Monday, 3 August 2015

Press Release: BioLargo Expands Research Expertise to Scale-Up and Enhance AOS Technology Applications

Press Release:  SANTA ANA, CA – August 3, 2015 – BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced today that it has hired three talented researchers to scale-up and enhance its current AOS technology. Dr. Ahmed Moustafa, Dr. Michael Gaultois, and Mr. Alex Evans have joined BioLargo’s Canadian subsidiary BioLargo Water Inc. and bring a vast amount of expertise to its Canadian research capabilities. Impressive and reproducible water treatment results, combined with a surge in awarded Canadian research and development grant funding, have now poised the AOS technology for scale-up and further performance enhancement.
Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is spearheading the design of a scaled up AOS unit to validate performance at industrial scale. Dr. Moustafa is a former Fulbright Scholar and brings a superb skillset to the team, drawing on a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, a Master’s in Water Resources Engineering, as well as a Master’s in Environmental Engineering. His expertise will allow BioLargo to transition and demonstrate the AOS technology’s capabilities for large-scale water treatment applications.
Dr. Michael Gaultois will be collaborating this fall with BioLargo on AOS reactor and experimental design, as well as consulting on physical and materials chemistry. Dr. Gaultois is a former Fulbright Scholar and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, specific to new functional material design and characterization, as well as a MSc in Chemistry. He currently conducts research via a European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, UK. His expertise will be used to further refine and enhance the performance of the AOS technology’s filter materials.
Alex Evans is assisting with initiatives that expand the disinfection capabilities of the AOS technology. His expertise stems from a Master of Science with Specialization in Microbiology and Biotechnology, in which his focus was bacterial adaptation to stress. Mr. Evans’ research into the anti viral activities of  AOS will allow BioLargo to widen the scope of the AOS technology’s disinfection applications.

The collaborative research ongoing in our Canadian subsidiary BioLargo Water Inc. has been recognized by other researchers as having “unprecedented” disinfection. The AOS Filter combines iodine, water filter materials and electrolysis within a water filter device, generating extremely high oxidation potential in order to eliminate, soluble organic contaminants that are commonly found in many types of contaminated water.  It has been shown to achieve extremely high rates of disinfection, eliminating infectious biological pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli in water.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BioLargo Awarded Multiple Canadian Research Grants Excitement Builds for Its AOS Filter - Financial Support Expands

BioLargo Awarded Multiple Canadian Research Grants Excitement Builds for Its AOS Filter - Financial Support Expands

SANTA ANA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / JULY 28, 2015 / BioLargo, Inc. (BLGO) announced today that it had been awarded eight Canadian research grants from provincial and federal funding agencies thus far. In addition, the company has more than $1,000,000 in additional grants or financial aid in various stages of application, refinement and/or approvals. The projects underway total $168,500 supporting the continued development and commercial refinement of its AOS Filter at its dedicated research lab located within the University of Alberta research center at Agri-Food Discovery Place. Additional projects will be announced as they come to finalization and are expected in the near future.
Researchers call BioLargo's AOS Filter results "unprecedented." The AOS Filter combines iodine, water filter materials and electrolysis within a water filter device, generating extremely high oxidation potential in order to eliminate, soluble organic contaminants like acids, solvents, sulfurs, oil and gas by-products, and pharmaceutical by-products which are commonly found in all sorts of contaminated water. It also achieves extremely high rates of disinfection to eliminate infectious biological pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli.
"We are extremely thankful for the expanding financial support from various federal, provincial and industry stakeholders. Interest in our technology is expanding in both Canada and internationally as the word gets out about its high levels of performance and cost-savings capabilities. We believe our AOS Filter is the lowest cost, highest impact clean-water-technology to come to market in recent history. All of these developments also expand our access to highly qualified researchers to advance the technical data and refinement as we prepare for commercialization." said Dennis Calvert, BioLargo's president. He added, "All of our grants are applied for through our Canadian subsidiary BioLargo Water, Inc., led by Richard Smith Ph.D., and typically support specific research activities, a particular Ph.D. researcher, university researcher, or doctorial candidate. None of the funds support general or administrative expenses unrelated to our research and development activities.We look forward to expanding these efforts as we expand our capital resources and begin to identify strategic partners to help bring the AOS Filter to market."

Monday, 27 July 2015

Interview: BioLargo AOS Filter: The lowest cost & highest impact clean water technology

SNNLive caught up with Dennis Calvert, President & CEO of BioLargo, Inc. at the LD Micro Invitational 2015 in Bel Air, CA. In this interview, Mr. Calvert begins with a brief overview of the company, and continues with an update: “There’s a lot new. Over the last few months, we’ve expanded our research team. As you may recall, we have a research center on campus at the University of Alberta, and in that center we have a team of researchers. We have accumulated approximately eight (8) grants, another three (3) in the process of closing, another four (4) in the process of getting to paper.” He goes on to explain how the Company’s technology has gotten the attention of public funding agencies throughout Canada.

