The agreement is the first in the company's "Powered by OriginOilT" strategy of deploying OriginOil's unique technology across global markets to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who will integrate it seamlessly into their systems and under their own brand.
Pearl H2O intends to integrate OriginOil's CLEAN-FRAC as the first step in its own continuous-process oil and gas frack water recovery and cleanup system. Pearl plans to deploy a showcase system before year-end, which is expected to result in first licensing revenues to OriginOil in early 2013.
Pearl H2O LLC is a newly funded Fountain Valley, California-based company founded by Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering (PACE)'s shareholders to develop new technology primarily in the water and energy fields and bring commercial viable solutions to the marketplace.
Cory Severson, President of Pearl H2O, stated, "When PACE validated OriginOil's technology on very contaminated frack flowback water from Texas, we knew they had a winner. We tested many processes for the removal of organics and none were even close to the performance we saw with OriginOil technology. OriginOil's technology is an important part of Pearl's solution, and we look forward to supporting OriginOil's rollout under our new partnership."
Under the terms of the OEM agreement, OriginOil has granted a non-exclusive license to Pearl H2O to bundle OriginOil's high-speed and chemical-free CLEAN-FRAC technology with Pearl H2O's frac water cleanup system, with royalties as a share of overall revenue paid to OriginOil.
"The first OEM agreement is always the toughest, and we salute this provider of next-generation water cleaning technology for taking the lead on the rest of the industry," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. "We are delighted to welcome them aboard and will dedicate ourselves to ensuring our mutual commercial success."
Pearl recently engineered an integrated system that can clean up frac water to safe water standards using the OriginOil CLEAN-FRAC process as the first stage. It has allocated funding for a demonstration scale system, with production units to follow.
OriginOil's CLEAN-FRAC process is based on the company's Solids Out of Solution technology that efficiently removes oils, suspended solids, insoluble organics and bacteria from produced or 'frac flowback' water, on a continuous flow basis and without the use of chemicals.
Water is produced and used in large quantities in oil and gas operations. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average of 3 barrels of contaminated water is generated for each 1 barrel of oil produced. In the United States, the average is 7 barrels of water. Greentech Media reports that energy companies pay between $3 - $12 to dispose of each barrel of produced water, implying a potential world market value between $300 billion and $1 trillion per year.