March 1, 2010
As part of Pakistan’s Clean Drinking Water for All (CDWA) initiative, approximately 6,000 water treatment plants will be built across the country.

German ultrafiltration technology to purify water in Pakistan

GREIFENBERG, Germany — As part of Pakistan’s Clean Drinking Water for All (CDWA) initiative, approximately 6,000 water treatment plants will be built across the country. The plants will use ultrafiltration to treat drinking water, process water, wastewater and seawater.

Siemens and KSB have been commissioned to build plants and fellow German company inge watertechnologies AG will supply the ultrafiltration modules to equip them.

The modules operate at a capacity of either 2,000 or 4,000 liters of water per hour, enabling a treatment plant to convert a total of approximately 50,000 m3 of water into clean drinking water each day.

Dow Venture Capital invests in water filtration technology

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Clean Filtration Technologies has concluded a first closing of $1.5 million in a new round of financing led by The Dow Chemical Company through its Venture Capital group. CFT’s Turboclone™ hydroclone system is a patented water filtration device designed to reduce total suspended solids (TSS) from difficult-to-filter water, producing a high-quality feed stream suitable for applications such as wastewater reuse, potable water processing, industrial processing and agricultural irrigation.

The system uses a non-consumable, proprietary metal membrane that is self cleaning and virtually maintenance free. It can also be used for pretreatment.

Commercial supplies of CFT Turboclone systems will be available in the second half of 2010 for customers in the USA and Mexico.

Membrane technology to serve winery market

EMERYVILLE, CA — Kantharos Process Water Systems, a company formed by two leading wine country firms, recently completed a study of New Logic Research’s VSEP vibrating membrane technology at the Kendall Jackson winery in Oakville, CA. Results showed a drastic reduction in the volume of water needed for process washing.

“By using innovative engineering and environmental practices we were able to design a fully integrated approach to water management and conservation,” said Hugh Linn, a principal with Kantharos.

As a result, New Logic and Kantharos have entered into a partnership that gives New Logic exclusive rights to winery applications in Northern California. In addition to the Kendall Jackson installation, numerous other winery projects are currently in development.

GE Water to develop membrane production facility in Minnesota

MINNETONKA, MN — GE is creating a world-class “Center of Excellence” (COE) for manufacturing reverse osmosis, nanofiltration and ultrafiltration spiral-wound membranes in its Minnetonka, MN, facility. The Minnetonka COE will integrate, under one roof, technology development, manufacturing capacity and quality control for membrane production.

GE is expanding and upgrading equipment in the plant to meet customer demands for improved overall membrane quality and reduced manufacturing costs. The automated, streamlined facility is expected to allow the company to sharpen its competitive focus and increase overall efficiency.

Last year, GE relocated its element auto-winder from Watertown, MA, to the Minnesota facility and plans to relocate and integrate the dairy and industrial process membrane capabilities of its Vista, CA, operations there as well.

LANXESS invests in membrane filtration technology with new German plant

BITTERFELD, Germany — At its new site in Bitterfeld, Germany, LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art plant for the development and production of water treatment membranes.

The company is investing a total of around EUR 30 million in the project and expects to create 200 new jobs at the Bitterfeld site. LANXESS expects the investment to result in expansion of its strategic water business, which already includes Lewatit ion exchange resins, adsorbers and functional polymers.

The new plant is expected to come online towards the end of the year, with the first products being launched in 2011.

DOW membrane module awarded Title 22 water recycling/reuse certification

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The DOW™ Ultrafiltration SFP-2880 module has been certified as an acceptable filtration technology in compliance with the California Water Recycling Criteria (California Code of Regulations, Title 22). Title 22 recognizes membrane filtration as an acceptable filtration technology provided prescribed performance requirements are reliably met. Performance criteria through testing must demonstrate the filtered wastewater not exceed 0.2 Nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) more than five percent of the time within a 24-hour period and 0.5 NTU at any time.

“Receiving this certification from the State of California for our highest productivity pressurized ultrafiltration element reaffirms Dow’s commitment to sustainability,” said Fabrien Creus, strategic marketing manager for Dow Water & Process Solutions. “Water scarcity and quality are two significant issues facing our world today, and we’re pleased that our high-quality ultrafiltration technology is setting the standard around recycled water.”

Toray to supply RO membranes for two desalination plants

CHUO-KU, Tokyo — Toray Industries will supply reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for desalination plants in Bahrain and Spain. The combined water production capacity of the two plants will be 316,600 cubic meters per day (84 MGD).

The Al Dur Desalination Plant in Bahrain is an RO membrane-based seawater desalination plant being developed as part of the Al-Dur Independent Water and Power Producer project (power generation capacity of 1,234 MW). It will produce 218,000 cubic meters per day (58 MGD) and is expected to start up in 2011.

The Campo de Dalías Desalination Plant is a large-scale RO membrane-based desalination plant located in Almeria, southern Spain. It will product 98,600 cubic meters per day (26 MGD) and is expected to start up in 2010.

Bringing membrane technology to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — ACWA Holding, Toyobo Co., Ltd. and ITOCHU Corporation have established a new company to manufacture reverse osmosis membrane elements for seawater desalination in Saudi Arabia.

The Arabian Japanese Membrane Company will be the first membrane manufacturing facility in the Middle East and North Africa region. It will manufacture RO membrane elements for seawater desalination using hollow fiber technology.

The facility will be located in the Rabigh technical Park in western Saudi Arabia, north of Jeddah on the Red Sea. The membranes manufactured here will supply potable water to Saudi Arabia.

Production is scheduled to begin in March 2011.

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