Product News: Chemicals & Chemical Processing

Hydrocarbons Filter does not depend on water pressure.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 26, 2012 - Developed for hydrocarbon binding and filtration capability, Agent-Q consists of non-woven composite fabric structure embedded with C.I.Agent solidifier and does not create any water flow restriction. In ASTM testing, average grab strength was nominal 60 lb and burst strength was nominal 70 psi. One layer handles water flow through-rate of 400+ gpm/m² at 2 in. water head, and multiple layers can be used simultaneously.

C.I.Agent Solutions® - Louisville, KY

Original Press Release

New Agent-Q Traps Hydrocarbons Without Water Pressure

Press release date: Nov 09, 2012

With its newest product, C.I.Agent Solutions of Louisville, Kentucky, is poised to revolutionize the hydrocarbon removal industry.  Patent-pending Agent-Q is a non-woven composite fabric structure embedded with C.I.Agent solidifier.  It was specially developed for its high hydrocarbon binding and filtration capability.  Agent-Q creates no water flow restriction and is not dependent on water pressure.  C.I.Agent Solutions expects its new product to dramatically increase practical applications for C.I.Agent on both water and land.  Initial uses include drip pans, scuppers and spill remediation products, as well as filtration media.

C.I.Agent Solutions offers businesses and industries a way to filter or clean up hydrocarbons, whether crude oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, solvents or peanut and vegetable oils.  The company's key product, C.I.Agent, is a proprietary, environmentally friendly blend of seven polymers.  It encapsulates and solidifies hydrocarbons on contact without absorbing water, turning them into a non-toxic, non-leaching rubber-like mass.

The company's search for a versatile, lightweight fabric to effectively trap hydrocarbons in a wide variety of applications led to the development of Agent-Q.  One of the biggest advantages of this unprecedented agent is its very low resistance to water flow.  One layer handles a high water flow through-rate, over 400 gallons per minute per square meter, at a very low 2" water head.  Because water flows freely through the material, no water pressure is required to filter hydrocarbons.

In ASTM testing, Agent-Q has an average grab strength of a nominal 60 lbs. and a burst strength of a nominal 70 psi.  Agent-Q can be used in single or multiple layers to provide the desired balance between water flow rate and hydrocarbon filtration efficiency.

C.I.Agent Solutions plans to incorporate versatile Agent-Q into current products, such as stormwater drainage systems and emergency spill remediation booms or blankets, to increase their efficiency and cost savings.  Barrier booms, sheen booms, secondary containment products for utility industries, and water filtration products that require hydrocarbon removal will benefit as well.  Agent-Q actually enhances the effectiveness of C.I.Agent, allowing the solidifier to be easily spread over a large area.  It also enables users to save money, because less C.I.Agent is needed to accomplish a cleanup.

The development of this exciting new material expands the potential of C.I.Agent and its unique ability to filter oils and hydrocarbons in jobs both large and small.  Agent-Q stands ready to prevent contamination from leaking pipes at power plants or filter water in storm drains without flow restriction.  When spread like a blanket over oil slicks in the ocean, it can provide a quick remedy for environmental disasters.

Contact C.I.Agent Solutions, 11760 Commonwealth Dr, Louisville, KY 40299.  Toll free: 866-242-4368; Fax 502-267-0181.

Note: C.I.Agent Solutions will exhibit at the following 2012 events: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) annual meeting in Long Beach, California, November 11-15; Clean Gulf in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 13-15; WorkBoat in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 5-7; and PowerGen in Orlando, Florida, December 11-13.