Frequenty asked questions about Agua Dulce Technologies
What is Agua Dulce Technologies?
Agua Dulce Technologies is a company with a new technology that is expected to lower or eliminate flaring and prevent injection of wastewater in the sub-surfaces by recycling fresh water and crystallizing most of the mineral salts on site that uses a Pervaporation Process, carried out in Modified Ceramic Membranes and powered by Natural Gas from Oil Wells.
How does Agua Dulce Technologies work?
In our patented technology, multiple porous ceramic tubes with very high surface areas are used to separate fresh water from mineral salts under conditions of moderately low temperature and pressure. Energy required for this process is provided by natural gas from the large oil shale resources while low pressure in the Membrane Modules is maintained by low cost innovative devices. In addition, Agua Dulce Technologies will install a robust pre-treatment technology to recover any residual crude oil from wastewater and remove all solid debris from feedstock prior to water purification process.
Which industries could use the technology?
- Oil and Gas Industries
- Mining Industries
- Wastewater Refining Industries
Is the technology proven?
The company is building a wastewater purification plant in Colorado to demonstrate the Membrane Pervaporation Technology at a scale of 1,000 barrels per week of feedstock from the Oil and Gas Fields in the United States. The technology was developed by US Metals Refining Group (USMRG), Inc. and licensed to Agua Dulce Technologies, LLC. Early pilot test work results generated by USMRG were reviewed by QP Engineers from Samuel Engineering, Inc. of Denver, Colorado.
Agua Dulce Technologies has secured a 16,500 square feet facility in Denver to host the wastewater purification plant and will receive feedstock from various Wastewater Disposal Facilities (WDFs). The company is currently collaborating with Pervatech, BV, in The Netherlands to fabricate ceramic membrane tubes suitable for pervaporation techniques established by USMRG Inc. At the same time, USMRG has filed a Patent for the Membrane Pervaporation Technology which utilizes innovative vacuum generating devices and unique ceramic tube configurations. Dr Henry Kasaini was mentioned as the inventor in this patent.
We have tested the performance of this technology on brines from the mining industry including effluents from uranium mines . The results obtained so far are impressive. For each barrel of wastewater treated , 85-90%wt fresh water was recovered. Each barrel of wastewater processed contained up to 10%wt residual crude oil which was successfully recovered. With regards to mineral salts, we were able to upgrade metals to the final mineral-rich discharge solution by factors of 10-40.
Is the technology patented?
Agua Dulce Technologies exclusively licensed the technology developed by US Metals Refining Group (USMRG). USMRG has filed a Patent for the Membrane Pervaporation Technology which utilizes innovative vacuum generating devices and unique ceramic tube configurations.
When will the technology be released for use?
Agua Dulce Technologies is accepting inquiries and will keep you informed if you sign-up for updates or by contacting us.
Where is Agua Dulce Technologies based?
Agua Dulce Technologies, LLC, is a privately funded and owned corporation based in Littleton, Colorado.