MARTINEZ -- Local inventor Michael Green retired from business in 2005 to follow his passion for mechanics and engineering, not knowing where it might lead. Green and fellow researcher Nicholas Eckelberry created a breakthrough technology that cleans ...and more »
MARTINEZ -- Local inventor Michael Green retired from business in 2005 to follow his passion for mechanics and engineering, not knowing where it might lead.Green and fellow researcher Nicholas Eckelberry created a breakthrough technology that cleans polluted water wherever it is, to higher standards and at a lower cost than was ever thought possible, according to Talbott Howard, CEO of Environmentally Conscious Technologies.While Green was researching the potentials of using hydrogen as an alternative fuel on the West Coast, Howard was doing the same thing in the East."Through a network we met and shared ideas ... and stayed in touch on various projects over the years," Green explains.Uses of this new filtration system can be applied to countless water problems such as highway runoff, floodwater, contamination cleanups or even for recycling industrial and landscape water.To help do that, Green has been appointed chief technology officer for ECT and head of the west coast research and development center in Pacheco, and Eckelberry has become the new president."The company is doing extraordinary work in the area of advancing the deployment of mobile clean water applications with their strategic focus on globalization of services," Green says. "After years of work, I am glad to be a part of an innovation launch that will upgrade the way technology helps provide disaster relief around the world."Advertisement
Howard recently announced the East Bay Regional Park District expects to put ECT to the test. Various algae blooms (some toxic) have been a problem at Quarry Lakes, Temescal and other park properties.Hal MacLean, park district water management supervisor, suggested mounting the ECT equipment on barges to get to remote shoreline areas. A solution akin to hydrogen peroxide has been used with limited success at Lake Temescal, which is currently closed.Howard says government officials are looking for solutions to the problem of removing hydrocarbons and other toxics from water, without the use of harmful chemicals. "The answer is here. Local and national service companies that need advanced, certified water remediation for agriculture and other industries can use this technology," he says.Oil field wastewater is the target for an ECT pilot program now underway in Kern County. The new technology is working to quickly bring contaminated water to higher standards, safe for agriculture and for protection of the aquifer.Clean water is the focus of Green's research now, but he has been fixing, inventing and engineering things all his life."My passion for mechanical things started at a young age when I used to help my father work on old cars that he bought to fix up and resell," Green recalls. His collaboration with Eckelberry has taken the research engineers to China, where rapid economic growth resulted in some water problems."We consulted on groundwater contamination caused by an immense pig farm in Shenzhen, contamination caused by a port explosion in Tianjin, and to Changzhou, where China's largest solar panel manufacturer needed to bring the business into compliance," Green recalls."Science and technology is a team sport. My colleagues and I often collaborate and become a catalyst for each other," he says. "We might build a prototype, then it is improved upon by the group, or we maybe discover something by accident."Reach Dana Guzzetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-202-9292.
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