Technology Applications

The Ecotech System has applications in the minerals extractive industries, as well as agricultural, recycling, ecological and energy markets. Ecotech systems are currently installed in several operations in the U.S. and Canada.

Ecotech systems are minimizing dust and eliminating environmental hazards. The system has been used to convey crumb rubber for making asphalt, as well as moving granular potash with minimal degradation and pipe wear. Ecotech has supplied systems to move salt tailings for waste containment and moving potash dust to load-out. In some applications, materials are moved over 500 feet with up to 70 feet of vertical elevation.

Systems have been used to move and sort crumb rubber, plastics, sand, gravel, and post-consumer waste. EcoVeyors have also been used to move and dry coal, copper fines, grains, sugar beets and other commodities.

Through an exclusive licensing arrangement with VortexTools LLC, the EcoVeyor is sweeping fluids in natural gas flow-lines with a resultant increase in gas yields to the operators. The EcoVeyor is also increasing yields in pipelines by reducing compression or increasing capacity, thereby reducing energy costs.

The proprietary flow evacuates stagnant liquids and reduces the build-up of fluids that have dropped out at low-points in the conveying line. By suspending those liquids in the gas flow, they are efficiently transported to the separator. The patented flow also reduces paraffin build-up in flow-lines and pipelines.

Ecotech in Oil and Gas Wells

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Ecotech’s patented technology resents a dramatic breakthrough in fluids handling for the gas and oil industry. The Vortex unit is designed with a tangential inlet to fit a 90-degree bend in a pipeline, flow line or gathering line to convert turbulent flow into laminar flow with a slow moving boundary layer, closest to the pipe wall.

In the case of a typical gas pipeline with a two-phase flow (gas and liquid), the device creates two distinct flows within the overall laminar flow.

Organized Flow Pattern

First, an annular or "spiral" flow is established and travels along the outer wall of the pipe. This Vortex flow looks much like a stretched "Slinky". This spiral flow carries most or all of the liquid phase of the pipe flow.

In the center of the spiral, a strong laminar flow is created where the gas phase of the Vortex flow is conveyed. The fluids remain entrained in the laminar flow, reducing drop out and this flow can be maintained over long distances and dramatic elevation and directional changes. This boundary layer provides a cushioning effect that reduces pressure drop over the length of the line, as compared to turbulent flow.

Random Flow Pattern