ICM issued Canadian patent for its AOS system

By ICM Inc. | August 05, 2013

ICM Inc. is pleased to announce the issuance of Canadian Patent No. 2,799,409 for its Advanced Oil Separation system. The Canadian AOS patent expires 20 years from an international filing date, expiring on May 11, 2031. ICM’s AOS technology employs both mechanical and chemical separation and delivers significant economic value to an ethanol plant by dramatically increasing a volume of non-food grade oil recovered from the plant’s process streams. ICM’s AOS uses a centrifuge as a mechanical dewatering device to deliver a targeted emulsion concentrate stream for further processing by adding a polar solvent, ethanol, as an emulsion breaking-agent. The ethanol liberates oil trapped in the emulsion concentrate that would not be recovered through other conventional methods.

“We’re especially excited for today’s announcement because of Canada’s strength as a diversified economy that supports innovation and technology. We look forward to expanding our product through ICM’s patented AOS™ in Canada. We’ve shown that our AOS™ proprietary process technology delivers consistent oil recovery rates, financial payback in less than 12 months, and a product that has sustained a strong customer demand,” saod Kurt Dieker, ICM director of product development.

 “We’re thrilled to receive a Canadian patent for our AOS because it illustrates that global business opportunities are linked to economic growth – within and beyond our borders. To date, ICM has fulfilled more than 18 contracts of our U.S. patented AOS system to customer plants. With our newly-issued Canadian AOS™ patent, we are pleased to continue improving and adding value for customers through our oil separation platform,” said Brock Beach, ICM director of product management and sales.