EKR Technology Testing Success

EKS, Inc. has completed a series of successful tests of EKR technology demonstrating the potential of EKR to treat oil sands tailings. Our ongoing testing program is designed to support our research and showcase that EKR is an effective strategy on a commercial scale.

Reports

EKS Process Optimisation Testing: Status Report

EKS Process Optimisation Testing: Overview of Research Design

EKS Process Optimisation Program FAQ – May 2017

EKS Technology Development Program Status Report to COSIA

EKS Presentation to Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Bench Scale Laboratory Testing

Before Bench Scale Laboratory Testing

Before Bench Scale Laboratory Testing

After Bench

After Bench Scale Laboratory Testing

Small scale tests demonstrated that EKR can effectively recover significant quantities of water from tailings and compact solids into an impermeable material that exceeds regulatory standards.

Medium Scale Testing

Before Treatment Begins

Before Treatment Begins

After Treatment is Completed

After Treatment is Completed

In tests of up to one cubic meter, EKS demonstrated the EKR technology works on a larger scale. Another encouraging result was the power costs from this scale testing environment confirm that EKS has developed a technology that can be cost effective for large scale treatment.

5 Meter Spacing Tests

5 Meter Testing Laboratory

5 Meter Testing Laboratory

5 Meter Compaction

5 Meter Compaction

AnodeAfterTest

To demonstrate scale up potential, EKS built a test call with five meter spacing between electrodes. The test proved that wide spacing is feasible while also providing valuable detail on water recovery and geotechnical characteristics of solids.