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H2nanO Completes First Stage of COSIA Demonstration Project

L-R: Zac Young, Co-Founder of H2nanO, and research assistants Mary Gopanchuk, Daniel Harrold, and Sean McLay discuss a recent treatment trial of a new formulation of H2nanO’s advanced oxidation nanomaterial, from synthesis to industrial wastewater trial. Photo: WaterTAP/Nick Spector

H2nanO Inc., an early-stage company from Kitchener, Ontario, has recently completed a demonstration project with member companies in the Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to treat oil sands process-affected water.

H2nanO’s water treatment technology, developed in partnership with the University of Waterloo, enables passive, solar remediation of persistent organics found in water used in surface mining. Five major oil sands companies are working with H2nanO to assess the viability of its technology to treat oil sands process-affected water.

The key outcome of the project was that H2nanO demonstrated a reusable, passive solar treatment of process-affected water. Working with surface mining operators, H2nanO was able to successfully treat presistent organic compounds in the impacted water and the reduce aqautic toxicity on standard assays. Furthermore, the project demonstrated successful remediation without the use of additive chemicals or absorbents, showing potential to integrate into and accelerate water reclamation. H2nanO was invited to share the results of this demonstration at the recent Oil Sands Innovation Summit.

This demonstration project is the first phase of a staged evaluation process for surface mining operators to consider H2nanO’s tools for water reclamation. Based on the success of the pilot as a first evaluation of the technology, H2nanO aims to continue expanding the scope and scale of demonstrations both for oil sands operators and beyond where passive, scalable water reclamation is a challenge.

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