"We go to the early adopters first," said OriginClear CEO Riggs Eckelberry. The cost-effectiveness of the new technology allows him to predict a future in which companies operate decentralized, on-site water treatment centers that recycle dirty water and push it to points of use.
But water waste is still a problem. For example, in California alone, nearly 60% of freshwater allocated to farming is lost to evaporation and runoff.
Even China’s problems present lucrative opportunities for niche California companies. Heavily polluted water, for example, has drawn Chinese investors to companies like OriginClear, which is housed in the Los Angeles Cleantech incubator downtown and makes technology to treat filthy water.
To prepare the wastewater, Cabrales and his team are using cutting-edge technology by the company, OriginClear. The equipment allows Cabrales to separate the nonsoluble particles and filter out the organic compounds through an 'electro-oxidation reactor'.
The ECOPOD pilot scale system uses OriginClear’s Electro Water Separation, requires no chemicals and reliably processes 340 bbl/d of oilfield produced water with minimal operator supervision.
The single-modular system, called the ECOPOD, uses OriginClear’s water treatment technology — ECT is an OriginClear licensee — and reverse osmosis to transform produced water into clean water through a chemical-free, energy-efficient process.
The ECOPOD pilot scale system uses OriginClear's Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), requires no chemicals and reliably processes 340 barrels per day of oilfield produced water with minimal operator supervision.
The judges were impressed by OriginClear’s advanced water cleanup technology, Electro-Water Separation™ (EWS), which is based on electrochemistry and will tackle China’s most recalcitrant type of pollutants.
"Our new symbol better represents our mission to expand our global market presence through strategic acquisition,” said Riggs Eckelberry, president and CEO of OriginClear Inc.
'We have built big, all the way to commercial scale, at our mid-city headquarters,' said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginClear CEO. 'Now we’ve turned high tech and the more than US$5 million in testing and prototyping equipment at La Kretz is exactly what we need to support our scientific programs, and to export our technology.'