spwm doe2The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy selected four projects to receive $4.6 million in federal funding for costshared research and development (R&D). The projects will accelerate the development and commercialization of treatment technologies that reduce wastewater that is being injected into disposal wells and increase water supplies for reuse.

The projects are:

Non-Fouling, Low-Cost Electrolytic Coagulation and Disinfection for Treating Flowback and Produced Water for Reuse—The University of Arizona aims to develop and test a new method for delivering a ferric ion coagulant and disinfectant for treating flowback and produced water. DOE Funding: $935,919; Non-DOE Funding: $234,269; Total Value: $1,170,188

Resource Recovery and Environmental Protection in Wyoming’s Greater Green River Basin Using Selective Nanostructured Membranes—The University of Wyoming intends to manufacture two different nanostructured membranes using an electrospinning/spraying technique and develop a two-stage process for cleaning water for reuse and recovering challenging compounds and oil from produced water.
DOE Funding: $1,198,863;
Non-DOE Funding: $300,000;
Total Value: $1,498,863

A New Membrane-Based Treatment Process for Reclaiming and Reutilization of Produced Water – TDA Research Inc. plans to develop a new membrane-based filtration system for removing organic compounds from produced water.
DOE Funding: $1,250,000;
Non-DOE Funding: $312,500;
Total Value: $1,562,500

Fouling-Resistant, Chlorine-Tolerant Zwitterionic Membranes for the Selective Removal of Oil, Organics and Heavy Metals from Produced Water in the Permian Basin—ZwitterCo Inc. looks to develop a novel membrane technology, based on zwitterionic copolymers, that can reject key constituents from produced water while maintaining immunity to detrimental and irreversible membrane fouling.
DOE Funding: $1,249,999;
Non-DOE Funding: $312,500;
Total Value: $1,562,499