Sustainable Lithium Production Without Evaporation Ponds
Be the trusted global standard for sustainable, economically efficient lithium resource development.
Eliminate The Use of Evaporation Ponds.
The unique brine pre-treatment solution was originally engineered in 2016-18 as a modular oil & gas waste water treatment and recycling solution to turn contaminated produced- and flowback water into purified, particle-free and sanitized frac water for beneficial reuse. The robust system is mobile, highly automated and built for continuous operations under harsh conditions in remote locations.
After more than 6 years and $10 million invested, these systems are fully commercialized and operate in the field at scale. Each modular system can process a throughput feed of 10,000 barrels/day or 1,600 m³/day.
AcQUA™, is a patent-pending electro-pressure membrane process which optimizes the pre-treatment of raw brines and then rapidly concentrates a lithium chloride with the use of multiple Direct Lithium Extraction, or ‘DLE’, techniques. We were recently awarded a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Energy and a $250,000 grant from the state of Colorado to accelerate pilot demonstration testing. We have a fully commissioned lab facility and are working with multiple strategic mineral resource owners in Chile, Argentina, and the United States.
SCOTT TAYLOR B.SC
Scott has over 20 years’ direct experience spanning finance, energy, mining, defense, and civil engineering industries. Scott has scoped, built, and sold over US$250 million in technical solutions. Scott graduated from Franklin College (Lugano) Switzerland with BSc in Finance 2002. Scott started his career raising money for both public and private markets as well as mining project in commodities trading. He co-founded Reservoir Imaging Solutions (RIS) in 2019, a technology-driven subsurface imaging company that was recognized by Darcy Partners as one of the top 10 subsurface oilfield technologies. Mr. Taylor has prior technical and financial experience in exploration, development, and pilot scale production on private mines in Canada, Mexico and the Russian Federation. His experience also includes five years working for an engineering company in the mining and energy space which included resource development and drill programs on mines, and his skill-set enables him to work hands-on in the field and advising to use modern subsurface imaging techniques. He is a published author, invited speaker and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
FREDRIK KLAVENESS MBA
Fredrik is the founder and CEO of NLB Water, an oil & gas waste water solutions company that has developed a modular solution to turn contaminated produced- and flowback water into purified, particle-free and sanitized frac water for reuse, alternatively surface discharge water for beneficial reuse. Prior to founding NLB Water, he worked as a private, early-stage investor in Europe for nearly 20 years. As a private investor, Fredrik focused on oil & gas related technology companies, offshore oil services, renewable energy and cleantech. He has been an early-stage investor in a number of companies in the Nordic Region, including Song Networks, TS Marine, Chipcon, Ennox Technology, MPU Offshore Lift, Vision IO and OptiLift. He was on the Advisory Board of SunToWater, a Dallas-based company that is in the process of commercializing an appliance producing drinking water from the air. Prior to being an early-stage investor, Fredrik was an Investment Banker with ABN Amro/Alfred Berg in London, UK. He holds a BSBA from University of Denver (1991) and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York (1997).
CHRISTOPHER A. GREEN Ph.D.
Chris holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Salford/UMIST and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Chris has 28 years professional experience in the energy industry. Chris has worked internationally managing interdisciplinary teams spanning chemical- and reservoir engineering project management competency. As CTO of e-Frac® where he has been involved in the UK ESIOS program and a member of the ESAG advisory group. e-Frac® services maximize economic output from subsurface reservoirs and specialize in chemical development, data collection and project management of service companies & the deployment of new technologies. Chris has worked internationally managing interdisciplinary teams spanning chemical- and reservoir engineering project management competency covering: Reservoir Engineering & Reservoir Characterization; Production Operations; Drilling & Completions; and Mature Fields Optimization . Chris is responsible for delivering Aqueous Resources’ DLE technology to market. He is a published author, invited speaker and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Chemical Process Engineer
Originally from Williston, ND, Ms. Benson developed an interest in the oil and gas industry stemmed from growing up in the 2008-2012 oil boom. Ms. Benson pursued a B.S. in chemical and biological engineering from Colorado School of Mines (2019). Ms. Benson previously worked with NLB Water LLC.
JENNIE CHOBOTER, CPA-CA
Ms. Choboter, CPA-CA, has over 30 years of extensive experience in financial management and general corporate governance. She has held a number of senior financial management positions in a wide variety of industries and has served as an officer of numerous other public companies. Ms. Choboter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.
ERNST SCHMIDT B.S.
