Based on its recent analysis of the wastewater treatment market for Canadian oil sands, Frost & Sullivan recognized Aquatech International Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., with the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Aquatech’s modular evaporator system, SmartMOD, treats produced water for recycle/reuse for boiler feedwater. This, in turn, will generate steam for the thermal processes used in oil extraction.

 The SmartMOD evaporator system is designed and engineered for modularity and is more compact than the conventional evaporator systems, according to Aquatech. The system can be fully operational in approximately six weeks from the system arriving onsite, says the company. The system reportedly uses less power, and its modular design and configuration provide more than 75 percent continuous distillate production.