The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is collaborating with Sylvan Source (SSI) to conduct a small pilot test of SSI’s advanced water treatment system, the SSI Core.
It is anticipated that the pilot plant will be deployed at a host US electric utility in the first half of 2016. First among several potential tests will be the treatment of cooling tower blowdown waste streams. The results from the pilot plant testing will be published by EPRI.
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SSI claimed the system can deliver “50% or less of the capital costs” and “50% of the operating expenses” of “comparable conventional technologies”.
Richard Breckenridge, project manager at EPRI, said: “Water management issues in our communities are of vital importance and are receiving more attention worldwide as drought conditions and water supplies limitations arise. Looking at ways to reclaim and reuse water through innovative treatment technologies minimises overall water use and benefits the public in many ways.”