New OrganiClear™ Technology for Cleaning Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) and other Oil & Gas processes to be presented at 28th Annual WaterReuse Symposium by IX Power Clean Water CEO John “Grizz” Deal

The water industry will get its first official and public introduction to OrganiClear on Sunday afternoon, September 15, 2013 at the 28th Annual WaterReuse Symposium in Denver, Colorado in the U.S. IX Power Clean Water CEO John R. Grizz Deal will present the new technology, which originated at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Texas, and New Mexico Tech. It has been hailed as the most effective proven technology to filter and destroy toxic organic hydrocarbons, such as the notorious BTEX compounds, in “produced water” without creating an additional waste stream. Held in Denver September 15 – 18, the WaterReuse Symposium is the leading event in the U.S. for presenting the latest innovations in water reuse and desalination. More information about the event can be found at http://www.watereuse.org/symposium28.

A $40 billion per annum problem for the oil and gas industry, the handling, cleaning and disposal of produced water is gaining more attention from environmental regulators in the U.S. and other oil and gas producing countries every year. Produced water is a term to describe the polluted 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 OrganiClear machine cleans water of its organic hydrocarbons 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.IX_PCW_Logo_Sept12

“OrganiClear will change how the world manages produced water from the oil & gas industry, mining industry, and in manufacturing,” explains Deal. “As part of an operation’s water treatment train, OrganiClear not only separates the dangerous organic hydrocarbons, it destroys them while creating no additional waste stream. While other existing processes for cleaning produced water leave piles of toxic consumables that then must also be disposed of, OrganiClear effectively “eats” the toxins leaving nothing behind for additional handling.”

The major constituents of produced water are salt, oil, grease, and various other natural inorganic and organic compounds, chemical additives used in drilling and fracking, and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM).

BTEX is one set of compounds of organic hydrocarbons of major concern. BTEX is an acronym that stands for Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes, which are all closely related. These compounds are soluble in water so produced water from the extraction of crude oil is always contaminated with these compounds.

Unfortunately, BTEX is extremely toxic and dangerous to humans, animals, crops, and natural vegetation. Benzene is carcinogenic while Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes have harmful effects on the central nervous system. Frequently found together, the BTEX compounds can cause illness, birth defects, eventual death—and even immediate death if highly concentrated.

Thus far, the oil and gas industry worldwide has generally dealt with produced water by subsurface disposal, disposal on the surface (in ponds), and by cleaning it to a degree that it can be re-used in oil and gas extraction processes. Some operations have cleaned it to the point that it can be used for irrigation, although without the OrganiClear technology, that process is costly and damaging to the environment. Given the high cost of organics elimination, some oil and gas operators are forced to release their produced water untreated where it pollutes aquifers, rivers, and the ocean. OrganiClear solves this important problem.

“This is a global environmental issue,” said Deal, “because for each barrel of oil recovered, 5 to 40 times as much water is produced, creating the adage that ‘oil recovery is really water recovery with a bit of oil thrown in.’ Worldwide, the volume of produced water generated each year exceeds 70 billion barrels (1 bbl = 42 U.S. gallons.

Produced water accounts for 98% of the waste products in the oil & gas industry. Each year in order to comply with local, state, provincial, and federal environmental laws, oil and gas companies spend an estimated $40 billion cleaning and/or disposing of produced water. Costs include transportation, pre-treatment, re-injection, and desalination, and vary widely depending upon the water’s properties, volume, and geographic location. Typical handling costs range from $2 to $10 per barrel of water, and can run as high as $15 per barrel. The cost to eliminate “everything but TDS*” using OrganiClear in produced water ranges from $0.28 to $0.50 per barrel.

“So, why not clean it for beneficial use or recycle it for reuse?” notes Deal. “When millions of people around the globe suffer from water and subsequent food scarcity, we need to clean as much produced water as possible and turn it into “found” water. OrganiClear can make a huge difference: for industry, for the environment, and humankind. The oil and gas industry wants to do the right thing with its produced water. OrganiClear helps them in that effort.”

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 companies also have offices in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Moscow, Russia. Before starting the IX Power group of companies, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for four years. He co-founded Hyperion Power, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, along with the IX Power Leadership Team: Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, Randall Wilson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass-produced, self-contained 25MWe nuclear power reactor that was factory assembled and safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck. Now known as a design in the Generation IV (GenIV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was designed to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to industry and remote communities.

