Selective Ion Removal Solutions: SilicaSelect

Selective Ion Removal Solutions: SilicaSelect

Remove Silica from Water to Increase RO Recovery, Decrease Cooling Tower Blowdown, and more

Announcing SilicaSelect

Saltworks proudly announces SilicaSelect, part of our IonSelect Solution family. It selectively targets silica in wastewaters while keeping treatment footprint and costs down.

 

Silica can wreak havoc in water systems. It precipitates at very low concentrations (~0.01%) and can block membranes or scale cooling towers. Trimming silica levels can enable reprocessing of the wastewater, resulting in more water conserved and less waste brine.

 

We combined two of our existing technologies—ScaleSense selective ion sensor and BrineRefine chemical softening system—into a tidy package that will remove up to 98% of silica from wastewaters. As a positive side effect, SilicaSelect also de-saturates gypsum (calcium sulfate).

 

SilicaSelect is a standard packaged product with one size: 20’ skid, and one capacity: 120 m3/day. Use it to reduce silica loads in much larger flows: for example, remove 20% of silica from 600 m3/day, boosting RO recovery or cooling tower cycles. See our SilicaSelect page for process flow applications.

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Saltworks’ engineers are looking forward to working with customers to see where SilicaSelect can add value. If silica isn’t your only concern—or if you need higher recovery, MLD, or ZLD—we can help with that too. Contact us today for a custom webinar or project review.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds, and operates full-scale treatment plants, and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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SilicaSelect: Silica Extractor System

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Sensors

Real-Time Sensing and Process Control: Introducing ScaleSense

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IonSelect

Learn More Request More Information Targeting specific ions for removal can be the most cost-efficient way to treat a wastewater flow. Saltworks has treatment and sensing solutions available to treat

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Saltworks’ FGD Wastewater Solution Wins POWER Magazine’s Water Award 2020

Saltworks' FGD Wastewater Solution Wins POWER Magazine's 2020 Water Award

Saltworks is honoured to receive POWER Magazine’s 2020 Water Award for our ground-breaking ‘chloride kidney’ industrial desalination solution. This innovative technology—pilot tested at one of America’s largest coal power plants—involves a novel tweak on 50 year-old electrodialysis desalination technology.


As the world transitions its energy mix, coal-fired stations still provide over 30% of America’s electricity and 60% of China’s. Operators have installed scrubbers to remove sulfur emissions from the exhaust, driven by the need to mitigate air pollution and prevent acid rain. The air emissions are absorbed into water, ultimately generating a unique Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) wastewater.


Until now, FGD wastewater has not been widely treated due to its complex chemistry and highly scaling nature. FGD wastewater treatment can be avoided by re-using the water internally. However, this requires removing chlorides.

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Flex EDR treatment stack

Saltworks developed a solution that removes up to 90% of chlorides from FGD wastewater, meaning that the water can be re-used rather than discharged. The solution uses Saltworks’ Flex EDR product—with proprietary monovalent-selective membranes—enabling up to 50% cost savings over alternative methods.

 

The same technology is now being tested by a major international mining company to remove chlorides and boost production from what would normally be a waste product. More information can be accessed by contacting Saltworks or visiting POWER magazine.

 

In addition to chloride removal for re-use, Saltworks also offers chemical softening, high recovery reverse osmosis, and evaporator solutions for FGD wastewater.

 

The site pilot work—proving the performance of Flex EDR as a chloride kidney—was made possible thanks to the foresight of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the support of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, as well as advisory services and research and development funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). 

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds, and operates full-scale treatment plants, and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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Flex EDR Selective

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Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater Treatment

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First Commercial Order of a Next Generation Ultra High-Pressure Reverse Osmosis (UHP RO) Industrial System

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Next Generation Ultra High-Pressure Reverse Osmosis (UHP RO)

First Commercial Order of an Industrial System ​

UHP RO Commercialised

Saltworks is thrilled to announce the first full-scale order for an industrial Ultra High-Pressure Reverse Osmosis (UHP RO) system with Nitto high performing HYDRANAUTICSTM PRO-XP1 spiral wound membranes rated to 1,800 psi (124 bar).  

