Anti-Fouling Reverse Osmosis Desalination System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,970.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85401
Agency Tracking Number:
90914
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, Llc
89 Rumford Aveue, Newton, MA, 02466
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
157030656
Principal Investigator:
Han Liu
Dr.
(781) 529-0531
hliu@ginerinc.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Vaccaro
Dr.
(781) 529-0504
avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
It is estimated that 14 billion barrels of produced water was generated by onshore exploration and production (E&P) in 2002 alone. The produced water comprises approximately 98% of the total waste generated by oil and gas E&P. Additionally, many coal-bed methane processes, as well as other non-conventional oil and gas exploration processes, occur in the western U.S. where water is a precious resource for drinking and irrigation. These factors provide a strong incentive to convert the produced water to potable or irrigational form. This project will employ a highly efficient and fouling-resistant reverse-osmosis water treatment system that will elevate the produced water to potable water or irrigation standards. The resulting waste will be in the form of a concentrated brine slurry for easy disposal. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A successful project would create a new technology for desalination applications. The system also could be used for seawater desalination, where conventional membrane processes account for over 50% of installed capacity world wide.

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