Desalination Plant to Put Breakthough Nanomaterials to the Test

By: | October 6th, 2013

IndustryTap has written several articles covering desalination, its history, recent large projects and new technological advances that are making it more economically viable in many parts of the world. Advances include Lockheed Martin’s use of nano material, Pefrorene, to more efficiently remove salt and impurities from seawater, the Sahara Forest Project that has raised money through Kickstarter and is attempting to turn deserts into habitable land and the huge investments in desalination that mean it is here to stay.

The measuring stick for a desalination membrane is whether or not it delivers “high flux, high salt rejection” and drinkable water.

Israel Embracing Desalination

NanoH2O, Inc. manufactures the most effective and cost efficient Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes for sea water desalinization. The company is teaming up with Israel’s Via Maris Desalination (VMD) to provide “high rejection” membranes for the expansion of Israel’s Palmachim Desalination Plant in Hadera, one of the 10 largest desalination plants in the world. The membranes are “Standard 61 certified” by NSF International.

VMD has three “trains,” an existing 36,000 m³ capacity seawater Reverse Osmosis (RO) and two additional trains that are projected to be complete by the end of 2013. The three trains will process 110,000 m³ of water per day or about 100 million m³ per year.

NanoH2O Setting A New Standard

NanoH2O notes:

NanoH2O has set a new standard for membrane productivity within the reverse osmosis desalination industry. Utilizing patent-pending thin-film nanocomposite membranes, NanoH2O’s spiral-wound elements and membrane flat sheet deliver the highest flux and energy efficiency when compared to the current installed base. Our extensive research and development in innovative technologies allow us to manufacture membrane materials that demonstrate increased permeability and/or increased salt rejection, fundamentally changing the economics of desalination.

Extensive Testing, Exceptional Performance

VMD tested NanoH2O’s QuantumFlux (Qfx) in small pilot projects and then for eight months in full-scale operation with better than ever results. This led to the new expansion and a huge contract for NanoH2O.

NanoH2O’s Success Leads to Expansion

NaonoH2O has only been in the membrane supply market for a couple years and already it has impressed a top desalination facility. The company designs, develops and manufactures its membranes. For case studies, visit NanoH2O.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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