 

Ultra high-pressure RO builds on the pedigree of seawater reverse osmosis systems, but operates at a 50% higher pressure—beneficially halving the volume of brine generated. This means less waste and more clean water. Saltworks started working on UHP RO two years ago, quickly finding that HYDRANAUTICSTM membranes offered best-in-class performance. The company has since been pilot testing UHP RO on various customer applications including mining waters, factory wastewater, ion exchange regeneration waste, and cooling tower blowdown.

 

The first full scale industrial client, a US manufacturer of advanced materials, will use the system for a win-win scenario: achieving a 10× reduction in disposal volume, while recovering clean water for re-use.

Saltworks’ CEO, Ben Sparrow, commented “We see wide applications for UHP RO to help clients save money, save water, and reduce waste. As PFAS becomes more important in North America, UHP RO is set to play a significant part of in solutions, driving down waste volumes sent to disposal wells or to destruction. In our testing, HYDRANAUTICSTM membranes have out-performed expectations and enable the next generation of reverse osmosis and brine recovery.”

 

Regarding this new membrane product, Hydranautics’ VP of Technology, Dr. Craig Bartels, added “As a technological leader in the industry, Nitto has a long line of industry ‘firsts’ as well as having advanced manufacturing facilities with the latest in automation technology. The PRO-XP1 is a new ultra high-pressure product in the PRO series line, which offers novel NF and RO products for treatment of the most difficult industrial wastewater applications.”

 

Although UHP RO builds on seawater RO, it requires speciality membranes, new spiral element designs, and process-control art to enable the solution. Contact Saltworks or Nitto to learn more.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds, and operates full-scale treatment plants, and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

About Nitto

Nitto is Japan’s leading diversified materials manufacturer. Founded in 1918, Nitto’s strength is the ability to add diverse functionality to sheets, films and other materials using core technologies such as polymer synthesis, adhesion, and coating technologies. The group offers high value specialty products worldwide including optical films for liquid crystal displays, automotive materials, reverse osmosis membranes for desalination and transdermal drug delivery patches. Hydranautics is a part of the Nitto Group and one of the global leaders in the field of integrated membrane solutions. Hydranautics offers complete membrane solutions like reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration for water, wastewater and process treatment and applications. For further information on Nitto and Hydranautics, kindly visit our website: www.nitto.com and www.membranes.com.

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New Technology in Challenging Times: Optimize Existing Water Plant Assets With ScaleSense

New Technology in Challenging Times:

Optimize Existing Water Plant Assets With ScaleSense

Announcing ScaleSense

Optimizing existing water treatment assets is the lowest cost path to incremental water production and reducing residual waste. However, many of the tools needed have not been developed—until now.

 

Saltworks announces ScaleSense: our real-time, ion-specific sensor that works on saline waters i.e. brines. By measuring scaling species live, it enables users to optimize processes in real time as conditions change—without the need for human intervention, lab work, or guesswork.

 

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ScaleSense Applications

With ScaleSense, it is now possible to lower capital and operational expenditure by:

  • Running reverse osmosis systems closer to their peak recovery and automatically changing that recovery as inlet water chemistry shifts, without putting membranes at risk or generating surplus brine.
  • Operating cooling towers at higher cycles, saving water usage and reducing blowdown.
  • Optimizing chemical loading and sludge production of chemical softening systems 
  • Partially bypassing and blending sulfate treatment processes

We are excited to see what other solutions people imagine as we release this novel product.

 

We developed the ScaleSense ion sensor to work without interference from other ions. We tried other solutions, but their accuracy was inadequate for the complex waters we encountered in RO brines, cooling tower blowdown, power plant wastewater treatment, mine waters, and oil & gas.

Measure Scaling Species in the Toughest Waters

ScaleSense can measure calcium (Ca2+), barium (Ba2+) or sulfate (SO42‑) ions, or silica (SiO2), real-time with repeatable accuracy. It can also measure TDS in extremely concentrated brines, where traditional conductivity meters flatline.

