IX Power Clean Water Acquires Los Alamos National Laboratory’s “Ultimate Solution” to Hydrocarbon Pollution in Oil And Gas Produced Water

DENVER, COLORADO, 19 August 2013 — A $40 billion per annum problem that has plagued the oil and gas industry for the last 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 organic hydrocarbons in “produced water” without creating an additional waste stream.

IX Power Clean Water's "OrganiClear" cleans organic hydrocarbons - BTEX - from produced water from oil & gas, mining operations, and industrial processes like no other technology can.

IX Power Clean Water’s “OrganiClear” cleans organic hydrocarbons – BTEX – from produced water from oil & gas, mining operations, and industrial processes like no other technology can.

Produced water is a term to describe 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 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.

“OrganiClear will change how the world manages produced water from the oil & gas industry, mining industry, and in manufacturing,” explained IX PCW CEO John R. Grizz 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. Less scrupulous operators, usually in evolving economies without strict environmental regulations, release their produced water where it pollutes aquifers, rivers, and the ocean. 

“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), with 20 billion barrels generated in the U.S. alone. This equates to nearly 200 million barrels of produced water each and every day; enough water to flow over Niagara Falls for three months.”

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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IX Power’s 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 Briefingin 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, 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 Announces Members of Company Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 25 July 2012 – IX Power LLC, the technology transfer company specializing in commercializing safe power and clean water technologies from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, has announced the composition of its company Advisory Board. CEO John R. Grizz Deal said that the following industry experts had been appointed: Mr. Alun Cole, Esq., Dr. Carol Bell, Dr. Robert Bednarz, Mr. Michael Crawford, and Mr. David Suratgar. The members will assist the management team in a variety of ways, including assessment of technology options, development of new technologies, and utilization of breakthrough innovations.

“We are privileged to have a board with a unique breadth of experience and talent,” said Deal. “Each member is a leader in their respective industry and all have a dynamic understanding of the international opportunities for the development of the clean water and safe power products we are taking to market. The contributions of the team will play an important role in IX Power’s mission of becoming a leading provider of safe power and clean water solutions for use in community, industry, government, and military applications.”

Robert Bednarz, PhD, an esteemed professor at Texas A&M University, is a recognized global expert in economic geography; and Carol Bell, PhD, is the former Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Oil & Gas Group. Alun Cole, a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, is a highly-regarded attorney with extensive experience in international capital development. Michael Crawford, a partner at Denver-based Q Advisors, is continuing a notable career in investment banking that has allowed him to work in a diverse set of industries; and David Suratgar, Chairman of BMCE Bank International and has served as senior legal counsel at the World Bank and as special legal advisor to the Bank of England and the European Investment Bank. All have been widely published and have served on the boards of distinguished organizations around the globe. 

More detailed information about them can be obtained at http://ixpower.com/about/advisory-board/.

IX Power is working to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies that originated from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. An example of one of the technologies is 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 founders of IX Power, comprised of John R. (Grizz) Deal, Randall Wilson, L. Robert Libutti, Otis “Pete” Peterson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell, are renowned for their commercialization of the Hyperion Power SMR (small, modular nuclear power reactor) from LANL that is safe and small enough to be transported on the back of a truck. Today, under their new company IX Power, their interests have been expanded to include every type of clean energy technology — wind, solar, bio fuels, geothermal, and nuclear. The company and its non-profit foundation are based in Los Alamos, New Mexico and have offices in Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and London, England.

 

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IX Power Names Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson Chief Nuclear Reactor Designer

LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO, June 18, 2012 — IX Power CEO John R (Grizz) Deal announced today that Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson has been named Chief Nuclear Reactor Designer at the firm. According to Deal, Dr. Peterson’s first assignment in his new role will be to lead a global team evaluating medium-size nuclear reactor designs for commercialization by IX Power.

Dr. Peterson was a co-founder and the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Hyperion Power Generation (now Gen4 Energy), which was founded in May 2007 by Deal, Peterson, Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. Peterson’s revolutionary work in small reactor designs laid the foundation for Hyperion Power’s product offering which provided many in the United States, including members of Congress, with their first introduction to what would come to be known as SMRs: Small Modular Reactors.

In September 2011, Peterson, along with the other Hyperion Power co-founders plus Randall Wilson, former CFO and COO of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) formed IX Power to commercialize safe power and clean water technologies from U.S., U.K., and Russian national Laboratories.

“We are obviously pleased Dr. Peterson can focus 100% of his efforts on IX Power now,” said IX Power companies CEO John R. (Grizz) Deal. “His contributions and efforts to the nuclear power industry are one of the principal reasons there is now a modern, commercial Small and Modular Reactor (SMR) category of nuclear power plants.”

Since the inception of IX Power last summer, Dr. Peterson has been focused on evaluating and validating dozens of innovations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). IX Power has a long-term Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with LANL for power and water technologies and is launching three LANL innovations during 2012 as fully developed products.

IX Power and the IX Power Foundation were formed to jump-start solutions to the global need for safe power and clean water. Bringing an experienced world-class team and technologies from U.S., U.K., and Russian national laboratories, the company is incorporating both fresh and proven innovations to create advanced solutions that can be rapidly developed and deployed. The IX Power team has been commercializing new technologies for over 20 years; turning ideas into products, securing “lead-launch” customers, and providing a platform to grow product lines into complete enterprises.

The company is based in Los Alamos, New Mexico, U.S.A. Its international headquarters is located in London and run by Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan.

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Training on NPHR Human Resources Planning Software for Nuclear Power Industry, London 10-12 September 2012

LONDON, England, 7 May 2012—One of the greater challenges for countries pursuing the path to energy independence through the establishment of their own sovereign nuclear power plant programme is human resources -

A conference and training on the new NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) software planning tool will be presented by the IX Power Foundation 10-12 September 2012.

A conference and training on the new NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) software planning tool will be presented by the IX Power Foundation 10-12 September 2012.

 the availability and training of a knowledgeable workforce to construct and safely operate nuclear power plants. To assist in meeting this challenge, the non-profit IX Power Foundation http://www.IXPower.com is offering a conference on human resource planning and an introductory training session on NPHR, the unique human resource planning and modeling software tool for the nuclear power industry created at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) http://www.iaea.org. The three-day event, supported by the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) http://www.niauk.org and Technology Ventures Corporation http://techventures.org  will be held September 10-12, 2012 in London at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies http://ials.sas.ac.uk. Information about attending the training can be obtained by visiting the website: http://www.IXPower.com/NPHRtrain.

The NPHR tool was licensed to the IX Power Foundation by LANL to distribute it globally and provide training on how to utilize it effectively. Continue reading