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Electro Water Separation

OriginClear’s breakthrough water cleanup technology, called Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), is a high-speed, primarily chemical-free process that efficiently extracts highly diluted, nonsoluble suspended contaminants from very large quantities of water.

Electro Water Separation Diagram

EWS: A high-speed, low-energy, primarily chemical-free process.

EWS Works in Two Stages

1. Electro-Coagulation: contaminated water enters the first stage, which is a proprietary electro-coagulation process. In this stage, a mild electrical field is applied in specifically designed long tubes, causing the contaminants to coagulate, or “clump” together.

2. Electro-Flotation: the clumped-up material travels into a second stage where another low power electrical field generates a cloud of micro-bubbles that gently lifts the contaminants to the surface for harvesting.

Together, these stages accomplish an important third function, electro-oxidation, which is effective in removing pathogens, for example. The harvested concentrate can be made up of waste, recoverable hydrocarbons, or useful algae feedstock.


EWS technology is generally distributed through licensing. OriginClear offers proof-of-concept units and prototypes for licensees who want to test their markets before manufacturing. These systems also serve as a reference for their own manufacturing processes. Some specific models can be made available, under particular conditions, to non-licensees. Please consult us. All licenses are non-exclusive, but regional preferential treatment is negotiable (“Most Favored Nation”).

Effective in Water-Intensive Industries

Because of its impressive feature set, EWS is valuable in water-intensive industries such as oil & gas, algae, and waste management. EWS is currently deployed in various industry applications ranging from cleaning up produced water or “frack” water in oil and gas well operations, to harvesting algae for beneficial products such as fish feed. EWS is entirely developed in-house by OriginClear and is protected by patents pending worldwide.

Continuously Fast and Extremely Thorough Cleaning


This two-stage process is an energy-efficient, continuous system that advanced testing has shown can achieve up to a 99.9% removal of dispersed oil and a 99.5% removal of suspended solids. EWS technology powers water cleanup systems that are marketed by OriginClear’s licensing partners.

Solid-State Process Control

OriginClear's PCU will help automate operations and enable remote support

The heart of EWS is a proprietary solid-state process control unit (PCU) that controls the entire process, and customizes the power requirements of each application. The PCU is evolving auto-adaptive features that reduce operator intervention and standardize the operating parameters. The system will feature secure communication with OriginClear cloud servers for authentication, remote operation, diagnostics, and software updates. This control system is designed to maintain maximum operating uptime for all OriginClear systems in the field, and is an asset for both end-users and service companies.