17 September 2018
Brine reduction technologies welcome
A research consortia is North Dakota is aching to pilot technologies that can treat high-TDS water. The group, which is a public private partnership between...
A research consortia is North Dakota is aching to pilot technologies that can treat high-TDS water. The group, which is a public private partnership between Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Nuverra Environmental Solutions, and the University of North Dakota, is looking for technologies which can:
- Treat high TDS water for beneficial industrial or domestic uses
- Separate dissolved solids to create saleable products
- Meaningfully reduce brine disposal volumes
The consortia has created a test bed facility near Watford City in North Dakota at a Nuverra salt water disposal facility. Water can be blended at the site to tune the TDS to the technology’s feed limits, from 4,500 to 300,000 mg/L TDS. The main water source has a TDS of 180,000 mg/L. The site has a heated building that can accommodate a 53-foot long trailer. Additionally the group can offer some manpower and maybe even funding.
EERC staff will be on-site during the piloting to help with setup and to monitor performance. They will also generate a report that will be submitted to the DOE. Pilot operators will be provided by the technology company.