Thermal Cyclone Desalination – A Small Town Leads Innovation
Loving County, Texas – population 82 - has long been known for being the smallest county in the United States, and more recently, as the first community in the country to install a new thermal cyclone vaporization technology for the desalination of brackish water.
Although there are only 82 residents, 3,000+ people work in the county every day as part of the large oil and gas mining industry. Freshwater is a scarce resource in the area and the County was searching for new ways to treat the abundant but brackish groundwater.
In this presentation, James Busby will discuss how B&N, with funding assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Water SMART program, led this innovative desalination project to treat brackish groundwater for use as drinking water. The project uses a patented thermal cyclone technology called Dynamic Vapor Recompression, or DyVaR to turn brackish water into safe drinking water for Loving County's residents and produce a highly concentrated, near zero liquid discharge brine stream. Provided by the Netherlands-based company SaltTech, this is the first time the innovative DyVaR technology has been installed and used in the U.S. and the first commercial unit operating in the world.
The DyVaR technology has the capability to not only treat brackish groundwater, but provide effective treatment for seawater, RO reject, and produced water from oil and gas mining operations.