Why is it necessary?
- The HydroPod™ reduces the demand for water as a precious natural resource by cleaning for reuse. It allows natural gas exploration to move into previously restrictive areas that prevent drilling due to concerns of water contamination, dumping, and drought.
- It provides industry leaders the opportunity to get ahead of regulatory tightening and restraints and reduce the risk of downtime.The HydroPod™ eliminates the hazards of dangerous oxidizers and leaves a small carbon footprint. It is scalable and can be modified to meet specific contaminant needs.
- The mobility of the HydroPod™ unit reduces the cost of trucking produced water to storage locations, the cost of trucking fresh water to drill site, to storage costs and fines associated with potential leaks.
What does it treat?
- Produced and flowback water treatment in unconventional gas plays has long been one of the largest operating costs for the natural gas industry. Increased regulatory limitations have increased fines, limited access to water resources, and prohibited dumping back into used well sites. Different shale plays contain different naturally occurring elements that complicate the ability to store and clean processed water, including NORM, chlorides, and scaling compounds.
- The HydroPod™removes guar, polyacrylamide, processed grey water, oil impurities, bacteria, cross-linkers, the majority of heavy metals, hardness, and generally will reduce chlorides by 35-35%. It has also proven effective in treating balast water in large ships that commonly contain bacteria, algae, plankton and metals, including iron that render it a hazardous material.
- The HydroPod™ provides many benefits to water reclamation needs. It can be used in many industries where water is used including mining, food processing, textiles, and agriculture. It has proven most cost effective in processing water resulting from natural gas fracturing.
How is it used?
- The HydroPod™ can be moved to water storage sites or set up directly at the well site. It can do more than traditional methods, such as chlorination, and improves environmental conditions. The first step is that the water to be treated is connected to piping that introduces ozone into the HydroPod™ container and recirculates it back through the unit for 45 minutes to 2 hours. Timing is dependent on the organic content of the water to be treated, otherwise known as Chemical Oxygen Demand. It is then passed through the electrical coagulation system where the electrical current bonds elements together to be captured in specialized end filters. The electrical coagulation captures fine, stable, suspended matter; ions; chemicals; hydrogen sulfides; and oil emulsions. It reduce turbidity and biological activity effectively eliminating bacteria and some organic compounds. During the EC process, a specialized polymer is applied together with pH adjustment if necessary to a pH of 9.5.
- The ozone process also acts as a natural biocide. However, depending on level of hydrocarbons in the processed water it is recommended that water be reused within 3-4 days, and if used for reinjection or fracturing, an additional biocide should be used for long term effectiveness.
- Software and satellite installations allow for real-time analysis of processing data and offsite monitoring. Efficiency in design allows the unit to be operated with reduced manpower than other methods. The additional generator reduces the potential for downtime.
How is it shipped?
- HydroPod™ is a compact system that fits in a 15′ or smaller container that can be easily loaded on a flatbed truck allowing for a flexible, affordable, and environmental water treatment solution.
Contact us today for more information on HydroPod™ technology and to find out how it can help protect a valuable resource while adding value to your bottom line.