Texas A&M University
Friday, August 19, 2011
Industrial Water Treatment Process Commercialized by CAMRIS,
Technologies Developed by Researcher at Texas AgriLife Research
AUSTIN – CAMRIS Technologies Corporation announced on Thursday it is commercializing a new, innovative technology for industrial water treatment.
CAMRIS (Containment And Metal Removal Industrial System) was formed earlier this year by The Texas A&M University System to develop and commercialize the new chemical reactive system capable of removing various contaminants, toxic metals in particular, from industrial wastewater. The new technology has been named the AIP™ water treatment technology where AIP™ represents “Activated Iron Process.”
The technology was invented by Dr. Yongheng Huang, an assistant professor with Texas A&M University and a scientist with Texas AgriLife Research, a member of the Texas A&M System, and has been exclusively licensed to CAMRIS.
The AIP™ technology will allow various industries to meet the most stringent federal and state environmental regulations for toxic metals like selenium, mercury, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, vanadium, lead and others, explained CAMRIS President Matthew L. Bray.
Initial lab and field tests have demonstrated the technology capable of removing these metals at greater than 99 percent removal efficiency to below one part per billion (ppb) in water. Huang, chief technology officer for CAMRIS, said, “The new AIP™ water treatment technology was invented after we made major breakthroughs in iron chemistry. Our discoveries enable a sustainable electron transfer from elemental iron to electron-conducting iron rusts, which then facilitate chemical reactions that transform and mineralize various contaminants in the impaired water. If needed, the process can reduce selenium to below 0.1 ppb.”
CAMRIS is currently working with companies in the power production, mining, refinery, and oil and gas production sectors. In addition to these markets, the technology has potential applications in many other industries with water contamination issues including municipal water supply, chemicals, food processing, semiconductor, and metals processing.
CAMRIS’ AIP™ technology will serve as a robust platform for removing contaminants and metals from various waste streams. Bray said, “Dr. Huang and I are excited about the field test results and believe our technology could be the premier cost effective system for removing toxic metals from industrial wastewater. The system’s reduced chemical costs, limited sludge production combined with exceptional removal results, could make it a leading edge technology in industrial water treatment.”
Bray’s career includes almost 20 years of management experience in the energy and chemical manufacturing industries. Huang has been working in water treatment technology for more than 17 years with experience as an environmental engineer and scientist.
In recognition of the large market opportunity for the technology, AgriLife Research has invested considerable resources into the development of the system over the past few years.
“Our intellectual property portfolio for the activated iron technology is a high priority,” said Dr. Bill McCutchen, executive associate director of AgriLife Research. “We are making good progress in a number of different areas with the CAMRIS technology platform to include discussions to demonstrate full-scale commercial viability of the system. In addition, we are considering several field demonstration projects for the mining sector over the next couple of months.”
“The breakthrough innovations developed by Dr. Huang deliver a platform technology that has applications across multiple industries with water treatment challenges,” added Brett Cornwell, associate vice chancellor for commercialization for the Texas A&M System. “We believe this robust treatment solution meets a critical need for industry and CAMRIS is positioned to move the invention to full-scale commercialization.”
Bray said CAMRIS plans to fully commercialize its AIP™ water treatment technology within two to three years. It is currently proceeding with pre-commercial projects to validate the technology on a full-scale engineering basis. CAMRIS will work with large water treatment companies and oilfield service providers to install and operate its system.
About CAMRIS Technologies Corporation
CAMRIS Technologies Corporation is commercializing a novel chemical treatment technology that significantly reduces many key industrial contaminants from industrial wastewater. This includes removing toxic metals such as selenium, mercury, arsenic, chromium and others. In addition its technology has proven effective in removal of nitrates, dissolved silica and some solvents. CAMRIS was formed in 2011 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. More information can be on CAMRIS at www.camristechnologies.com.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the Texas A&M University System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.