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Supercritical Treatment Technology for Water Purification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018523
Agency Tracking Number: 0000234201
Amount: $149,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 20a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001770
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-08
Small Business Information
10 Podunk Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566-1046
United States
DUNS: 781614818
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Srivats Srinivasachar
 (508) 347-2933
Business Contact
 Srivats Srinivasachar
Phone: (508) 347-2933
Research Institution
 University of North Dakota
 Kirtipal Barse
2844 Campus Road, Stop 8513
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8153
United States

 (281) 617-6679
 Nonprofit College or University

Wastewater from oil and gas production has high total dissolved solids (TDS) and organics and needs to be treated for safe disposal or reuse. Coal-fired power plant discharges and mining effluents share similar high TDS and organic contents. This project targets the development of an energy efficient, and robust supercritical desalination technology to treat hypersaline solutions, destroying organics and separating saltwater into a pure water stream and valuable recovered solids, with zero liquid discharge (ZLD). In Phase I of the project, Envergex, with its partner University of North Dakota, will use laboratory-based testing to demonstrate proof-of-concept of the supercritical water purification process. We will test the novel reactor design for effective salt separation. We will study the effect of the proprietary additives on alleviating fouling issues in the supercritical water reactor and reducing energy requirements. Phase II work will involve testing at the pilot-scale level of the proposed concept using produced water from an operating oil/gas fracking well. Scale-up and collaborations for commercial demonstration will be explored.

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