Verno Environmental, Inc.

Ventura, CA, United States
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  • Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • California | Algeria | Chile

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  • B corps, flexible purpose organization, or similar hybrid

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Executive Summary

Potable water scarcity affects the health and economies of 80 countries and more than 2 billion people who are without access to clean water or sanitation. The Verno project, using patented Rainmaker water purification innovation, is intended to dramatically improve as many of the lives affected by water scarcity problems as possible. To this end, in Northern California we propose to develop a demonstration plant to economically desalinate water and generate power utilizing water drawn from the Suisun Bay. This plant will eliminate both the environmental problems currently associated with drawing water from the Delta and the planned construction of the two Delta bypass tunnels - saving an estimated $16 billion. We also intend to develop and deploy high capacity Rainmaker units to needy communities in the highest water stressed countries. These units will economically provide potable water from a variety of different platforms for drinking, sanitation and agricultural purposes.

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The Problem

Water scarcity is a dramatic global problem that already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one fifth of the world's population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and another 500 million people are approaching this situation. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world's population, face economic water shortages (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to draw water from rivers and aquifers). The world is rapidly running out of potable water fit for human consumption, water suitable for the production of food and fiber, and water for industrial use. Particularly at risk are the world's largest aquifers which are being over drafted at alarming rates. Not only are present supplies inadequate to sustain the world's present population, new supplies must be found to meet the requirements of population growth. Compounding the problem is the growing pollution affecting existing sources.

Proposed Solution

Providing the California State Water Project and the Central Valley Project with water from Suisun Bay, the far eastern extension of San Francisco Bay, will accomplish four very positive results: It will eliminate the need to construct two bypass tunnels around the Delta, thereby eliminating $16 billion in construction costs based on preliminary estimates by the State It will provide a constant unlimited supply of potable water year in and year out for the two systems It will eliminate the current environmental problems caused by drawing water directly from the Delta It will provide Northern California with additional water supplies from the Sacramento River and its tributaries currently allocated for withdrawal from the Delta The development of a smaller unit with capacities between 1,000 and 3,000 gallons per minute that can either be used as a mobile or a fixed site platform provide almost unlimited applications throughout the world. The capacity to not only remove dissolved solids from polluted water, but the capacity to heat processed water to temperatures that kill bacteria is another significant feature of the technology

Evidence of Effectiveness

The original prototype was a large upright machine powered by two 500 HP diesel engines. The original intent of the project was to separate the water content from valuable minerals contained therein. In one short term test, water was input at approximately 5,300 gallons per minute with an output of approximately 4,200 gallons of vapor per minute. The prototype had inherent design flaws and did not achieve initial expectations - that is, removing all the water content from that input - and the project was abandoned. An observer at the original tests is a founder member of Verno Holdings, LLC. In a recent test observed by an independent laboratory, a prototype owned by Verno Water, Inc. produced water from an oil well containing over 72,000 parts per million (PPM) of dissolved solids (seawater contains around 30,000 PPM) which resulted in output water containing less than 100 PPM, far below EPA standards, which considers water with 1,000 PPM as acceptable for human consumption and 500 PPM as desirable. A key consideration in the economic effectiveness of the equipment is energy consumption. Based on the results of the original prototype and current computer simulations, we believe energy consumption will be below two megawatts an acre foot (1.62 kilowatts per cubic meter). With this power requirement, Verno Water will use roughly 40% of the energy needed by the current state of the art reverse osmosis water purification systems.

Previous Performance

As mentioned above, the Team includes individuals with significant experience in project management, financial planning and internal control. Experienced consulting engineers in various aspects of the technology have already been engaged and others with necessary qualifications will be employed.

The Team

Team Purpose

Having the technical capacity to economically desalinate sea and other polluted waters provides a myriad of opportunities. Concentrating on just two of these, the team will provide an economic and environmental solution to California's Delta water supply problems and a high volume desalinization technology for use in water critical areas of the world. In doing so, the team will demonstrate that wherever sea and other non potable waters are present, potable water can be extracted.

Team Structure

The team consists of the following: Highly qualified technical personnel in the areas of high speed rotary equipment, computer assisted design and simulation, electrical engineering and design, and site and plant development including the following: Foresthoffer & Associates, Inc., processing equipment design and operation Aaronson & Associates, electrical engineering Corrollo Engineers, water and environmental engineering and permitting Stonewall Consulting, computer design, evaluation and simulation Chris Velek, manufacturing plant manager, assembly of complex mechanical systems Alan Tratner, environmental reporting and permitting