New industry, new challenges. No shortage of those that are willing to address the challenges.
The Technology Showcase demonstrated some of the technologies that are ready for field presentation. Here are some of the technologies that were showcased.
- Fiber optics that replace 50 year old technology to monitor microseismic activity. Purportedly better and cheaper than conventional technology. Helps understand the subsurface for greater performance during fracking. Fiber optic dropped in the existing well and the subsurface is imaged.
- Filtration systems that replace traditional filtration from inside filter to exterior exposing shale gas to contaminants. Pure gas exists the new filtration system in a manner that results in decreased gas exposure to contaminants and moisture. Purportedly results in higher gas production.
- Shale gas waste water evaporation system that recaptures distilled water. Eliminates the need for expensive metal containers in order to pressurize the evaporation process. Recycled water can be custom distiller to meet the needs of the industry. Water can be cleaned sufficiently to be put back into municipality waters. Permanent locations exist now, but mobile units are on the way.
- System that monitors well pad methane migration and fresh water line for breaks. The information obtained can be used to dispute inaccurate claims of contamination and address legitimate claims quickly. This system provides real time monitoring, which laboratory testing cannot. The system can provide "fingerprinting" of sites.
- Communication dishes that are remotely re-directable, eliminating the need to have employees manually re-direct the dish high up on an antenna.
- Organically modified silica that remove hydrocarbons and VOCs from shale gas water by absorbing them. After use, the silica is chemically or heat treated and can be reused. Site locatable on 53' diesel self-powered trailer.
- Mobile real-time methane monitoring that improves employee safety and community confidence. The unit is mounted to the front or rear of a vehicle that is driven 25m-150m downwind of the site at 20-30 mph and data is collected along with gps data to pinpoint capture sites. Levels of methane are superimposed using color bars over a satellite picture of the site.
- Biomass and concentrated solar powered treatment of shale gas water. Reduces truck traffic and separates shale gas water for recycling.
- Capture and conversion of waste heat generated during the fracking process into 125kWe of energy. Heat sources include direct exhaust, hot water loop, jacket water, thermal oil and steam. Zero additional fuel and zero emissions system.
- Clean, processed, refined coal production by-products that are made into a hardening fire retardant foam that can replace labor intensive concrete and other forms of insulation. Cure time is 90 seconds and the product can be sprayed or poured.
- A synthetically supercharged iron molecule (ferrate) that can act as a coagulant, anti- foulant, and deodorant. However, it is a tremendous oxidizer. Used on shale gas water it will remove suspended solids including bacteria by causing them to coagulate. There is no waste water, only landfill with the water returned to the site.