The fracking has given the United States a real natural gas boom. Dallas, 30.10.2013. This procedure, a liquid is pressed through holes in the rock, is to produce cracks through which natural gas can be extracted from inaccessible deposits. But what electrifies the global energy industry, environmentalists see, however, critical: fracking would consume huge quantities of water, the liquid is pumped into the rock contained lots of toxic chemicals. General Electric wants to tackle now this problem with a technology, that the cost of water treatment is cut in half, more energy-efficient and reduces the risk of contamination. Because the question whether fracking will play a role for the energy supply in the future in the area, despite the impressive flow rates in the United States. This decisively depends how fracking can be used in an environmentally sound manner.
The procedure of General Electric to eliminate now diluting the effluent as well as transporting. Basis is the Desalination of sea water with the help of membrane distillation: water is heated at low pressure, steam, from which a membrane separating the pure water vapor is formed. He is cooled down in the desalination of sea water at the other end of the process again, so that liquid, not salty water is formed. General Electric has tested the new procedure in a pilot plant, which can prepare nearly 10,000 litres of water a day. At some sites, the wastewater from fracking is not too salty. In arid areas such as the Eagle Ford shale gas reserves in Texas, the procedure might be worth.
If this method works, that would make much out for the further development of the Frackings. It seems comprehensible, feverishly working on the topic. Finally, it involves a lot of money, the investors from the extraction of the fracking-gas by fracking oil promise. But also conventional methods of energy generation in the United States offer interesting alternatives for investors. There it is possible to speak directly to oil or Natural gas sources to participate in. Companies like AMTEX oil & gas Inc. have focused on, open this form of participation to German investors, so that they can participate in America’s energy boom.