FH2OX™ (pronounced ‘fox’) treatment technology cleans up oil & gas wastewater by removing residual hydrocarbons and chemicals. The technology integrates several phased steps, including the use of most potent oxidizers to break down complex carbon-based compounds like hydrocarbons.
In field tests, FH2OX™ removed over 98% of all hydrocarbons from wastewater. The technology was designed to be scalable. Starting with our standard 10 barrel per minute treatment unit, additional units can be added to scaled up for a large treatment plant, or placed on skids to create a semi-permanent plant for field operations. Skid units can be mounted on a truck for mobile treatment operations.
Research & Development Technology Projects
AEW-550 ‘Non-biocide Project’ – A3E is testing a technology that would significantly reduce the use of biocides to control acid-producing bacteria (APB) and sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB). In a field test, the AEW-550 technology removed over 99.5% of APB’s and SRB’s from mixed waters that contained colony counts each of over 140,000 MPN/ml. Preliminary analysis also shows destruction of bacteria spores. AEW-550 treatment of freshwater or mixed waters for hydraulic fracturing creates an economic gain by more thoroughly killing bacteria and spores, thus reducing the risk of well corrosion and fouling. The environmental benefit – reduction of risks associated with hazardous biocide chemicals and increase in positive public perceptions.
AEW-780 ‘Re-purposed Water Project’ – A3E is testing a technology that would treat sewer water so it could be re-purposed to support oil & gas exploration including hydraulic fracturing. In many regions around the country, freshwater shortages significantly impact exploration and drilling. Treated and bacteria-free sewer water represents a possible new water source for the industry. In a field test, the AEW-780 technology reduced Total Coliform from 245,000 (colony#/100ml) down to less than <10 (colony#/100ml). The economic gain- lower impact on exploration & drilling due to water shortages. The environmental benefit – reduced freshwater footprint from drilling & exploration.
AEW-900’s ‘Remediation of Complex Oil Wastewaters’ – A predecessor of the FH2OX™ technology demonstrated good results treating oily residual wastewater left from the cleaning out of tank bottom sludge. A3E is initiating lab tests on a successor technology, AEW-900, to measure effectiveness on complex oil wastewaters generated by the storage and refining of oil. The goal is to breakdown very complex organic molecular chains and mineralize the residuals, producing a non-toxic wastewater that can be reused.