DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A $40 billion per annum problem that has plagued the oil and gas industry for 100+ years will soon meet its match. IX Power Clean Water (IX PCW), has acquired the patent rights to OrganiClear™ from Los Alamos National Laboratory and begun commercialization of the most effective proven technology to filter and destroy toxic organic hydrocarbons in “produced water” without creating an additional waste stream.
The OrganiClear machine cleans water to the point that it can be safely used for agriculture and livestock and, with additional processes, can also be used for community water systems.
Produced water is a term for water extracted from the earth along with oil and gas. The water produced may include water from the fossil fuel reservoir, water injected into the formation (including the high pressure water used to fracture the rock formation—“fracking”), and chemicals added during production and well treatment processes.
The major constituents of produced water are salt, oil, grease, and other natural inorganic and organic compounds, chemical additives used in drilling and fracking, and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). BTEX is the set of compounds of major concern. BTEX is an acronym for Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes. Produced water from the extraction of crude oil is always contaminated with these compounds. Unfortunately, BTEX is extremely toxic to humans, animals, crops, and natural vegetation. BTEX can cause illness, birth defects, and even immediate death if concentrated enough.
“This is a global environmental issue,” explained IX PCW CEO John R. Grizz Deal. “Worldwide, the volume of produced water generated each year exceeds 70 billion barrels. OrganiClear will change how the world manages produced water from the oil & gas industry, mining industry, and in manufacturing. Millions of people around the globe suffer from water and subsequent food scarcity. Now we can clean this toxic water for beneficial use or to recycle it for reuse.”
IX Power Clean Water (pronounced Nine Power), is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is one of the IX Power Companies, a group that focuses on bringing game-changing safe power and clean water innovations to market. The partners that comprise IX Power also founded Hyperion Power, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept.