Drilling companies develop innovative technologies for the fracking processes everyday. Two of the most recent industry initiatives include advances the fracking waste water treatments process and developing a new way to make oil sands cleaner and greener.
1. H2-Forward is a innovative solution to reduce the demand for fresh water in hydraulic fracturing. In order to accomplish this, the H2-Forward solution is a process to allow drillers to reuse fracking fluids.
Halliburton: “The service includes new technologies such as CleanWave service that is used to process fracturing flowback and produced water, resulting in a clean brine fully suitable for well site operations including drilling, fracturing and completion fluids. … The system, which can treat 20 bbl/minute, uses an electrical process that destabilizes and coagulates suspended colloidal matter in water. Easy scalability enables quickly treating large volumes of water in reserve and flowback pits and, depending on the operation, treating flowback and produced water in real-time during a fracturing operation. The CleanWave system removes up to 99% of total suspended solids, heavy metals, hydrocarbon and bacteria.”
2. Epiphany Solar Water Systems’ has developed a new way to make oil sands cleaner and greener. The Pennsylvania-bases company uses solar power to clear fracking water. This innovated purification system is promising to the fracking industry. In fact, Consol Energy recently announced investing $500,000 in Epiphany.
Epiphany: “Dirty water passes into the distillation unit and instantly vaporizes due to the intense heat focused on the distillation unit. During the vaporization process, any dissolved solids … separate, and living organisms (bacteria) are killed due the intense heat. The water vapor (now void or any impurities) continues to pass through the distillation unit. As the steam reaches colder stages it begins to condense back down into distilled water. From the output of the distillation unit then comes freshly distillated water, safe for consumption.”