The oil and gas industry can bring new resources to bear in its battle against critics and efforts to achieve a “social license to operate.” A small cleantech firm has developed patented technology that allows producers to recycle up to 100% of their well flowback and produced water during hydraulic fracturing operations.
“We use and have invented an advanced oxidation process to treat water on the front end of the [fracking process] and at the flow rate of the [fracking process], eliminating liquid biocides and chemicals for bacteria growth and scale inhibition, and allowing 100% recycling of the flowback and produced waters,” said EcoSphere Technologies Chairman and CEO Charles Vinick said during a recent radio appearance.
The company supplies oil and gas producers with up to 53-foot self-contained mobile water treatment plants that connect directly to the drilling operation. EcoSphere’s proprietary Ozonix technology saturates the inflow of contaminated water with ozone using hydrodynamic cavitation, acoustic cavitation, and electro-chemistry.
Hydrodynamic cavitation and acoustic cavitation alter the properties of ozone which causes contaminates to decompose into millions of tiny bubbles, that are then imploded, destroying the bacteria’s cellular walls and cleaning the water for re-use in future operations.