Today, in situ bitumen recovery requires steam to heat bitumen. While water is recycled and reused, the process is extremely energy intensive, requiring pumping, cooling and then reheating of the recycled water. Purlucid’s technology employs a number of innovations, including replacing part of the energy-intensive process with a novel membrane filter to remove contaminants from water before it returns to the boiler. This will reduce GHG emissions because the technology allows water treatment to occur at a higher temperature, so water doesn’t need to be cooled and then reheated to the degree reheating is necessary today.