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    EcoTech Marine Releasing New Products…No More Algae on your Glass?

    EcoTech Marine’s Vortech line of pumps may just be the first of many exciting releases from the PA based company. Although they are forced to non-disclosure agreements, new products are on their way this year. According to reports, one of these releases will a modified Vortech pump that will be marketed to the Spa industry […]

    EcoTech Marine’s Vortech line of pumps may just be the first of many exciting releases from the PA based company. Although they are forced to non-disclosure agreements, new products are on their way this year. According to reports, one of these releases will a modified Vortech pump that will be marketed to the Spa industry early in ’09 to help increase revenues.

    More important to us aquarists, in May of this year EcoTech will be releasing an unidentified new aquarium product that will utilize their patented magnet technology. Now how could this patented technology be applied to other pieces of marine equipment?

    Originally the Vortech magnet idea was developed by founders Tim Marks and Patrick Clasen for a Kalkwasser reactor. Given the advance nature of the pump today, this seems a bit overkill. Other potential applications may include return pumps and protein skimmers. Given the open output of the Vortech, the technology could be applied well to Klaes style skimmer.  A Vortech pump fitted with a titanium mesh impeller at the bottom of a cone skimmer would provide some serious advantages. I have no idea if this is what EcoTech has in store, but I’d venture a guess that they have thought of it.

    Because we know EcoTech is a business savy company, we also know the two new ’09 products are not all they have planned for the future. It turns out that this year  EcoTech will also be applying for a $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center. The amount of the grant is not relevant, the center that they are applying through is.

    Back in 2007 we got information regarding a spin off of EcoTech–EcoTech NanoSystems. Don’t let the name fool you, this subsidiary was not created to develop all-in-one nano reef aquariums. It was made to explore the potential application of nanotechnology to aquariums.

    According to reports from their Alma mater, Lehigh University, EcoTech NanoSystems has teamed with an outside researcher to seek applications for an environmentally friendly surface coating that will inhibit the growth of algae and other life forms.

    After hearing directly from the patent owner that he was willing to give them a license for the patent, EcoTech began doing preliminary profitability analysis and valuations on the project.  The end goal of this project is to develop a coating that can be used in aquariums, tiling, pools, and other surfaces to inhibit the growth of algae. That was still in 2007.

    Since that time we had not heard much about EcoTech NanoSystems, but after doing research and finding out about the Pennsylvania NanoMaterial Commercialization Center Grant it appears NanoSystems is progressing and the valuations were promising.

    Besides being the Director of Finance at EcoTech Marine, Patrick Clasen has also publicly stated via LinkedIn that his position is also President of EcoTech NanoSystems. NanoSystems is definitely up to something, but we’ll have to wait to find out what exactly and how much this nano coating will cost.

    Co-Founder Tim Marks has said the upcoming product in May will utilize the Vortech patented technology meaning the nano coating is not likely to make it in 2009, but the neat freak inside me hopes it’s sooner rather then later. If the said nano coating would inhibit the growth of algae on the glass of aquariums, I can only imagine the impact it would have on the aquarium world. Microalgae is arguably the greatest enemy and detractor of aquaria.

    Given the recent aquarium LED patent fiasco, EcoTech’s success is a prime example of how patents can be good for the industry if done correctly. According to EcoTech, revenues tripled from 2007 to 2008 making them one of the fastest growing and best run businesses in the industry.

    6 Comments

    1. mcliffy2
      February 17, 2009 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

      Great info here. This type of story is what puts GBD a notch above. Countdown until the other blogs see this and post it: 3….2….1…

    2. Nicholas Sadaka
      February 17, 2009 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

      This is great news, I love the Vortech’s, so I’m immensely excited to see more products from them. I’d also love for them to continue to specifically develop the Vortech’s as I tend to agree with those that say waterflow is one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of coral and aquarium health. They really are an exciting company. Thanks Eric!

    3. February 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

      Will you be testing their new product(s)?

    4. February 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

      …. no more algae on glass… i can deal with a bit of scraping film algae,,, what about coralline?! now that would be magic 🙂

    5. March 3, 2010 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

      Every people are looking for the spa parts, this one is great and cool.

    6. March 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

      Every people are looking for the spa parts, this one is great and cool.

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