Frack-Water Recycling Advancement Continues With "Ice That Burns"
From the Dallas Business Journal:
But researchers have found another way to desalinate that uses gas hydrates, which break down saltwater and leave fresh water. Historically, the problem has been that these gas hydrates have to be kept at a chilly 28 degrees Fahrenheit, which is cost prohibitive, according to ACS.
Researchers Yongkoo Seol and Jong-Ho Cha have developed a new gas that includes water, carbon dioxide and cyclopentane and cyclohexane that removed 90 percent of salt and, in the biggest breakthrough, it does it at room temperature. It’s a type of “ice that burns” that’s similar to the naturally occurring methane clathrate that’s forms under pressure deep under the ocean. The crystallized gas burns when it’s pulled out of water and comes in contact with oxygen.
The process is still in the laboratory stage but has the potential to make the recycling process more energy efficient, according to ACS.