Water Treatment

Eldorado Biofuels specializes in industrial waste water treatment solutions; particularly in the treatment of water  produced as a by-product by the oil and gas industry.

The disposal of such waste water causes a complex problem for the oil and gas industry and generates significant expenses. Currently water is usually disposed of by re-injecting it into Salt Water Disposals (SWDs) or by evaporation at specially permitted evaporative facilities. The physical and chemical properties of industrial waste water vary considerable depending on where the water was produced. Major constituents of concern are salinity, oil and grease, inorganic and organic compounds.

Eldorado Biofuels can save oil and gas producers large amounts of money by treating their water and preparing it for beneficial use. We understand the vast variety of industrial waste water constituents. After detailed analysis, Eldorado Biofuels specifies a custom water treatment process which will produce the required water quality for a particular planned end use. Eldorado Biofuels in cooperation with a number of commercial partners and government agencies has developed leading technologies for the treatment of industrial waste water. Our unique water treatment solutions remove unwanted toxins while preserving wanted constituents. The goal is to recycle treated industrial waste water for applications, such as algae cultivation, certain mining applications and enhanced oil recovery; thereby conserving valuable fresh water.

Algae Cultivation

Algae as a biofuel feedstock holds the promise of delivering over 5000 gal/acre/year of biodiesel compared to soy beans, currently used for biodiesel production, which only produce up to 200 gal/acre/year.

In order to grow algae commercially large amounts of land, sunshine, CO2, nutrients and water are needed. Water is typically the most difficult to provide ingredient in this equation. Eldorado Biofuels model is based on the abundance of industrial waste water in the oil and gas fields of the southwest.  This water is rich in nutrients, necessary for efficient algae growth. Beside the water preparation we have carefully selected and cultivated algae strains that thrive in this particular environment, hence being an efficient biofuel feedstock.

Eldorado Biofuels’ model is being continually improved to achieve as close to 100% industrial re-use of all ingoing materials as possible. Our proprietary cultivation process recycles water and essential nutrients from local industrial waste streams, setting higher industry standards towards providing sustainable clean energy and achieving energy independence.

Biofuel Production

Algae is harvested through centrifugal dewatering. Lipids are then extracted out of the algal biomass. This process produced high-quality algal oil, which is then refined into Algae FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) or Biodiesel. Our biofuels are innovative, environmentally friendly, low carbon and sustainable, while having a beneficial effect on the environment, including consuming unwanted greenhouse gases.

Our approach is highly flexible, efficient, cost effective, eco-friendly, and scalable. At Eldorado Biofuels the concept of efficiency is applied beyond production and processing of biofuels and energy, it also extends to the location of our production facilities. The modular design of our technologies allows us to bring our systems to locations where the ingredients for our processes are vastly available. Instead of having to transport water, CO2, and other necessary nutrients to a central processing site we are taking the processing to where the supplies are. This allows for reduction of transportation costs and related transportation energy consumption. Our systems are also easily scalable, so that we can install the right system with at the right size for any given application.

Eldorado Biofuels is constructing a Demonstration Facility in Jal, New Mexioc. Jal is located in the south east corner of New Mexico, an area identified as one of the preferred locations for outdoor algae growth by the Department of Energy, due to its specific climate conditions (>2800 hour annual sunshine, >55F annual average temp., >200 freeze-free days).

Eldorado Biofuels in concert with our partners at the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) is demonstrating the viability of using produced water for algae cultivation.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you by developing solutions for your business.