BufferThe most common question I field when I mention desalination is, “Doesn’t that take a lot of energy?” The truth is, yes, it does. That’s why you’ll not hear me advocate for desalination without strongly insisting on complementary conservation. We must redouble our conservation efforts by upgrading infrastructure intelligently and in no way excuse wasteful [...]
About Galen SanfordGalen produces the BlueTech Blog. He's worked on sustainability projects as a student at Whitworth University, as a teacher at the UN RCE USD in Tongyeong, South Korea, and writes occasionally for a leading sustainability blog.
Buffer Researchers in Delaware are worried by high levels of nitrates recently discovered in groundwater and drinking water. A recent study found 76% of domestic wells contained nitrates. 18% of the wells exceed federal standards for drinking water. Even some deep wells are affected, leading Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources to conclude that surface contaminants [...]
BlueTech methods mitigate the causes of climate change by making efficient use of water, thereby making efficient use of energy, reducing fossil fuel extraction (thereby reducing water usage still further) and reducing the release of pollutants like CO2 and mercury into the atmosphere and water supply.
BufferConcrete. There’s a lot of it on earth. Pretty much every paradise has its parking lot. And its big-box store, high-rise condos, sidewalks, stadiums and office parks. Bridges, tunnels, jetties, locks, canals, station platforms: all require concrete. Concrete is the second most consumed substance on earth (pdf), after water: three tons of it per year, [...]
Ostara’s Pearl Nutrient Recovery Process harvests nutrients from wastewater streams, lessening the risks of eutrophy and struvite scaling, while creating a positive revenue stream for wastewater treatment plants. Ostara estimates $1 million in cost-savings and revenue. Not a bad way to protect life on earth.
BufferSpeaking of Resource Recovery, Canadian company BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc has announced plans to build a wastewater treatment plant at a copper mine in China. The plant will be a joint-venture with Jiangxi Copper Company. Construction is slated to begin Q3 2010 and cost $3 million, to be shared equally. The plant will purify produced [...]
Buffer Around the globe, a growing number of advanced water technologies are recovering valuable minerals and resources from waste water. The O2 Environmental Technology Assessment Group (TAG) will outline the size and value of the market opportunity, drivers for change, the business models used, major players and some of the innovative technologies being developed. The [...]
Buffer The Artemis Project, our parent firm, is hosting a webinar tomorrow that will gather an diverse group of experts to explore the challenges, solutions and investment opportunities surrounding efficient water management in energy exploration. Register now The webinar will occur tomorrow, July 16 from 11:00am EST to 12:30pm. The webinar will be divided into two [...]
BufferEcosphere Technologies’ agreement with Mid-Gulf Recovery Services has developed into a contract announced July 8th. The contract stipulates two Ozonix mobile water treatment units will be deployed on barges carrying housing quarters, to purify grey and black water generated by the personnel deployed to clean portions of the gulf. One unit has been deployed, and [...]
Buffer There’s an increasing concensus that natural gas will be America’s half-way house as we kick our fossil fuel habit. The difficulties lie in managing water use while extracting the transitional fuel. Because of the near surety of a long-term natural gas industry, technologies devoted to treating produced water form one of the few sectors [...]
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