Water EPA: Testing titania membranes: the “superman” of membranes?

Titania Membrane De-risking Pilot Project

Shell Canada is improving water treatment operations with its Titania Membrane project. The project has the potential to reduce water usage and energy intensity for enhanced water recycling rates.

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John Brogly

John Brogly
Director, Water EPA

Our second water conference was held in March, where we partnered with our Associate Member, Alberta Innovates. The theme—becoming world leaders in water management through strategic planning, research, technology deployment and operational excellence in Canada’s Oil Sands—set the stage for over 400 attendees to take in technical sessions related to in situ water treatment technology, Athabasca watershed modeling and monitoring, as well as on site water management for mining operations.  

With a packed crowd, we saw firsthand that people are hungry for water research and technological advancement in the oil sands industry. The current economic climate didn’t dissuade people from attending; but that said, we can’t forget that costs matter. Now more than ever, technology needs to offer improved environmental performance with reduced operating and capital costs. 

Several presentations at the water conference addressed this challenge. And that’s also what excited me about participating in a working session at the Globe 2016 Conference in Vancouver. We presented our water challenges to a group of over 30 innovators who brainstormed economically viable and environmentally sound solutions. It was incredible to hear some of the truly remarkable conversations that took place around those conference tables. I am eagerly anticipating fresh technology entries for consideration through E-TAP, COSIA's Environmental Technology Assessment Portal.

Find out more about what our members are working on with this edition’s case study on Shell’s Titania Membrane project