CarboNet™ is founded by seasoned entrepreneurs that will all attest to the fact that building companies and generating happy customers comes down to a singular belief – that is our policy – no A$$holes. It’s our only corporate policy.
It’s our company name! CarboNet™ (for short) is a clean tech company that is has developed a proprietary chemical method to remove constituents from industrial wastewater. Our primary focus is to treat the 12 billion barrels per year of produced water generated from hydraulic fracturing in the Permian basin.
That is our tagline and its based on how we look at things. The inspiration for CarboNet™ came from the failed approaches used to deal with offshore oils spills of the early 2000s. The conventional approach was to use dispersants, a type of detergent, to try to remove the oil. Rather than removing the oil, these dispersants broke down oil down into tiny particles that sunk deeper into the ocean’s water column and ended up poisoning aquatic life well below the surface. Unlike conventional water treatment chemicals like detergents and heavy oxidants, CarboNet’s technology can go after such tiny particles and net them for easy removal. By utilizing drug delivery polymers in a unique formulation, CarboNet™ can design a broad suite of products that target specific constituents in wastewater that are historically very difficult and very costly to remove.
Our technology is simple to apply – requiring no CAPEX, specialized labour or special process. Our ingredients are readily available and allow for a cost-effective formulation. We consistently prove that we are more cost-effective than conventional water treatment chemicals.
A reliable, low-risk, cost-effective chemical method for treating industrial wastewater for reuse or safe disposal. The solution comprises our core technology, the NanoNet™ platform of nanosized particles comprising a proprietary blend of polymer and surfactants. NanoNet particles selectively bind undesirable materials in industrial wastewater, including oils, greases, solids (both suspended and dissolved) and metal ions. NanoNet particles agglomerate to form a light, stable flocculant that lifts the undesirable materials to the water surface, for easy removal with standard water treatment equipment. Our first product in the NanoNet platform, NanoNet Fe™, specifically targets the removal of iron and hydrocarbons to trace levels.
CarboNet™ scientists have developed new formulations that can remove constituents like arsenic, mercury, copper and other metals or ions from water – making the technology applicable to industries like mining, SAGD and more. Technology
NanoNet Fe is CarboNet’s first commercial product designed to cost-effectively and safely treat produced water for reuse.
As of January 2020
For clean brine generation, NanoNet Fe™ replaces the need for coagulants and flocculants.
NanoNet Fe™ may also reduce or defer the use of oxidizing biocides like ClO2 or PAA.
It’s probably sitting at the wellsite today: A tote, a tank (with aeration), a dosing pump, and a hose is all it takes.
Higher volume users will get more bang for their buck with heavily aerated processes, best enabled with a Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) system or something similar.
NanoNet Fe works in any water treatment process that includes a contained system and well-distributed air flow.
When NanoNets are dosed into the produced water, the air helps mix the chemical with the water.
The even generation and distribution of tiny air bubbles into the treatment tank allow the NanoNet™ flocs to efficiently rise (float) to the surface of the water, where they are then removed by a skimming device.
The air also helps naturally oxidize some of the iron.
NanoNet Fe™ is effective at both low and high volumes of throughputs of over 24 bbls/min.
NanoNet Fe™ can remove 30-150 PPM iron from produced water.
Depending on starting levels, final iron content is typically between 0-10 PPM total iron (including DISSOLVED iron, which is typically undetectable from a visual observation).
Post-treatment iron content levels are often less than 1 PPM.
On a “barrels of water” basis, a bbl of NanoNet Fe™ is required to treat 2,000 bbls of water.
On an iron content basis, we conservatively start at a 1:1 dosage based on iron levels. Field work suggests that this dosage rate can be optimized lower as treatment proceeds.
10 mins of contact time is ideal.
Field trials have shown that the resulting sludge is only 1% of the total water.
Only targeted species and the NanoNet™ products are fully removed from the water in the skimming process.
The watery sludge can be dewatered with a screw press and disposed in a landfill or saltwater disposal well (SWD).
The vast majority of treated water can then be recycled for use in subsequent hydraulic fracturing operations.