cement is one of the largest commodity industries in the world and is one of the most energy intensive. Fly ash is currently used in the cement industry as a substitute for cement and this practice can contribute significantly to global reduction of green house gases by reducing the need to produce cement. Presently much of the fly ash produced by electrical utilities is unsuitable for use in concrete and must be landfilled. The SonoAsh process turns this waste ash into a valuable product with carbon credits for both the electrical and cement industries.

Eric Fischer, President of Nalco Mobotec, sees this as a significant and natural extension of Nalco Mobotec’s successful work to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity produced from coal. “There are a number of compelling reasons why the development of the SonoAsh process is significant. Production of cement contributes about 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions. North America and Europe selectively utilize high grade fly ash but 65% of North America’s fly ash is deemed unacceptable to the cement industry and ends up in landfills. Global cement demand approaches 3 billion tons annually and has grown rapidly in recent years.” Mr. Fischer expects to be closely involved with the JV and its management.

About Nalco Mobotec

Nalco Mobotec provides innovative solutions to the world’s global air pollution challenges and offers practical approaches for the control of nitrogen and sulfur oxides (NOx/SOx), carbon monoxide, mercury and particulates. Nalco Mobotec’s solutions can accommodate fuel flexibility, biomass conversions, or co-firing in boilers. Instead of requiring major capital equipment purchases, its engineered solutions approach optimizes current assets. Visit www.nalcomobotec.com.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. Such information contained herein represents management’s best judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

SOURCE Sonic Technology Solutions Inc.


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