Energy Recovery Inc has taken out a lease for the company’s new commercial development centre in the Houston region of Texas, USA.

The facility will serve as the central office for Energy Recovery’s Oil & Gas segment including its management team, its engineering system, design and performance teams, as well as field personnel.

Work at the facility will initially focus on the technical and commercial advancement of the company’s VorTeq™ and MTeq™ technologies.

The four-acre site in Katy, Texas, will include 20 000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehouse space, 5000 sq ft of office space and a two-acre yard for field testing and product development. Once fully operational, the facility will allow the company to test technology at scales representative of real-world conditions. The facility will eventually house equipment to machine, inspect and test the company’s specialized tungsten carbide components.

“We continue to make progress toward VorTeq commercialization, and our investment in this facility further underscores our confidence in the technology,” said Energy Recovery’s president and CEO Chris Gannon. “These new capabilities will resolve a long-term challenge for our company along the path to commercialization, namely our previous reliance upon third-party facilities and resources for full scale product testing and development.”

Eric Siebert, Energy Recovery’s vice president, Oil & Gas, added: “The expanded capabilities of our new facility will allow us to build valuable system runtime, reduce cycle time between development iterations and improve repeatability as we progress towards commercialization. The goal has always been the most efficient path to commercialization with VorTeq and MTeq, and this investment is firmly in line with that objective.”