Pilot to optimize for AOS Filter technology scalability and commercial application
SANTA ANA, CA-(Jan. 21, 2014) – BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) together with the University of Alberta has advanced its patented “advanced oxidation system” (AOS) filter to its pilot phase. The pilot follows the successful conclusion of the proof of concept and is targeted to begin in April 2014 to further develop, scale, test and commercialize the technology for use in the Athabasca Oil Sands. A key strategic initiative for the University in its efforts to develop and advance economically viable solutions for the environmental sustainability of the Canadian resources, the pilot will propel the technology from the lab into the field.
Proof of Concept Demonstration
University of Alberta and BioLargo demonstrated in its proof of concept testing that the AOS Filter can
- Rapidly dismantle difficult soluble containments;
- Operate as a continual free flowing system;
- Function with very low power consumption; and
- Compete at a fraction of the cost of other technologies.
Dennis Calvert, BioLargo’s president, stated: “BioLargo’s AOS Filter has been shown to reduce total acid-extractable organics in water at a rate never before demonstrated commercially. Based on proof of claim there is a belief BioLargo may have the lowest cost sustainable solution for the oil sands process-affected water. Having tested our technology, the esteemed University of Alberta is entering the AOS Filter industrial pilot-scale-testing phase, which we expect to confirm its commercial viability to treat oil sands tailings ponds and then eliminate the need for them on a go forward basis. Oil sands are commonly considered one of the most difficult water contamination situations. As such, this pilot project is expected to provide the groundwork for additional water treatment applications, including refining, fracking, remediation, agriculture and industrial waste among others.”
Government Funding Established for Athabasca Oil Sands Solution
Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands is the second largest oil reserve in the world. The contaminated water in holding ponds has already reached one billion cubic meters and produces an additional 177 million cubic meters annually, with production expected to double by 2020. To address the situation’s special challenges, including large scale, the Alberta government has established a CDN$3.5B superfund for a solution, which includes the contaminated water issue.
Dr. Mohamed Gamal El-Din PhD, P.Eng, 45, of University of Alberta will lead the pilot study. He is internationally recognized for his fundamental and applied research in the area of water and wastewater treatment, Dr. Gamal El-Din’s work has resulted in important advancements in the area of advanced oxidation treatment and reactor design for fast-reaction environments, particularly, the application of ozone treatment as an advanced oxidation process.
Agreement in Principle
The basic terms of the business arrangements relating to the pilot project have been agreed in principle. All intellectual properties resulting from the project will be accrued and owned by BioLargo, Inc. The University of Alberta will receive a 5% royalty payment on all revenues generated with the remainder retained by BioLargo, Inc. Through its subsidiary, BioLargo Water Inc., the company has pledged to fund $1.6 million over four years in support of the project. In return, the University of Alberta has begun applying for government grants expected to exceed CDN $3.5 million, which will be announced as they are awarded. We expect a formal research contract will be executed between BioLargo and the University in the coming months as the funding commitments are finalized.
LHA – Becky Herrick and and Kirsten Chapman