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HJ3 Composite Technologies is one of 21 small businesses nationwide recently awarded a contract through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The goal with these research grants is to help “develop new solutions to some of our biggest environmental challenges,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.


HJ3, who is known for manufacturing, designing and installing high-strength carbon fiber and glass fiber systems to repair degraded infrastructure, is thrilled to be included in this group. “We are very excited about this award, and we are developing a system to scale it on a commercial level,” said Jim Butler, CEO and founder of HJ3. HJ3 is developing more efficient ways to strengthen corroded drinking water pipe, which is currently a significant cost to owners. “We are developing a new automated way of installing high-strength carbon fiber material to strengthen corroded pipelines,” Butler said. “The result is an increase in productivity by 500 percent,” he said. “Workers can go five times faster in completing the work than in current techniques.”
Jim Butler
Jim Butler, CEO of HJ3 Composite Technologies


The EPA contract comes at a time where infrastructure is on people’s minds and in regular conversations. With pipeline breaks and leaks making headlines daily, and the expense of conducting emergency repairs vs. maintenance, this is a serious topic as we continue to plan and work within existing infrastructure repair budgets. We must find creative solutions that do more with less material, less cost and in less time. Fiberglass has been used since 1965 to fix pipelines. In the mid-1980s, carbon fiber was introduced in Japan to repair pipelines. HJ3’s carbon fiber has been successfully used on more than 10,000 applications, worldwide, at a tremendous cost savings vs. replacement of concrete and steel structures.
HJ3’s carbon fiber repair systems are used to fix large and small diameter drinking water pipe


“Now HJ3 is increasing the rate of production. Instead of repairing 100 feet of pipeline at a time, we can do 1,000 feet at a time,” says Butler. “We are still developing it. We did a pilot and proved the concept, and now we are developing the system to scale it on a commercial level,” Butler explained.The $100,000 will be used to finalize the prototypes in Phase 1 of the award, which will be completed in October. HJ3 expects to receive an additional $300,000 for Phase 2, which will be used to commercialize the product. To learn more, please contact HJ3 at info@hj3.com or by calling 1-877-303-0453.
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With the help of the EPA’s grant award, HJ3’s systems will increase in installation time, from 100 feet of pipeline at a time to 1,000 feet