We are redefining clean water

Sylvan Source (SSI) delivers breakthrough water treatment and thermal energy management technologies with fundamental advantages in energy efficiency, capital costs, production costs, and process efficiencies. Independent benchmarks confirm 40-50% lower CapEx and OpEx vs. next closest competitors in all industrial applications with a physical footprint less than 50% than the closest competitors.

Industrial-Municipal Systems

Sylvan Source, Inc. (SSI) is an industrial systems company with an innovative and flexible suite of technologies. It is applicable to a broad range of industrial applications with fundamental advantages in energy efficiency, capital costs, and production costs.

The SSI Core water treatment system is thermal-based, but it does not rely on conventional heat exchanger technologies. The physics of SSI's proprietary thermal transfer mechanisms are quite different. Independent benchmarks have confirmed dramatic CapEx and OpEx savings across multiple applications.

SSI’s systems can handle up to 200,000 ppm Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) with saturated volatile and non-volatile compounds such as hydrocarbons. In all benchmarks, SSI provided cleaner product water at a lower cost than any other technology. In one application, SSI’s pilot plant reduced 147,000 ppm TDS to less than 14 ppm TDS in a single pass.

SSI’s industrial technologies can also be applied to thermal energy recovery, transfer, and storage in many industrial plants. 

The Intellectual Property (IP) associated with SSI’s systems is substantial. SSI has 16 US and international patents granted with multiple patents pending worldwide for water treatment and for the thermal energy recovery and re-use systems. In addition, SSI has developed significant trade secrets and know-how that will be protected moving forward as we continue to work on new, breakthrough technologies.  

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Pilot Facility

SSI has operated a pilot facility at company headquarters since 2010. In 2012, SSI won the Technology Idol award at the Global Water Summit in Italy, based in large part on an independent benchmark for a seawater desalination application. Between 2012 and 2016 SSI participated in independent, comprehensive benchmarks for produced water treatment and power plant wastewater treatment applications. During this period, a wide range of contaminated feed waters were successfully tested at SSI including FGD wastewater from a coal-fired power plant, boiler clean-up wastewater, hydraulic fracturing flow-back wastewater, produced water from conventional wells, seawater, highly concentrated seawater and an environmental remediation application.  

Pilot Tests

In 2016, SSI deployed its first fielded pilot system to treat live wastewater streams at a California utility. 

Successful Pilot Test with Southern California Edison was completed in July 2018. Utilizing SSI Clean in Place (CIP), no pretreatment was required to treat cooling tower blowdown wastewater directly. Product water was 1-2 ppm TDS. Fundamental cost structure advantage confirmed.