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.
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
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
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.