Monday April 1, 2013 1 comments
By Steve Porter
LONGMONT - A Longmont startup company is hoping to take its patent-pending technology into the oil and gas fields where hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is creating a growing demand for water treatment and reuse.
Avivid Water Technology, a subsidiary of Avivid Technologies Group, has developed a water purification process called Turbo-Coag that piggybacks on a long-proven purification process called electrocoagulation (EC).
"Electrocoagulation goes back over 100 years and has been used in metallurgy for some time," said Bill Stopperan, Avivid's executive vice president.
"If you put an anode and a cathode into water and run current through it, it throws off charged particles called ions that attract particles in the water and they sink to the bottom."
Stopperan said Avivid's technology improves on electrocoagulation in that the anode - which oxidizes and needs to be frequently cleaned under EC - no longer oxidizes or has to be cleaned. That saves on down time and labor, he said.
Avivid's Turbo-Coag system can treat up to 425,000 gallons of water a day and remove up to 99 percent of contaminants. The system also creates up to 90 percent less sludge to be hauled away to landfills.
Turbo-Coag is a combination of a pumping system integrated with an innovative EC system that creates a self-cleaning cell that coagulates suspended and particulate material, according to Avivid's website.
Stopperan said the system can reduce trucking costs by up to 98 percent in fracking operations.
Turbo-Coag can also help reduce the amount of water used in fracking, in which large quantities of water and chemicals are injected into underground rock layers to free oil and gas deposits.
"It can reuse the same water," he said. "What we're proposing we can do is clean up and reuse that same water."
Stopperan said the system can even clean up the settling ponds where chemical-laden fracking water is hauled to wait for reuse.
Cleaning fracking water isn't the only use for the system, which can also treat acid mine water, uranium mine water, arsenic well water and municipal side stream waste water.
Stopperan and his co-founders, Lockett Wood and Bill Lowstuter, started the company several years ago and are now approaching Turbo-Coag's commercialization.
The company is a non-resident client of Rocky Mountain Innosphere, and Stopperan said Avivid is making use of RMI's SAGE mentorship program and hopes to gain access to RMI's startup capital program.
"We're truly a startup company, so we're looking for investors to help us put the technology in the field," he said.
Stopperan said he and his partners are hoping their timing is right for marketing their technology to companies engaged in the fracking boom going on across Northern Colorado and much of the nation.
"The market is quite large, and we hope to get a share of that," he said.
For more information, visit avividtechnologies.com.