Saltworks Celebrates SaltMaker Crystallizer Installation in BC
March 13th 2018
A 2013 pilot project that started on Vancouver’s Burrard inlet seashore is now winning international bids, creating BC jobs and protecting Canada’s environment. The Government of British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) fund and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) first supported Saltworks Technologies in its drive to commercialize an innovative technology that treats the most challenging industrial salty wastewaters. The product now has global installations, all built in BC.
CEO Benjamin Sparrow commented, “Our country recognizes that cleantech innovation can advance our resource sector as well as diversify our economy. Saltworks investors, partners, and team sent plants out to oil, gas, mining, and industrial sites, making clean water from very salty brines that were previously trucked off site. The SaltMaker innovation changed this equation.” Saltworks now operates two factories in BC, building some of the world’s most advanced water technology, with customers including major oil and gas and mining companies, as well as NASA.
The early joint strategic funding from ICE and SDTC set Saltworks on course with a first plant, which withdrew waste heat from a portside cold storage facility, saving carbon emissions in the process. After multiple full-scale installations internationally, the company brought the technology home in 2016 and built a plant in the Interior of British Columbia for Wastech. The plant employs waste heat thermal energy from reciprocating clean power engines, lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to alternative treatment options, while producing clean water and jobs.
About Saltworks Technologies
Saltworks Technologies treats the toughest water. Saltworks delivers modular, intelligent industrial desalination and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) water treatment plants. We reliably separate out the salt, so customers can focus on their core business.
Wastech Services Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Belkorp Environmental Services Inc., has more than 30 years’ experience in British Columbia as a strong partner for corporations, government agencies and institutions in the design, management, and optimization of recycling and waste management systems. Our core areas of expertise include recycling, transfer stations, landfills, commodity sales, wood recycling, and transportation-back-hauling services. Wastech works in collaboration with communities in which it operates to bring solutions that are cost-effective, and that minimize or eliminate environmental impacts.
Wastech is headquartered in Coquitlam, and operates transfer stations in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, North Vancouver and Surrey, as well as the Cache Creek Landfill in the BC interior.
What is Zero Liquid Discharge & Why is it Important? January 15th 2018 Request More Information Download PDF Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) is an engineering approach to water treatment where all
The many options for managing brine, a term for saline wastewater from industrial processes, fall under two categories: brine treatment and brine disposal. Brine treatment involves desalinating the brine for reuse and producing a concentrated brine (lower liquid waste volume), or residual solids (zero liquid discharge).
Convention teaches that ZLD requires energy-intensive boiling to produce solids. Our engineers recently broke that convention and helped a mining client achieve solid salt production in a novel membrane-chiller hybrid plant using UHP-RO.