 *Costs to reduce Total Dissolved Solids, TDS, vary widely given TDS quantities and discharge limits.

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Deborah Deal-Blackwell to present “Getting Started on Your P.R. & Marketing” at Denver Innovators Workshop on June 12

   

Deborah Deal-Blackwell

Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR

     People involved in new business startups, inventors and innovators, even those that have been in business for some time – all can benefit by attending the free Denver Innovators Workshop session “Getting Started on Your P.R. & Marketing” on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Cluster Studios. Presented by veteran marketer Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR, the two-hour event will cover how to start marketing your product or service and what business owners should do first, explore what business owners can do on their own, and when and how to hire a public relations, marketing or advertising firm. In addition, the Workshop will also present the latest available information about business exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at the upcoming Denver Startup Street Faire in conjunction with Denver Startup Week. To ensure a seat, attendees should RSVP for the event at: http://www.denverinnovators.org.

     Deborah Deal-Blackwell is an Accredited Public Relations practitioner (APR) with 30+ years creating and handling public relations and marketing campaigns for a diverse group of clients from the Caribbean to Moscow, Russia and all across the United States.  Her early career in television was followed by leadership positions at two of Florida’s top advertising and PR firms. She also owned an operated her own successful public relations firm and was the CEO of Angel Flight Southeast, a regional non-profit. From her home base outside Washington, D.C., she has represented clients, including the Hyperion Power Generation small modular reactor company, before the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy, and many other federal agencies. Currently, she is the CEO of the non-profit IX Power Foundation and consults with a handful of clients offering innovative new products. She is a member of the National Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America, both in Washington, D.C., the Friends of the Gum Spring Library, and other organizations.

The Denver Innovators Workshop is a not-for-profit group of innovators and inventors, scientists and geeks, business professionals and students, who came together in 2012 for the purpose of helping each other succeed. In this process, the Workshop participants aspire to actually raise the number of new products, services and companies in the Greater Denver area, while boosting the area’s reputation for innovation.

In addition to its monthly meetings at Cluster Studios, the Denver Innovators Workshop is hosting the Denver Startup Street Faire.  Billed as a “Public Science, Technology, & Manufacturing Faire for Adults & Kids of All Ages,” the Denver Startup Street Faire is being held in conjunction with Denver Startup Week, and with support from the Denver Office of Economic Development and the nonprofit IX Power Foundation. The event will provide inventors, innovators and new businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services to the public downtown at the Wellington Webb Building on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

 Press Contact: Claire Paulette        Claire at IXPowerFoundation dot org or (505) 661-1000, ext. 902.

Grizz Deal to speak on Small & Modular Reactors in London at NIA conference

What’s happening with Small & Modular Reactors now?  Find out when John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC will provide an overview on the small modular reactors (SMR) industry at the Nuclear Industry Association’s “Near Term SMRs in the U.K.” event on January 30 in London.      

John R. Deal, aka “Grizz,” will sharing the latest information on Small & Modular Reactors at the NIA in London January 30, 2012.

The event will also feature presentations by industry luminaries such as  Lord John Hutton, Chairman of the NIA, and Alexander Bychkov, Deputy Director General at the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). Sponsored by Eversheds, as a public service attendance the event is open to all for a nominal fee of GBP 75.  To register, send an email to Stephanie McKenna whose address is located on the NIA web site. 

IX Power is an safe energy and clean water technology innovation firm based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Before starting IX Power, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for five years. He co-founded Hyperion, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, with Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass produced, self-contained 25MWe power reactor safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck after complete factory assembly. Now known as a design in the generation IV (Gen IV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was created to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to remote communities outside the U.S. and industrial and mining operations.

Before starting Hyperion, Deal served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful company spinouts from a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology transfer effort. Additionally, Deal served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation, and as Visiting Entrepreneur at LANL. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.

IX Power is working with an international team of scientists and strategists to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies including the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream. The company’s main offices are in Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., and London, England.

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IX Power CEO, John R. Grizz Deal to Brief World Nuclear Power Conference on Small Modular Reactor Industry

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 12 November 2012 – John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC will be the featured speaker on the small modular reactors (SMR) industry at Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefing in Warsaw, Poland. Deal will present “Applications for the use of Small Modular Reactors – What is in the Cards for the Future” at the two day event December 10 and 11. 

John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC

IX Power is an energy and water technology innovation firm based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Before starting IX Power, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for five years. He co-founded Hyperion, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, with Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass produced, self-contained 25MWe power reactor safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck after complete factory assembly. Now known as a design in the generation IV (Gen IV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was created to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to remote communities outside the U.S. and industrial and mining operations.

At Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefing, Deal will present the current global inventory of frontrunner SMR designs and technology. He will discuss the application of SMRs, along with the implementation, licensing, safety, security, financial and the policy issues impacting their development.

Before starting Hyperion, Deal served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful company spinouts from a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology transfer effort. Additionally, Deal served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation, and as Visiting Entrepreneur at LANL. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.

IX Power is working with an international team of scientists and strategists to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies including the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream. The company’s main offices are in Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., and London, England.

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IX Power’s Ned Swan to Chair and Present at Oil & Gas Conferences in London

In addition to fostering the development and widespread use of new and better technologies for safe and clean energy and water, the IX Power team is sharing their expertise at conferences worldwide.

IX Power’s Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan is Chairing two conferences on Oil & Gas in London in November.

On the immediate horizon, Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan, International General Counsel for IX Power, LLC, will be chairing and speaking at two conferences in London, November 26, and November 29-30, 2012.  Sponsored by Falconbury’s Oil & Gas Contract School, the first is “Understanding, Negotiating and Drafting Oil and Gas Industry Contracts.” The November 29-30 conference is titled Joint Ventures & Other Collaboration Agreements for the Oil & Gas Industry.”  Both conferences will be held at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel.

Dr. Swan is U.K. Managing Director and International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd, and a leading international expert and advisor on energy policy, law and regulation. He has been adviser to the European Commission, Council of European Energy Regulators, national governments, energy markets, energy traders, and major energy firms. He has also been a partner at three major international law firms, where he advised on all aspects of the energy business including contracts, joint ventures, concessions, production, refining, purchasing, shipping, trading, environmental issues and litigation. Ned is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law at University College London where he originated, and taught the LLM (Master’s degree) course in Regulation of Financial Markets. He is admitted to the New York and US Federal Courts, and is a member of the Energy Institute, and the UCL Energy Institute. The Legal 500 has praised… ‘Ned Swan’s impressive energy related work.’

Nuclear Power Industry gets a Helping Hand for Workforce Planning

Good News!  There’s now a comprehensive tool (plus a conference and training Sept. 10-12) that assists countries in exploring and determining their human resource needs for starting or improving their nuclear energy power plant program.

It’s no secret that IX Power is an advocate for nuclear energy. Recognizing that implemented properly, nuclear power is still the cleanest, most environmentally friendly, and possibly the least expensive method for delivering electricity, we believe there is a place for nuclear in the energy programs of many countries.  Indeed, today a considerable number of countries continue to be interested in incorporating nuclear power in their energy mix.

Hosted by the IX Power Foundation, the Conference and Training on the NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) tool will be held in London, England, 10-12 September 2012.

Hosted by the IX Power Foundation, the Conference and Training on the NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) tool will be held in London, England, 10-12 September 2012.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides guidance so that every country can explore whether developing their own sovereign nuclear programme is appropriate for them. Many do see a path to energy independence through nuclear, and are exploring the many options available to them to establish a programme that fits their country’s unique needs.      

The nuclear energy power plant industry is growing. About 13.5% of the world’s electricity production in 2010 came from nuclear power. In 31 countries around the globe, 436 nuclear power plant units with 370 GW of installed electric net capacity are in operation. Sixty-three new nuclear plants, with an installed capacity of 60 GW are under construction in 15 countries.

However, every country requires a programme that fits their country’s unique needs, goals and available resources.  An essential step in their pursuit of a nuclear power plant programme is researching and planning to forecast and procure human resources. This “workforce” is needed right from the start to budget, construct, and regulate nuclear power plants, as well as safely operate, fuel, refuel, maintain, and eventually decommission them. Human resource planning is equally important for those countries that have currently operating plants. At the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the importance of the workforce – in particular, establishing and maintaining education and training for the safety of nuclear power plant infrastructure, radiation, and waste safety – continues to be emphasized every year.

Until now there has been no independent tool allowing countries to evaluate and make workforce plans to fit their own particular needs.

Introducing NPHR Workforce Modelling & Analysis Software

Created for the International Atomic Energy Agency, NPHR is a new and unique human resources, regulatory, and operations software planning tool that originated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. NPHR was initially designed to assist in the creation of a nuclear power capability in countries without an established infrastructure. However, countries well experienced in nuclear power plant planning can also benefit from NPHR’s rational and comprehensive approach to staff planning for existing and new plants. The software is provided free of charge by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the IX Power Foundation, with support from the London-based Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) will be holding a conference and training session on NPHR 10-12 September 2012 in London.