Link to Interview Click Here 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

BioLargo Adds Cleantech Investment Pioneer Walter L. Schindler as a Strategic Advisor

SANTA ANA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 26, 2015 / BioLargo, Inc. (BLGO) announced today that Walter L. Schindler had joined the company as a strategic advisor. He is working closely with management to assist the company in developing important strategic customer alliances and pursing global licensing opportunities for its AOS Filter as the lowest cost solution for eliminating all contaminants from water, including converting fracking produced wastewater into useable water for agriculture.
About Walter L. Schindler
Walter is the founder and a Managing Partner of SAIL Capital Partners LLC. Under his leadership SAIL was been selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of its Community of Global Growth Companies and nominated for Private Equity Manager of the Year by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. In addition, SAIL Capital was chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to co-lead with Deutsche Bank the U.S. Trade Mission on Clean Energy to Germany and to participate in the first Impact & Sustainable Trade Mission to Europe with investor meetings in Zurich, Amsterdam, and London. He serves on the Board of Directors of Fulbright Canada, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America ( Walter is also a member of the Board of Directors of CNS Response Inc., as well as a member of the North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Group, the Advisory Board of US Bank, and the Chief Executive Roundtable of the University of California at Irvine.
Prior to his work with Sail, Walter served as the partner in charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Orange County, California office, one of the largest in its worldwide network. His 19-year career at this leading international law firm included advising clients on some of the most successful IPO's and mergers in the US during that time, including Allergan, Callaway Golf, Fluor, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company (PIMCO), PacifiCare, SafeGuard Health, and Ultrasystems. He was the lead strategic advisor in over 60 successful mergers, acquisitions, and IPO's. His assignments included advising Pacific Mutual Life Insurance with regard to the creation and execution of the exit strategy for its investment in PIMCO and working on the IPO of Ultrasystems Inc., the first renewable power project developer to go public in the US. He has 30 years of broad and deep experience in energy and renewable power projects and related exit experience.
Walter is a native of New Orleans, earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. with honors from Yale University and his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. At Yale was awarded the Mary Cady Tew Prize. He is the author of a book of original poetry (The Napoleon House) and a book on the life and poetry of John Milton (Voice and Crisis: Invocation in Milton's Poetry).
Dennis Calvert, President and CEO of BioLargo commented, "We are thankful to have Walter on our team as we advance towards commercialization of our AOS Filter."
Walter added, "My work over the past ten years has focused on financing, developing and commercializing global, sustainable and disruptive technologies. I believe that BioLargo has a significant role to play in several large global industries like oil & gas, fracking, agriculture and food. For this reason I am a strategic advisor and shareholder."

Friday, 15 May 2015

Persistent Drought Challenges Fracking - Feature Article - Executive Commentary

By: Dennis P. Calvert
President and CEO of BioLargo, Inc.

Link to Article Here

Historically, freshwater has been the base fluid essential for fracking, sweeping, and oil sands recovery because it has been abundant, readily available, and it has cost very little.  Unfortunately, that is now changing as a longer than expected global drought is causing the industry to examine new options and technologies to find new sources of water.

In the pursuit of our belief at BioLargo, Inc., (BLGO) that ‘everybody deserves affordable clean water’, we have developed and are introducing the breakthrough AOS Filter™ currently in commercial pilot testing at the University of Alberta.  The invention is expected to impact the entire water industry because it has delivered unprecedented results in both decontamination and disinfection.

Prompted by attention-getting results, BioLargo was invited by the Canadian government and NSERC, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, Industrial Research Chair to help clean very large amounts of toxic produced water from oil sands recovery operations in Canada.  BioLargo cofounded the chair with Suncor, Syncrude, Shell, Canadian Natural Resources, Total, Epcor, Alberta Innovates, Alberta Environment and the University of Alberta.

Based on data from decades of observations, NASA scientists have been predicting the current global drought and warning that it may intensify throughout the balance of this century and could become the worst drought of the past 1,000 years.  Since 2002, NASA’s GRACE satellites have measured massive groundwater losses around the globe.  Using over 20,000 monitoring wells the USGS has confirmed groundwater losses all across the nation and in central California of 5 feet in just one month and 200 feet in the past few years.  The following 11-year chart from NASA demonstrates declining groundwater globally and includes the central valley of the United States.

Image by J.T. Reager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The following chart is from the U.S. Drought Monitor and demonstrates the severity of the current drought that is sure to impact heavy fracking operations in California.

