Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources fo Small Producers (07123-05)

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - Principal Investigator:  Liangxiong Li

Objective:  This project seeks to demonstrate a cost-effective process for produced water purification at the wellhead using a low-temperature distillation unit.  The researchers will construct a demonstration unit that can utilize solar energy and coproduced geothermal energy for wellhead produced water desalination and will conduct a pilot test at two wellhead locations for a period of one year.  Technical feasibility and economic efficiency of the proposed process will be evaluated by testing the energy consumption, maintenance cost, and durability.
Period of Performance:  August 6, 2008 to August 5, 2011

NETL Fact Sheet
  • Project Management Plan, April 2010 (135 KB)
  • Interim Report - Experimental Analysis of Produced Water Desalination by a Humidification-Dehumidification Process, Xinhua Li, November 2009 (882 KB)