Inventor & Advisor
Ernst Schmidt has over 35 years of technical and management experience in the water, wastewater and liquids treatment. He holds several patents on water treatment membrane technology, as well as sophisticated pre-treatment systems that can remove heavy metals, organics and frac gels from production well water prior to removal of TDS. He has designed, built, installed and commissioned ethylene glycol recycling plants in Europe and the US. Mr Schmidt also has corollary experience in government (Federal & State) regulations, system design and layout (CD), process evaluation and selection, specification preparation, permitting, technical writing, fabrication, construction and commissioning; including work for the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. He has unrivalled expertise in applying selective membrane technology, especially electro-dialysis for pilot- and full-scale production plants within the O&G industry.
Board of Directors
MARTÍN CORREDERA SILVÁN
Chair Audit Committee
Martín has over 25 years of international managerial experience in private capital, and financial analysis. Martín holds an Executive MBA from Georgetown University (U.S.), an LL. B. from Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain), and a MSc. in Business Administration from Universidad Complutense (Spain). He also holds a current U.S. CPA license.
Independent Director, Chair Governance & Nomination Committee
Kevin has over twenty years of experience in business development and executive management helping public and privately held businesses increase revenues, margins, and market share. Mr. McKenna holds a MSc in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado in Denver and a BS in Geology from Trinity University.
Chair Compensation Committee
Michael has extensive experience in stakeholder relations, intergovernmental affairs as well working on the remediation of contaminated mine sites, where an in-depth understanding of mine processes as well as the application of sustainable technologies is paramount. Westlake holds a B.Sc. in chemistry and environmental studies from the University of Victoria and a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh in environmental change and sustainability.
SCOTT TAYLOR B.SC
JENNIE CHOBOTER, CPA-CA
FREDRIK KLAVENESS, MBA
Robert BARNWELL IV
Mr. Barnwell serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Centric Infrastructure. Centric builds strategic natural gas and fiber-optic telecom assets to high-growth markets across the United States – bridging consumer demand for an affordable, reliable, timely, and best-in-class internet and natural gas company. During his 15-year tenure, he has been an integral contributor to the strategic growth of the company. Robert has worn multiple hats at Centric, ranging from field construction to billing, accounting, business development, and executive management. Prior to joining Centric Infrastructure, Mr. Barnwell worked as an Associate for a Dallas-based private equity firm focused on middle-market oil & gas investments. He began his career in Wells Fargo’s financial analyst program. Mr. Barnwell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Accountancy in Taxation from the University of Houston. He is a member of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of YPO, where he currently presides as the Learning Officer. He is also active in the north Houston Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, where he serves on the Board of Directors.
Dana Jurick is an experienced business and industrial operations manager with 40 years of experience in the energy sector. Dana holds a B.S. in Geology from Syracuse University and an M.Sc. in Geophysics from University of Texas at El Paso. Dana was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and served 8 years as a Strategic Intelligence Officer (USAR MIRC) during 2005-2012. In 2009, he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. Army. With roles ranging from field operations geophysicist to Fortune 500 energy company technical group manager to Executive Vice President of an international fiber optics equipment and services enterprise, Dana brings a wealth of practical, real-world experience to the enterprise. Dana resides in Houston, Texas, where he currently works as Executive Vice President for Neubrex Energy Services (US), LLC.
Mr. Fuqua brings over 20 years of experience across technology, entrepreneurship, and investment funds to LiTHOS. He is based in Miami, Florida, where he advises companies and fund managers on their capital formation, marketing, and investor relations strategies has extensive experience in capital markets and investor relations. Joseph holds a BA Computer Science from Brown University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is based in Miami, Florida, where he advises companies and fund managers on their capital formation, marketing, and investor relations strategies has extensive experience in capital markets and investor relations. Joseph spent 9 years in Hong Kong in private equity and funds space, covering investor relations and fundraising for strategies including real estate (debt and equity), venture capital, hedge funds, and fund of funds, where he covered investors in Asia, the Middle East, UK, EU, Switzerland, and the USA & Canada. In these roles, he covered a range of limited partners including high net worth individuals, single and multi-family offices, endowments, foundations, as well as corporate and government pensions. He has raised over US$1.2 billion for private investments throughout his tenure across a range of structures and strategies. Before Hong Kong, he lived in Shanghai, where he co-founded a company that helped international students apply to boarding school and college in the USA. He originally started his career in tech, working in software design for 6 years with companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.