Auterra CEO Eric Burnett announced that the company has received notice that several patents have been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Auterra has developed a cleaner, greener process to remove heavy contaminants such as sulfur, nitrogen and metals from crude oil, while also using less energy than traditional refineries.  Auterra has been developing the clean energy technology for the past three years, and will have over 15 US patents filed to cover the chemistry and process by mid 2013.  The company will begin construction of its pilot refinery this summer and will be hiring additional staff.

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