Trevi Systems, Inc., a NAWI Alliance organization, recently licensed a pair of new switchable solvent water extraction technologies that were developed by a team of researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The research team is led by NAWI Alliance member and INL researcher, Aaron Wilson.
“Trevi Systems is excited to be partnering with NAWI and INL on this promising technology,” said John Webley, Founding Chairman and CEO of Trevi Systems. “With INL providing the theoretical framework underpinning the desalination mechanism and NAWI the funding and strong project management oversight, Trevi is uniquely positioned to rapidly advance the technology to commercial deployment.”
The newly licensed technologies use a closed loop condensable gas solvent process to enable low-energy desalination and contaminant precipitation from aqueous feed streams. Researchers expect that these technologies will be able to produce fresh water from brines (and other high salinity sources, including sea water) using substantially less energy. NAWI plans to help further develop the technologies as part of the “Solvent-Driven Zero Liquid Discharge for Production of Synthetic Gypsum” task.
Read the in-depth journal article to learn more about the fundamentals of the aqueous separation technologies.