Click Here for the IX Power Foundation Press Release on NPHR

What NPHR Provides

Outputs of the NPHR software tool include a model representation of the proposed nuclear power programme, from initial planning phases to plant decommissioning. The software includes the ability to change assumptions related to power demand, plant construction time-lines, and other major factors.

Nuclear Workforce

The NPHR software includes analysis of the workforce for construction, plant operations, and the regulatory body, reflecting the qualified personnel required to support the planning, procurement, construction, licensing, regulation, start-up and operation of a nuclear power plant.

• Assumptions on staffing levels can be changed to see the impact on workforce demand.  

• Users have the ability to compare assumptions for outsourcing strategies.

• The software includes workforce and infrastructure, which are linked to form a logically consistent structure.

• While running the model, variations in the demand for power, the rate of nuclear power growth, and workforce assumptions can be made and continually iterated to reach an optional workforce programme reaching decades into the future.

• The models provided by NorIX outline the initial conditions and baseline plan for nuclear power in that country.

Education & Training

In addition, model ouputs from NPHR include a representation of the country’s national education system for career paths related to nuclear power. For planning future supply of qualified workers, the model allows investigation of recruitment into nuclear career paths and attrition from the educational pipeline. The model also allows investigation of opportunities for specialized training for nuclear plant operating staff.

Who Should Attend the NPHR Conference & Training in London, 10-12 September 2012

  • Agents and representatives of governments interested in building or operating new or existing nuclear power plants
  • Education and training institutions involved in the nuclear industry
  • Nuclear and other energy human resource/manpower planners
  • Anyone involved in energy planning for their country or in operating & building a nuclear plant

 Benefits of Attending

  • Insight on beginning a new nuclear power plant programme or improving an existing one
  • How to build an effective resource pool of requisite talent and skills
  • Working knowledge of the new NPHR human resource analysis tool and how it benefits energy industries
  • Hands-on training to use and customize NPHR to build the appropriate workforce, regulatory and educational resources for your country
  • Valuable contacts for starting or improving your nuclear power plant program

Click here to learn more about the September Conference & Training on the NPHR tool.

 

IX Power New Technology

IX Power’s new OrganiClear™ Clean Water Technology to Debut at TVC’s Deal Stream Summit April 3-5

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, February 21, 2012 – A unique new technology and system for handling hazardous “produced water,” a troublesome by-product of the oil and gas industry will be presented by Los Alamos-based IX Power at Technology Ventures Corporation’s (TVC) Deal Stream Summit April 3-5, 2012.    

IX Power’s OrganiClear™ technology incorporates a new process created at Los Alamos National Laboratory to clean produced water of dangerous carcinogenic organic hydrocarbon compounds that have the potential to cause illness and birth defects. Continue reading

John Grizz Deal to speak at UCL Energy Institute

 Tech Transfer Secrets Revealed!

Our own John (Grizz) Deal, CEO, IX Power, will be addressing the prestigious UCL Energy Institute in London on March 20, 2012.  Grizz will deliver a custom talk entitled “TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER & COMMERCIALISATION AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST ENERGY LAB: LESSONS LEARNED.” 

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico is the largest energy and physics laboratory on the planet. In addition to non-proliferation and other national security issues, LANL has a responsibility to assist in the transfer and commercialization of energy and science innovations to the commercial sector.

LANL’s efforts in tech commercialisation, now nearly 30 years on, have produced mixed results. This is due partly to the vagaries of government funding, but is also due in a large part to a misunderstanding on the part of industry in the difference between an invention and a product, and between bench scale prototypes and manufacturable goods. Add to this conflicting and often irreconcilable differences in its dual mission, and successful technology transfer and commercialisation is difficult at best.

The principals of IX Power of Los Alamos, New Mexico and London, England have spent the last 23 years commercializing innovations from LANL. This experience has resulted in a series of “lessons learned” and techniques IX Power is not only using in their own firm, but also imparting to other organisations, both government and industry.

Using actual examples—both successful and failed—this talk will focus on the key elements necessary to successfully transfer and commercialise innovations from public sector research and development facilities to the private sector.

Visit UCL Energy Institute’s web site:   http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/energy/events/john-grizz-deal

Deborah Blackwell