MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Based on its recent analysis of the wastewater treatment market for Canadian oil sands, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Aquatech International Corporation with the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation, according to a press release.

Aquatech's innovative, modular evaporator system, SmartMOD treats produced water for recycle/reuse for boiler feedwater. This, in turn, will generate steam for the thermal processes used in oil extraction, noted the release.

The SmartMOD evaporator system is uniquely designed and engineered for modularity and is much more compact than the conventional evaporator systems, which helps lower installation costs and improves ease of operation.

A major benefit to the industry is the significant reduction in the overall project schedule as the system can be fully operational in approximately six weeks from the system arriving onsite, unlike other conventional systems that take up to six months, stated the release.

Compared to competing offerings, the system uses less power, which translates into a significant savings in long-term operational costs. Its modular design and configuration also provide more than 75 percent continuous distillate production.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award," said Alan R. Daza, P.Eng., vice president of sales & business development for Aquatech's Infrastructure and Major Projects division. "The SmartMOD evaporator system is a game-changer in the oil sands market, as it reduces total capital and operational costs, saves space, leaves a smaller carbon footprint and involves shorter installation time. It is completely self-contained and can alter the way that oil and gas companies treat produced water or boiler blow-down treatment."

Read the entire press release here.