The Membrane Opportunity:
RO membrane recycling has long been a core focus of our surplus division. For most RO operators, membrane replacement is the largest RO operating expense. Our used membranes provide significant savings, but to add even more value for our customers, we began researching ways to mitigate fouling and improve post-cleaning resilience
Patented Hydrophilic Coating:
Our research brought us to Professor Benny Freeman at the University of Texas at Austin who developed using polydopamine as a hydrophilic conformal coating on Ultra-Filtration membranes for Produced water. Our initial research found that the technology was transferrable across different types of membranes including Micro-, Ultra-, Nano-, and RO elements. We then secured an exclusive world-wide license to develop the coating for all membrane types.
Speak with our Design Engineering Team about the benefits of our Hydrophilic Coating in your system.
The RO Opportunity:
As we observed the performance improvements of the coated media in our tests we realized that we could modify the traditional RO design and develop a unique system that could leverage the benefits of the new coating. Our new goal became to design an RO system that protects or even extends the life of the RO elements, while reducing cleaning frequency and chemicals, energy consumption, and concentrate to waste.
Patented WaterPlus RO:
Tasked with modernizing the existing RO design paradigm, our team of engineers and researchers developed several alterations that would create improved operation and reduce fouling. These modifications leveraged the attributes of the improved surface chemistry of the membrane with active micro-disruptions of the concentration polarization cake layer. Further reducing fouling during normal operation. We have accomplished this in several innovative ways. The most notable include:
We understand that the capital expenditure cycle of RO system owners is relatively long and fixed. Therefore, we have developed a stage-gate process to accommodate the OPEX and CAPEX requirements of every organization. This also allows for a pilot period wherein our technology can be tested in any specific application with minimal initial cost.
Our application engineers are scheduling pilot programs now. Contact us to discuss the details of your water treatment program.