Taber Honored for Patent, July 6, 2005

by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., July 6, 2005 – Joseph J. Taber, director emeritus of New Mexico Tech’s Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC), recently was honored at an afternoon get-together at the PRRC in recognition of his having been granted a U.S. patent last month for a novel method he developed of converting feedwater into freshwater. The patented method, which utilizes existing reverse osmosis technology, has the capacity to economically convert salty or brackish water to fresh water by using water pressures and high-flow rates typically found in oil-field operations such as the injection of water for enhanced oil recovery. Taber’s patent will be administered and marketed worldwide by the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation.