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IX Water is currently focused on two very specific markets: Oil & Gas and the Coking industry

Oil & Gas

Oil & gas produced water is naturally occurring water brought up with oil and natural gas. This water contains a toxic mix of metals, organic hydrocarbons, metalloids, scalants, and other elements dangerous to humans and the environment.

While sand, mud, and free-floating oil and grease are easy to remove, the most difficult to remove compounds are those dissolved into the water; they often have no color, taste, or smell. Oil & gas produced water is traditionally left to evaporate or injected into deep underground wells.

In addition to the loss of this valuable resource in water-stressed regions, injecting produced water has caused some localized fault slippage.

The oil & gas industries generate over 150 billion barrels of produced water each year. Treatment and disposal of oil & gas produced water costs over $75 billion annually, and accounts for 98% of the entire waste stream of the industry—from well to refinery. The cost per barrel varies widely, based on location and availability of treatment and disposal options.

Traditional methods of dealing with produced water include disposal via deep well injection, evaporation using open pits and ponds, and mechanical evaporation systems. These methods often present environmental challenges and/or cost too much to be viable. What the industry needs is an integrated system for treating produced water so the water can be recycled or reused for beneficial use…for less cost than traditional methods. IX Power Clean Water has created just such a system!

IX Water OG is a complete treatment train based on industry best practices and innovative technology from a unique collaboration between IX Power, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Texas at Austin, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

IX Water OG is a complete solution to a complex problem: the disposition of oil & gas produced water, both offshore and onshore.

IX Water OG can also be used for industrial waste water, industrial process water, and surface water/groundwater reclamation at point of use.

Coking

Coke is fuel with a high carbon content and few impurities. It can be synthesized by submitting coal to extremely high temperatures in airtight spaces and then quenching, or cooling the resulting coke. The water used to quench the coke becomes highly toxic upon accumulating carcinogens and other impurities released by the coal.

Coal carbonization is the process by which coal is heated to temperatures exceeding 1,300°C in the absence of oxygen to produce metallurgical coke. Volatile organic compound (VOC) byproducts of carbonization include hazardous components such as BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes), NPD (naphthalenes, phenanthrenes, and dibenzothiophenes), and PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and are released in the form of gas and tar. During wet-quenching processes, water is sprayed into the coking chamber to cool the coking coal and gases, as well as solidify some of the coal tar; this process results in a contaminated wastewater stream due to the slight solubility of BTEX molecules (Humans 2012). These VOCs are typically not addressed by current standardized wastewater treatment methods and therefore pose a danger to the environment via emissions from downstream processes.

IX Power Clean Water, Inc.’s IX Water is an inexpensive, environmentally safe process that tackles this problem by removing dissolved aromatic hydrocarbons from wastewater through adsorption. This system can be operated as a stand-alone unit to treat VOCs or can be included in tandem with other processes that remove other water contaminants, such as metals and salts.

Coke is fuel with a high carbon content and few impurities. It can be synthesized by submitting coal to extremely high temperatures in airtight spaces and then quenching, or cooling the resulting coke. The water used to quench the coke becomes highly toxic upon accumulating carcinogens and other impurities released by the coal.

Coal carbonization is the process by which coal is heated to temperatures exceeding 1,300°C in the absence of oxygen to produce metallurgical coke. Volatile organic compound (VOC) byproducts of carbonization include hazardous components such as BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes), NPD (naphthalenes, phenanthrenes, and dibenzothiophenes), and PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and are released in the form of gas and tar. During wet-quenching processes, water is sprayed into the coking chamber to cool the coking coal and gases, as well as solidify some of the coal tar; this process results in a contaminated wastewater stream due to the slight solubility of BTEX molecules (Humans 2012). These VOCs are typically not addressed by current standardized wastewater treatment methods and therefore pose a danger to the environment via emissions from downstream processes.

IX Power Clean Water, Inc.’s IX Water is an inexpensive, environmentally safe process that tackles this problem by removing dissolved aromatic hydrocarbons from wastewater through adsorption. This system can be operated as a stand-alone unit to treat VOCs or can be included in tandem with other processes that remove other water contaminants, such as metals and salts.

IX Water OG is the most advanced system for eliminating contaminants from industrial water — and at the lowest cost! Cost per 42-gallon barrel range from $0.17 to $0.24 ($1.07 to $1.51 per cubic meter). Salt concentration for high TDS adds an additional modest cost. Our goal is provide clean, reusable or dischargeable water for around $1 per barrel!

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