Christy Steadman

John “Grizz” Deal, the CEO of IX Power Clean Water based in Golden, is no stranger to China. He’s been travelling there for more than a decade to conduct business.

But on June 6 and 7, his travels served a different purpose — the US Department of Commerce selected him to represent American industry at the 2018 International Cleantech Summit at the Beijing International Convention Center.

The summit is organized by the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment with a purpose to “promote exchange and cooperation among national and international environmental protection companies, to provide technical support in improving environmental quality in China and to launch environmental campaigns against water, air, and soil pollution as requested by the central government.”

Deal gave two speeches at the summit. He spoke on the treatment of contaminated water in the oil and gas industry and on remediation of soil in oil and gas fields.

“It gave us an opportunity to be introduced to hundreds of influential people in the Chinese cleantech industries,” Deal said. In China, “there’s a greatest sense of urgency for new technology to help clean up the environment.”

John “Grizz” Deal, center, the CEO of IX Power Clean Water, stands with Rachel Li, to Deal’s left, the general manager of IX Power Clean Water China, and SinoSteel executives in Beijing, China, at the 2018 International CleanTech Summit, which took place June 6 and 7 at the Beijing International Convention Center.

5 questions with John “Grizz” Deal, the CEO of IX Power Clean Water

What is IX Power Clean Water?

  1. IX Power Clean Water is a manufacturing, marketing, sales and support company focused on innovative water treatment systems. The company sells water treatment systems that clean up the most contaminated waters including water from industry, mining and textiles, and oil and gas recovery and refining.

The IX Water OG is a machine that can remove harmful contaminants from produced water from oil and gas operations. The treatment system offers the least expensive solution for cleaning produced water, both onshore and offshore, either at the site of origination or at a centralized facility.

Why is it important to clean up the oil and gas industry’s produced water?

  1.   The oil and gas industry uses a lot of water for its everyday operations. Water produced along with the mining of oil and gas introduces hundreds of billions of gallons of contaminated water into the environment each year.

Not to be confused with fracking water or frack flowback water, produced water is naturally occurring water that comes up with the oil and gas from a drilled formation, after the well has been fracked. Produced water is the largest class of waste product generated by the oil and gas industry, and it is dangerously contaminated.

We have a finite amount of fresh water available to us. Only two percent of the global water is available for use by humans. Given that, we think it’s important to treat the oil and gas industry’s contaminated water rather than throw it away.

What is cleantech?

  1.    Cleantech is much more than solar panels and electric cars — it’s advances in technology that enable people to live on the planet in a more environmentally sustainable manner. Cleantech is an industry term and it means having more efficient processes for manufacturing, a better use of resources, less environmental damage and lower cost.

Why do business in China?

  1.    First, China needs cleantech innovations. Concerning cleantech, China is moving at light speed, while the US is still in horse-and-buggy mode.

Second, China has a national directive to clean up the entire country — air, water, land — within the next five years. Because IX Power Clean Water is a global expert in treating the oil and gas industry’s contaminated water, it’s natural that we’d be doing business in China.

What is it like doing business as a small company in China?

  1.  The Chinese people I interact with are in no way adversarial. Educated Chinese people look at America as something to strive for, in a big brother/little brother manner. The more acerbic people I meet see America’s current federal administration and its misguided trade policies as a signal that the US is declining in its prominence in global markets. China plans on filling that role.

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