Pilot Scale & Field Trial
Quite a lot of the R&D at the early-stages of discovery and performance-screening can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and repetitive.  In addition, most of the experiments don't work very well at first or don't work at all.  Consequently, this stage sometimes isn't all that engaging.  After a period like that, it is fun to take a promising candidate molecule or treatment into the field for an actual pre-commercial trial, particularly when everything works out well.  We have had a number of experiences like this, a couple of these are shown briefly below. 

Our field work normally involves test plots or pilot facilities off site where actual conditions, for example of agriculture or industrial water treatment, can be part of the assessment.  These projects do not involve commercial risk; they are performed on sites that are designed for the purposes of meaningful evaluation only.

Better still are early commercial evaluations where the product is placed in an actual business setting with viable outcomes involved.  In some cases, a grower or a plant manager will invite us to try out our products and treatments in this manner.  Aquero Company is involved in a number of such projects at present.

The following are some illustrative examples of locations where we have demonstrated field work:

Agricultural Water Treatment

(Kimberly, Idaho, US) Northwest Irrigation and Soils Regional Research Lab (NWISRRL), in cooperation with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA
(Brawley, California, US) Commercial sugar beet farm
(Holtville, California, US) Commercial alfalfa farm

Oil Sands Water Treatment

(Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Plants
(Foster Creek, Alberta, Canada) Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Plants

Progressing Cavity Pump (Moyno) at Aquero Company
Imperial Valley Field Trial

Irrigation furrows in the Imperial Valley near Brawley, CA

Tote filled with untreated SAGD water at Aquero Company
Field work at a SAGD facility in Alberta