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Catalyx Inc. to Build Brine Dehydration System for RG Global Lifestyles.

ENERGY RESOURCE-24 February 2009-Catalyx Inc. to Build Brine Dehydration System for RG Global Lifestyles(C)2009 JeraOne -

Catalyx Inc., has signed a build-own-operate (BOO) contract with RG Global Lifestyles Inc. for a brine dehydration system to facilitate recovery of sodium sulfate from ion exchange regenerant brine.

The system will be built around Catalyx's patent-pending Two-Way Osmosis (TWO) system that utilizes a unique membrane to employ forward osmosis (a pressure free water transport mechanism used by plant roots) combined with traditional reverse osmosis to dewater 5%-7% sodium sulfate brine without the need for additional chemical or other pre-treatment.

The TWO dewatering system is expected to reduce the volume of concentrated liquid waste by 50%. The further concentration will reduce regenerate brine disposal costs for RG Global significantly, as well as allow RG Global to start recovering the valuable sodium sulfate for sale to industries.

"After months of pilot testing, we are convinced this system will significantly increase our profitability," said Grant King, CEO of RG Global. "The most significant cost of operation in a landlocked state like Wyoming is the disposal of concentrated waste. While our regenerant waste is already the lowest in industry, further concentration allows us to cut costs more and turn the sodium sulfate into a revenue generating product."While Catalyx's eventual goal is to adapt its forward osmosis membrane for desalination of seawater, the company is currently only focused on its ability to dewater very difficult-to-treat aqueous wastes. Additionally, Catalyx is marketing the TWO Systems for recycling waste from carpet mills, textile mills, tanneries, mining tailings, oilfield drilling fluids, and concentrating livestock wash water to enhance biogas production.

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