 

Check out our ScaleSense homepage to see sample use cases. We can package ScaleSense with our process engineering and control services, to enable customers to increase their plant smarts, improve recovery, uptime, data, and reduce waste.

 

Can you imagine a use for ScaleSense? Do you think you have incremental water “left on the table” that can be recovered? Contact us and let us figure it out.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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New Membrane Brine Concentrator Plant Capable of Ultra High Recovery, PFAS Treatment, and More!

New Membrane Brine Concentrator Capable of Ultra High Recovery, PFAS Treatment, and More!

Dec 17th 2019

Saltworks has started commissioning what we believe is a first-of-its-kind plant, with much customer interest. The membrane concentrator makes extensive use of reverse osmosis – turbocharged.  The turbocharging relies on:

  • BrineRefine technology to remove scaling ions, enabling downstream processing at extremely high recoveries;
  • A novel real-time calcium sensor capable of operating on challenging flows (we developed our own after off-the-shelf sensors failed to meet requirements);
  • Ultra high-pressure reverse osmosis (RO) spiral wound technology, operating at 1,800 psi (120 bar); and
  • Expert engineering and production that integrates all technologies into a tidy, intelligent package capable of operating on variable industrial flows.

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Together, these technologies can concentrate highly scaling brines to 130,000 mg/L total dissolved solids. This enables treating PFAS laden fluids, cooling tower blowdown, mine wastewaters, and other industrial saline waters. The plant truly minimizes brine volume sent to disposal or processed by more costly thermal technologies. In the case of PFAS, advanced oxidation or disposal may be employed downstream.

 

The plant was built with funding and technical input from a leading reverse osmosis membrane company.

 

Malcolm Man, Saltworks’ EVP, commented, “We have seen much customer demand from a wide range of industries for a proving plant that brings ultra high-pressure RO to the marketplace. Our clients seek to reduce brine volumes further, while using lower cost and lower energy off-the-shelf reverse osmosis technology. They now have a new option built into a plant that can accept and tolerate their scaling ions, chemistry variability, and robustness requirements.”

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. Founded in 2008, the Company offers thermal and membrane systems for brine concentration, zero liquid discharge, and advanced separations. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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Boosting Oil Production through Water Treatment – A Pilot Proof Point

Boosting Oil Production through Water Treatment – A Pilot Proof Point

Nov 13th 2019

The easy oil has been accessed. Increasingly firms are turning to enhanced oil recovery (EOR) to boost production. This involves pumping speciality concocted water chemistries underground to push out more oil. EOR should not be confused with fracking. Fracking “vibrates” and opens reservoir passages in shale deposits. In certain types of EOR, a specialty formulated water is injected into what may have been a traditional reservoir, with the objective to “wash out” more oil. This limits surface impacts to the environment since well life can be extended, instead of drilling new wells. However, as the water travels through the reservoir it picks up underground salts, becoming saline. This added salinity hurts the speciality formulated water properties, increasing chemical costs drastically in the case of polymer flood.

I: Saltworks XtremeRO pilot operating at pilot site in Southern Alberta

Saltworks developed and delivered an EOR produced water pilot, that reliably desalted the returning produced water. This saves the client notable chemical costs: more than the cost of water treatment, in some cases. Saltworks can run a project assessment to evaluate each specific case.

In addition to the cost savings, the following benefits may be achieved:

  • Water is recycled in a closed loop, rather than discarded. This reduces both water loss to disposal wells and freshwater withdrawal from the environment
  • Higher quality water is re-injected, with lower hardness and suspended solids that can plug the formation
  • Less trucking and GHGs associated with chemical delivery to site, or hauling waste produced water off site when required

II: Pilot Water Samples. From left to right: Produced water, Filtrate, RO Brine, RO Permeate

The pilot operated at a live polymer flood oil field in Southern Alberta with over 97% uptime, unattended overnight, and managed well through slugs of oil as high as 800 ppm entering the plant. It met all project objectives. The results provide a roadmap to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Canada’s valued oil reserves. The work was made possible with the generous technical and financial support of Alberta Innovates and Natural Resources Canada.

 

The solution is commercially available from Saltworks under our XtremeRO product line.  It may also be applied to other waters not suited for traditional reverse osmosis technology with salinity < 80,000 mg/L total dissolved solids.

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About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. Founded in 2008, the Company offers thermal and membrane systems for brine concentration, zero liquid discharge, and advanced separations. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

About Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates invests in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive provincial economic growth and diversity. We provide technical expertise, entrepreneurial advice and support, opportunities for partnerships and funding to advance the best ideas. We support a broad range of research and innovation activity – from discovery to use. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, bringing together bright minds and great ideas.

Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) and Minimal Liquid Discharge (MLD) become Lower Cost through Reverse Osmosis Innovation

A bank of Reverse Osmosis filters at a public water utility plant.

Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) and Minimal Liquid Discharge (MLD) become Lower Cost through Reverse Osmosis Innovation

September 16th 2019

Saltworks is pleased to announce that recent advancements in reverse osmosis technology are now commercially available. Malcolm Man of Saltworks notes “we are changing the cost equation for brine management and minimal liquid discharge. In the MLD and near ZLD space, advanced reverse osmosis can now do two things previously thought unattainable:

  1. Reduce conventional RO brine volumes by 50%, achieving brine concentrations of 130,000 to 150,000 mg/L TDS with spiral wound RO membranes.
  2. Treat industrial and produced waters with high organics and solvents, while maintaining membrane integrity.

A bank of Reverse Osmosis filters at a public water utility plant.

Throughout 2019, Saltworks has been working with industrial customers and a leading RO membrane supplier to refine and thoroughly test the technology. It has now been demonstrated through repeated successful pilots in mine water management, cooling tower blowdown, brackish water desalination, oil & gas produced water, and industrial wastewater treatment. A cooling tower blowdown treatment case study was recently published by Saltworks.

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The advanced RO accomplishments involve the marriage of specialized RO membranes and process-control innovations. An exciting partnership in this regard will be announced in the future. Interested readers can learn more about the technologies below or contact Saltworks.

  • BrineRefine: removes scaling ions, without coagulants that can damage RO, to make an RO friendly feed.
  • XtremeRO: ultra high pressure reverse osmosis (UHP RO) for brine concentration, including options for oil & gas produced water and industrial organic wastewater treatment.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. Founded in 2008, the Company offers thermal and membrane systems for brine concentration, zero liquid discharge, and advanced separations. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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Novel On-Site Shale Produced Water Volume Reduction: Pilot Success!

Novel On-Site Shale Produced Water Volume Reduction: Pilot Success!

July 30th 2019

A new shale produced water volume reduction solution was successfully demonstrated in a live shale field. Comtech Industries and Saltworks partnered to deliver the innovation. Before today, there were two types of shale evaporators: the open type that evaporates direct to atmosphere, presenting air emissions risk; and the closed type that produces distilled water requiring subsequent management of release or re-use. Comtech and Saltworks tested an innovative new third option known as the “AirBreather.”

“The AirBreather is a novel evaporation alternative that offers both lower cost and risk,” said Henry Tsin, Saltworks’ Technology Director. “There is zero direct contact of produced water with atmosphere which removes the risk of air emissions – and no need to manage distilled water which removes a lengthy and costly permitting process.”

The pilot plant ran with over 97% up-time and met all metrics. It will now move to another customer site. Full-scale units are being readied for dispatch, leveraging Saltworks’ production and Comtech’s in-field capabilities. Rugged and intelligently automated AirBreather plants will lower the cost of produced water management.

Zack Susko, Comtech Industries’ Senior Project Manager commented, “To be able to reduce produced water volumes in an environmentally friendly manner, in turn taking trucks off of the road and reducing water volumes heading to disposal, is a major victory for shale gas producers and our governing regulatory agencies. The ingenuity and reliability of the AirBreather system will ensure that we are successful in creating value for all stakeholders involved.”

