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
- RPSEA Small Producer Showcase Presentation, Midland, TX, February 3, 2010 (6.5 MB)
- 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)