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NORA Member MemPore Environmental Techonologies Commissions New System for Recycling Used Oil

Monday, June 5, 2017  
Posted by: Kat Turner
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Generators and Collectors of Used Oil

Can Now Profit From Their Base Oil


June 5, 2017:  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


NORA member MemPore Environmental Technologies Inc. announces the successful commissioning of its first commercial scale system for recycling used lubricating oil into clean base oil using nano-filtration membranes.  Located in Shenzhen City, China, (just north of Hong Kong) this unique system has been built under the direction of MemPore by its licensee, Cypress Environmental Technology, Co. Ltd.  This MemPore System, being modular, is capable of recycling from 1.5 to 6.0 million gallons (5.5 to 22.0 million liters) of used oil per year into clean base oil.


Membranes have been used for decades as an economical means to remove dissolved molecules from water but have never been successfully applied to used oil.  The MemPore technology, developed initially at the National Research Council of Canada, solves this problem and produces a base oil that meets all API specifications in terms of both chemical composition and physical characteristics.  What differentiates the MemPore System from other attempts in this field are the steps in “pre-treating” the used oil before exposing it to the actual membranes, all at low temperature. 


The entire MemPore System can be located within a standard height room of less than 700 square feet, is economical and easy to operate, and it can be acquired at a fraction of the cost of the standard re-refining technologies (vacuum distillation and hydro-treating) for an equivalent capacity. The MemPore System therefore provides a means for companies who either generate or collect used oil to convert this resource into valuable base oil, rather than merely selling it to others for burning or re-refining.  It provides a 70% yield of base oil, is environmentally friendly, and produces 71% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other forms of oil recycling.  Alastair Samson, MemPore CEO, notes: “Our discussions within the oil recycling industry have highlighted intense interest in this patented new technology.  We expect a number of generators and collectors to acquire MemPore Systems as a means of dramatically improving profitability and margins.”


Arrangements to learn more and also visit can be made by contacting MemPore at: or by visiting the company’s website:

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