Article courtesy of Kern Golden Empire | June 25, 2015 | Kern Golden Empire | Shared as educational material
BAKERSFIELD, CA- There is a new water treatment processes that could be beneficial for both the oil and agriculture industries in Kern County.
The California company that invented the process says the timing couldn’t be better, given our historic water crisis.
Now, engineering students at Cal State University Bakersfield will be tasked with validating that technology in the lab.
Engineering students at CSUB are about to immerse themselves in the world of blue technology…a fast-growing, half-trillion dollar global industry aimed at reclaiming contaminated water.
Los Angeles-based Originclear incorporated is teaming up with students and faculty at CSUB’s newly formed energy research center.
Their primary goal is to see if this technology can turn production wastewater from the oilfield into irrigation water for agriculture.
Originclear has 60 patents pending on its water treatment technology recently tested during a local oilfield pilot project.
It’s electro water separation technology is touted as a high-speed, primarily chemical-free process that extracts highly diluted contaminants and bacteria from very large quantities of water.
It uses electrical currents to force contaminants to coagulate.
Originclear says the test results from produced water in this oilpatch pilot project were impressive.
Originclear says oil companies stand to save significant costs in disposal of produced water and will be less reliant on fresh groundwater for hydraulic fracturing operations in the future.