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12/08/09

Energy Recovery, Inc. Opens New Corporate Headquarters With Integrated Ceramics Manufacturing Plant


New San Leandro, Calif. Facility Expands the Company’s Core Technology and Production Capacity While Increasing Manufacturing and Operations Efficiency

SAN LEANDRO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2009-- Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII), a leader in the design and development of energy recovery devices for desalination, today announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations to a nearby facility that will include new, state-of-the-art ceramics research and production capabilities. Incorporating on-site ceramics manufacturing enables Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERI) to maintain its competitive advantage by enhancing its ability to develop next-generation products. The expansion also allows for an increase in production capacity as global demand for the company’s PX Pressure ExchangerTM technology continues to grow.

“ERI has set the industry standard when it comes to energy recovery devices, reducing our customers’ desalination energy costs by up to 60 percent. As desalination continues to be adopted to address the mounting global water crisis, the demand for ERI’s technology has also increased,” said G.G. Pique, president and chief executive officer at ERI. “Our new headquarters provides ERI with a distinctive competitive edge, as it enables us to integrate our supply chain and expand our product offerings through extensive, unmatched research and development capabilities. We look forward to years of continued success in the new location as we further strengthen our position as the industry’s leading provider of energy recovery devices.”

ERI’s newly expanded headquarters combines the company’s business operations and manufacturing into a single, 165,000 square-foot facility in San Leandro, Calif. By integrating a full-scale, state-of-the-art ceramics production process, ERI strengthens its oversight on its intellectual property, improves its supply costs and enhances the efficiency of its manufacturing and operations activities. To grow its ceramics expertise, ERI has hired Timothy Dyer, a seasoned ceramist and inventor who holds more than 30 U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications about related technical subjects.

“This expansion and consolidation provides ERI with the ability to improve the efficiency of our operations and control costs,” said Terry Sandlin, vice president of manufacturing at ERI. “Hiring Tim Dyer is a tremendous win for our engineering and manufacturing development team as he brings a wealth of expertise in ceramics.”

ERI’s PX technology is used in hundreds of desalination plants around the world. More than 7,000 PX devices are currently deployed or under contract to be installed at desalination plants across the globe. All combined, these devices deliver more than six billion liters of clean water each day—an average of one liter for every person on the planet. By using ERI PX devices to recycle wasted pressure energy, desalination plants are able to reduce the energy consumption of SWRO systems by up to 60 percent, making desalination a cost-effective solution for clean water supply. PX devices also reduce the carbon footprint of desalination, saving more than 750 MW of energy and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 4.6 million tons per year worldwide.

About ERI

Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII) designs and develops energy recovery devices that help make desalination affordable by significantly reducing energy consumption. ERI’s PX Pressure Exchanger™ (PX™) device is a rotary positive displacement pump that recovers energy from the high pressure reject stream of seawater reverse osmosis systems at up to 98% efficiency. The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in key desalination centers worldwide, including Madrid, Shanghai, Florida and the United Arab Emirates. For more information on ERI and PX technology, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

Source: Energy Recovery, Inc.

Energy Recovery, Inc.
Audrey Bold, +1-510-746-2529
abold@energyrecovery.com
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Schwartz Communications, Inc.
Dan Borgasano, +1-781-684-6660
ERI@schwartz-pr.com