Three join forces for next wave in wastewater reclamation technologies

Hydranautics/Nitto Denko and Mitsubishi Rayon Engineering (MRE) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Public Utility Board (PUB), the Singaporean water administration branch, for a joint development of wastewater reclamation technologies using separation membranes. The new triad formed by the MOU will provide MBR technology for treating activated sludge as well as RO membrane technology for a future large-scale water reclamation facility to be constructed in Singapore...

OCEANSIDE, CA, Feb. 25, 2008 -- Hydranautics/Nitto Denko Corporation and Mitsubishi Rayon Engineering Co. Ltd (MRE) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Public Utility Board (PUB), the Singaporean water administration branch, for a joint development of wastewater reclamation technologies using separation membranes.

In 2000, as part of NEWater initiatives to make the island nation become more self-sufficient, PUB entered into a demonstration plant project aimed at establishing a wastewater reclamation technology (NEWater Project) using separation membranes. Hydranautics has a very strong presence in Singapore's NEWater efforts, contributing Hydranautics low-fouling RO membrane elements developed by Hydranautics/Nitto Denko for wastewater reclamation. Currently 80% or more of NEWater generated by PUB -- well over 1 million bottles (16.9 oz) each per day -- is produced using Hydranautics' RO membranes.

MRE's MBR-based test plant at Bedok Sewage Treatment Works in Singapore has cemented MRE's solid PUB presence in microfiltration membrane (MF) performance. With numerous large scale MBR references around the world, MRE was a favored PUB MBR candidate for this joint Memorandum of Understanding.

In June of 2007, Hydranautics/Nitto Denko and MRE established a R&D technology joint venture -- Kathyd Technology LLC. This new Hydranautics/Nitto Denko-MRE-PUB triad, formed by the Feb. 2008 MOU, will provide membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology for treating activated sludge as well as reverse osmosis (RO) membrane technology for a future large-scale water reclamation facility to be constructed in Singapore. At the same time, the three companies will embark on the development of a technology offering superior economics for the maintenance, operation and administration of these membrane separation systems.

Hydranautics and parent company Nitto Denko are leaders in membrane development with a focus on unique surface coatings.

###

More in Technologies