Clean Chemistry, a chemical technology company based in Boulder, CO, was awarded patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for formulae, synthesis methods, and use of unique oxidant chemistries. The patents cover the only known production processes for large scale quantities of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in easy-to-use, liquid formulations.
Marketed under the name PeroxyMAX, one of the chemistries covered under the patents is a safe, effective solution for the treatment of fresh and produced water for hydraulic fracturing. It enables separations in recovered fluids, floating oil and dropping solids, and controls bacteria in a more efficient manner than more dangerous and corrosive options such as chlorine dioxide.
Additionally, the process’ tunability allows oil and gas companies to handle a wide range of source waters and consistently meet treatment specifications. Many of the capable treatment options for clean water are inefficient when it comes to the highly contaminated waste water streams considered for re-use with hydraulic fracturing.
The company has commercialized this ROS technology in upstream oil and gas and is also starting to engage other markets with various challenging water re-use, oxidation, and disinfection problems.