If NASA predictions continue to ring true, new sources to replace freshwater for fracking and oil sands recovery will certainly be required and new technologies to enable using those new water sources cost-effectively become essential.

Vikram Rao spent more than 30 years with Halliburton serving as senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer and is a Senior Technical Advisor to BioLargo.  Dr. Rao points out, “massive amounts of water used in new wells and in sweeping or flooding secondary recovery operations do not need to be freshwater.  Reused water and underground brackish water are two obvious sources for replacement.  In fact, brackish water is even preferred over freshwater if its salinity is close to 5,000 parts per million, (PPM).”

According to Dr. Rao, “for drilling operations, a little salinity will prevent swelling of clay and since clay is a component of shale, preventing swelling is useful in the drilling and fracturing phases of operations.  For water flooding, a little salinity is useful in unlocking oil from the formation.  A technical explanation is that the salinity has to be monovalent, such as from Na (sodium).  In one mechanism, oil is bound to the rock by a divalent species.  The monovalent exchanges ions thus releasing the oil from the rock.”

Dr. Rao elaborates, “a single well can require as much as 6 million gallons of water and about one-third of that amount returns to the surface as flowback water that potentially can be treated and reused.  Before the flowback can be reused, it must be treated to reduce the high salinity that can range between 15,000 and 250,000 PPM and it must treated with cost effective disinfection to manage the high levels of bacteria.”

Brackish groundwater is abundant almost everywhere and within reasonable depths for harvesting.  With typical saline levels of close to 5,000 PPM it appears to be the best choice for replacing freshwater.  The following USGS map indicates how vast brackish groundwater is in the United States.  Note that the white areas do not indicate an absence of brackish groundwater but instead indicate that those areas have not yet been measured and mapped.


As plentiful and available as brackish groundwater is, it has obvious obstacles of sulphates and subsurface bacteria.  According to Tommy Taylor with Fasken’s Oil & Ranch drillers, the largest private driller in Texas, "The problem with this particular water is that it has sulfate in it.  If the sulfate combines with barium and strontium — elements that are found in underground water lying alongside underground oil and gas formations — the sulfate can ruin your well.” 

Ken Code, the Chief Science Officer of Biolargo, Inc. and Vikram Rao both agree that subsurface bacteria from backflow and brackish groundwater can pose dangers with ancient species of bacteria that have evolved and become anaerobic from living at depths without oxygen for so long that they could turn out to be a major nightmare once released to the surface where oxygen is plentiful. 

A very small number of drillers are already using brackish groundwater in place of freshwater for drilling operations and sweeping.  Mr. Taylor confirms that the owner of Faskin’s Oil & Ranch wants to preserve their freshwater aquifer and his operation is now using membrane technology to desalinate brackish groundwater from the deeper Santa Rosa Aquifer and chlorine dioxide to disinfect any potential bacteria.  They also have to treat the water for removal of sulphates.

Chlorine dioxide is a gas that is highly toxic and can be lethal.  In addition to the apparent dangers, the cost to install the infrastructure to inject this gas into water must be taken into consideration as well as the cost of maintenance, operation and the cost of the chlorine itself.

Chlorine dioxide may be today’s first choice to disinfect brackish groundwater, but the industry wants a solution that is better and they want it at a lower cost. Other disinfection technologies such as UV treatment, chemicals or advanced oxidation systems are available, but they are expensive and, in the end, the most cost-effective and safest technology will become the new gold standard.

Reverse osmosis is today’s most cost-effective technology to desalinate the brackish ground water and the flowback, but the biggest obstacles to using brackish water is still the high cost of energy requirements for RO treatment, and the cost of degradation of membranes associated with biofilm management.  Hiroko Kasama, lead consultant for Global Water Intelligence believes biofouling is one of the most significant challenges in RO desalination because biofilm from bacteria growth on the filter surfaces causes clogging that greatly increases energy requirements and it also shortens the filters lives requiring more frequent replacement of costly membrane filters. 

Brackish groundwater and flowback water are already being used by a handful of drillers and operators as replacements for freshwater and are living proof that it can be done.  The rising pressure on conserving and managing fresh water sources will push demand for cost-effective solutions that enable these replacement strategies to be deployed.  New technologies should be expected to work better than chlorine dioxide and current desalination biofilm disrupters, and they absolutely must cost less.

Brackish groundwater and backflow water may be the best and are arguably the only viable options to replace the vanishing freshwater.
BioLargo has developed the next generation water treatment technology to address the need for lower cost desalination; cost effective high-level water disinfection; and, removal of sulphates and a host of contaminants like aeromatics such as napthenic acids and BTEX commonly associated with fracking and petroleum derivatives.
BioLargo’s AOS Filter is being showcased at a symposium this August at the University of Alberta.