OriginClear announced to start strategic partnership with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), that helps accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies.
OriginClear has also relocated its headquarters to the incubator’s La Kretz Innovation Campus (La Kretz) in downtown Los Angeles and intends to support the cleantech community by mentoring entrepreneurs in the newly-formed cluster of water technology startups.
City of Los Angeles chief sustainability officer Matt Petersen said: "OriginClear has been a cleantech pioneer in our city for nearly a decade, and we welcome it to La Kretz.
"It’s companies like OriginClear that are helping to resolve our pressing water problems, and we’re grateful for their work to share lessons learned with the rest of the world."
OriginClear is a longtime supporter of initiatives such as CleanTech Los Angeles, the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy, and the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.
OriginClear CEO Riggs Eckelberry said: "We have built big, all the way to commercial scale, at our mid-city headquarters.
"Now we’ve turned high tech and the more than $5 million in testing and prototyping equipment at La Kretz is exactly what we need to support our scientific programs, and to export our technology."
Eckelberry added: "We are excited that LADWP is funding a major portion of La Kretz, with an R&D lab and demonstration labs.
"It is the most innovative municipal utility in the nation, making this the most exciting place to be for water in the United States, and perhaps the world."
LACI is a world-class technology incubator, recently ranked #3 on the list of World Top University Associated Business Incubators for 2015, from a field of more than 1,200 incubators worldwide.
OriginClear Group president Bill Charneski said: "As we acquire more fast-growing companies in water services, our new base at La Kretz will be an important resource.
"Our subsidiaries will be able to tap resources here far beyond what is available to them locally."
In addition to its Los Angeles technology center, OriginClear maintains an active alliance with California State University at Bakersfield (CSUB), where it is helping to develop methods to safely reuse produced water for irrigation, and also helping oil industry workers train for careers in water reclamation.
OriginClear is rapidly increasing its capabilities by acquiring companies that provide systems and services to treat water in a wide range of industries, such as municipal, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, industrial, and oil & gas.
It completed the acquisition of the first such company, Dallas-based Progressive Water Technology (PWT), on 1 October, 2015.