The Mechanical Engineering Department has been awarded another ARPA-E project from the Open + Energy-Water Technologies Cohort. The lead institution is Oregon State University, and MSU is a part of the proposing team. The title of the project is Freshwater Recovery System for Hydraulic Fracturing (FRESH-Frac) Using a Thermally-Actuated Nozzle-Demister. The total award amount is $2,972,000.
Andre Benard is the MSU PI, and James Klausner is also a part of the project working with Andre Benard. The focus of the project is to develop a new process to extract clean water, to be used for irrigation, from hydraulic fracturing wastewater using low-grade solar or industrial waste heat. The MSU research focus will be designing the novel multiphase heat exchangers needed for the process.