New Patent Application for Methane Control Using Essential Plant Oils

CHICAGOFeb. 3, 2016PRLog — Working in collaboration with scientists at Innovative Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET – Pipersville, PA) we recently developed methods that utilize various saponins and/or essential plant oils to disrupt enzyme and coenzyme systems and limit the growth and productivity of methanogens during in situ remediation actions. We have pending patent applications capturing these new methods. When combined in various combinations, strategies, preparations and formulations with technologies recently recognized by the US Patent and Trademark Office via US Patent No. 9,221,669 B2, our next-generation antimethanogenic reagents promise to improve longevity and enhance overall efficacy of methane control to yield more effective, safer and more cost-efficient remedial actions.

Provectus Environmental Products, Inc. (Freeport, IL USA) has world-wide, exclusive rights to these exciting inventions. We market these technologies globally (patent filings in the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and the EU) as an integral component of our product offerings that uniquely enable active control of excessive methane production:

• Provect-CH4® Methanogen Inhibitor and ERD/ISCR Supplement: Water-soluble amendment that can be used as a supplement to effectively control methane production when combined with various ERD amendments (e.g., [emulsified] oils/lecithin, lactates, molasses, sugars, etc.) or conventional ISCR reagents that do not (and cannot) have antimethanogenic compounds.
• Provect-IR® Solid, Antimethanogenic ISCR Reagent: As a prime originator and developer of the original ISCR reagents over 10 years ago, staff now at Provectus know that Provect-IR is a genuine improvement on the conventional ISCR process and its older product formulations. Provect-IR is a much more efficient, cost-effective and safer ISCR technology.
• Provect-IRM® Solid Antimethanogenic ISCR Reagent / Metal Stabilization Reagent: The Provect-IR technology core makes this a more effective means of metal immobilization/ISCR that minimizes production of methylmetal(loids) for safer, more effective, long-term immobilization.
• ERD-CH4® Liquid Antimethanogenic ISCR Reagent: A liquid, antimethanogenic ERD amendment that can be applied via screened systems.
• AquaGate-CH4Composite, Antimethanogenic Reactive Capping Technology:Developed in collaboration with AquaBlok, LTD (Swanton, OH USA) subaqueous caps can be constructed more effectively by minimizing gas ebullition and heavy metal (mercury) methylation.
• EZVI-CH4 Antimethanogenic DNAPL Treatment: Unique reagent can be used for safe and effective treatment of chlorinated solvent DNAPL sources.

“Regulations and guidelines recently published by the US EPA (Read Here) and various State agencies have concluded the debate as to whether or not methane production as a function of ERD or conventional ISCR treatment has relevance to our industry”, stated Dr. Jim Mueller, President at Provectus. “Practitioners who have implemented our technologies know first-hand that they performed as described (i.e.,timely and effective remedial actions) and they avoided potential problems such as induced vapor migration, heavy metal (arsenic) mobilization and/or other issues thereby improving safety. In addition, the technology saved money by inhibiting the wasteful consumption of supplied hydrogen (i.e., fermentable substrates) in the production of methane. Having observed directly the negative consequences of unrestrained methanogenesis during my own career, I am confident that the true significance of this technology advancement will become increasingly apparent to responsible members of our professional community”, stated Mueller.

Stay tuned for continued technology updates, case studies and client testimonials. Onward and upward!