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. Founded in 2008, the Company offers thermal and membrane systems for brine concentration, zero liquid discharge, and advanced separations. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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FGD Pilot Success in the USA

FGD Pilot Success in the USA

June 4th 2019

Saltworks successfully concluded a 60-day on site pilot at a major US coal fired power plant with 100% up-time. The project treated challenging flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater to selectively remove chlorides for recycle and re-use internal to the coal stack scrubber system. By targeting the key concern – chlorides – this novel selective removal method provides an alternative to expensive complex treatments for discharge as explained in this brief video.

The pilot included a full scale Saltworks’ Flex EDR Selective Stack, which acts as a “chloride kidney.” Within the stack, Saltworks’ novel monovalent selective anion exchange membranes pull chlorides out of the FGD wastewater under a DC electric field. Outside of stack, a robotized plant enables the process while adjusting to variable water quality and providing valuable data to the operator. The results will be presented at future conferences or contact Saltworks to learn more.

Diagram of monovalent electrodialysis (mEDR) using Flex EDR technology
Stack Diagram of Flex EDR Selective
Inner View of Flex EDR Selective Pilot Plant

This work was made possible through collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (Award Number DE-FE0031678), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Southern Company. Flex EDR technology was also developed with support from the National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), BC Innovative Clean Energy Fund, Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. Founded in 2008, the Company offers thermal and membrane systems for brine concentration, zero liquid discharge, and advanced separations. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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Canada & Private Industry Invest in Saltworks’ Innovative AirBreather Technology

Saltworks Team poses with Airbreather Plant

Canada & Private Industry Invest in Saltworks' Innovative AirBreather Technology

April 17th 2019

The AirBreather is a first-of-its kind, waste heat driven evaporator-crystallizer that safely and reliably reduces the cost and environmental impact of produced water disposal from shale gas extraction. With SDTC’s investment, the AirBreather will be demonstrated in industry and scaled up for commercial roll out, where it can improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Canadian natural gas.

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, and Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston-Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the SDTC investment today at Saltworks’ headquarters and manufacturing facility in Richmond, BC.

Saltworks was also honoured to host representatives from SDTC, the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), Innovate BC, Global Affairs Canada, and City of Richmond.

Saltworks is readying a breakthrough solution to treat produced water in the natural gas industry. The new product – called the “AirBreather” – will be deployed at commercial scale with investment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). This innovation leverages earlier support from British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy (BC ICE) fund which facilitated technology now used in the AirBreather.   

“Our government’s investment in this revolutionary clean innovation, developed right here in Canada builds on our plan to strengthen Canada’s economy though innovation,” said The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence. “This investment will not only help the oil and gas industry reduce wastewater and greenhouse gas emissions, it also will reduce costs for the industry, helping to maintain jobs and create new ones. Innovative companies like Saltworks demonstrate how a strong economy and a clean environment go hand-in-hand.”

Saltworks Team poses with Airbreather Plant
The Saltworks Team and the Honorable Harjit Sajjan in front of the AirBreather Plant

Joshua Zoshi, Saltworks’ Chief Operating Officer, commented, “Saltworks is proud to be the recipient of commercialization support for of the AirBreather demonstration project. We look forward to establishing this developed-in-Canada technology as the leading solution for economic and sustainable treatment of produced water in Canada’s natural gas sector.”  

The AirBreather is a descendant of Saltworks commercial  SaltMaker – a low energy, zero-liquid-discharge brine management technology. After completing SaltMaker trials in shale, the Saltworks team realized there was a better way. Hence, the AirBreather was born.

SDTC, IRAP, and the BC ICE fund have all been an important part of Saltworks’ growth, helping the company create high skill jobs, win major international and competitive orders, develop two new BC-based production facilities, and become a world leader in environmentally focused industrial water treatment.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. Founded in 2008, the Company offers thermal and membrane systems for brine concentration, zero liquid discharge, and advanced separations. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.