As a clean tech company, Saltworks Technologies Inc. delivers innovative solutions for desalination and water treatment. With ERA funding, Saltworks developed and tested a robust waste heat driven desalination technology intended for treating highly impaired waters in the Albertan oil sands industry.
The technology uses waste heat, which is abundant in the oil sands, to produce freshwater from Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) blowdown water. The results are reduced wastewater discharge, reduced freshwater withdrawal, and reduced carbon emissions compared to conventional treatment technologies.
The focus of the project is to confirm technical and economic feasibility on real SAGD blowdown water while preparing for future scale-up and rollout. The project is structured to accelerate commercialization by including industry partners and a field ready unit for operation on an active oil sands facility following the completion of the project.