- OriginClear key partner in water-treatment system that transforms manure into zero-waste output of fertilizer, clean irrigation water
- Meeting government regulations for ammonia levels major hurdle for pork producers in Spain
- “Game changer” system already driving deal flow for OriginClear
OriginClear Inc. (OTC: OCLN), a leading provider of water-treatment solutions, and Depuporc S.L., the company’s Spain-based licensee (http://nnw.fm/ktM6g), have partnered to build a comprehensive water-treatment system that continuously transforms pig manure into a zero-waste output of fertilizer and clean irrigation water (http://nnw.fm/1dM01). The system could be transformative in the country, which is the world’s fourth-highest pork producer, positioning OCLN for significant market penetration.
OriginClear CEO Riggs Eckelberry recently returned from a trip to Spain. There, he participated in a demonstration of the system, which allows companies to dramatically increase production while still complying with strict European Union environmental limits.
“Until recently, swine farm operators in Spain have irrigated their fields with manure effluent,” Depuporc co-owner Eduardo Chopo stated in a news release. “Most operators in the region are planning large increases in hog farming, but their lands are already saturated with ammonia. Strict EU limits make ammonia reduction absolutely essential before increases in swine production can occur.
“The logical solution for these operators is to treat the manure for fertilizer and water reuse,” he continued. “This is where our patented system, which incorporates OriginClear’s technology as a third and final step, has been shown to reduce pollutants and also generate valuable fertilizer and irrigation-grade water, solving a major barrier to expansion for European hog farmers.”
The Depuporc demonstration system processes 30 metric tons per day, with the demonstration system reducing COD (chemical oxygen demand) from 83,000 to 300 mg/liter and ammonia from 11,000 to 230 mg/liter.
“As manure decomposes, it creates ammonia, which makes the soil more acidic, harming plant and animal life, and indirectly, human health,” explained Eckelberry (http://nnw.fm/YgR41). “So Europe — and the rest of the developed world — closely regulates ammonia emissions. Most of Europe has been doing a good job of reducing ammonia, but Spain’s emissions have gone up, not down.
“Now, the country’s pork producers are up against a Spanish law that limits nitrogen production to 210 kilos per hectare per year,” he continued. “And what does the Depuporc system achieve with our technology? How about 16 kilos? That’s a game changer, and it’s already driving deal flow for us in the United States.”
In addition to participating in the system presentation, Eckelberry and Bill Charneski, president of the OriginClear Group, toured the facility and other farms in the region (http://nnw.fm/Xe83T).
“With its system protected by Spanish patent No. 2011311192, Depuporc has hit a home run,” Eckelberry said. “They have integrated our technology to effectively reduce solids and ammonia in a working field manure treatment system.”
OriginClear is a leading provider of water treatment solutions. The company offers breakthrough water-treatment and conveyance products that effectively improve the quality of water by returning it to its original and clear condition. OCLN’s stated mission is to empower this global movement with products that enable water independence and help make clean water available for all. The company provides modular water-purification systems, storage systems, pump stations, wastewater systems and control systems.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.OriginClear.com
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