OriginClear Inc., a provider of water treatment solutions based in Los Angeles, has entered into a Master Research Agreement (the agreement) with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. The agreement establishes a cooperative framework for further scientific research and validation projects pertaining to OriginClear's technology, electro water separation with advanced oxidation, when applied to landfill leachate treatment.
"OriginClear's electrochemical oxidation process shows great promise in reducing effluent concentrations of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and ammonia in leachate with very short reaction times," says Dr. Dan Meeroff, associate chair and professor at FAU's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering. "New advances in anode technology make this process even more exciting and less expensive, as it has the potential to achieve excellent removal of a range of organic and inorganic constituents."
"Known as 'black water,' landfill leachate is a major challenge worldwide," says Jean-Louis Kindler, president of OriginClear's Technology Division. "We are making commercial progress in China and Malaysia, and with this partnership, we look forward to bringing our high-speed leachate process to North America."
When rain or ground water flows through municipal and industrial waste landfill, leachate drains from the landfill as "black water." This leachate is a highly contaminated and complex industrial effluent. Untreated leachate can contaminate nearby soil, groundwater and surface water and lead to a health risk for local communities. China as well as other countries are implementing increasingly drastic discharge regulations for this effluent. Additionally, there is a growing awareness in the United States of the potential risks linked to leachate contamination.
As part of this newly established relationship with FAU, OriginClear has started the first laboratory tests on leachate originating from the Eastern United States, and will correlate these with results obtained so far from tests in East Asia.