Osmotic Power Development



Osmotic Power Development research can help New Mexico realize its energy development potential in a sustainable manner and increase the efficiency of hydraulic fracturing, a primary extractive technology in the New Mexico energy economy.

This five-year project to identify and develop technologies specific to the renewable energy resources of New Mexico is sponsored by the New Mexico Expiremental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM-EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant supports collaborative research between faculty and students at New Mexico Tech, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, and Los Alamos National Lab.

The goal of the Osmotic Power Development Team is to investigate issues related to membrane properties and fouling that prevent osmotic pressure systems from becoming commercially viable sources of power. Key deliverables include testing critical instrumentation components, including the membrane osmometer, pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) system, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDS).

Contact: Kelsy Waggaman, Osmotic Power Research Assistant, kwaggama@nmt.edu