Berghof Membranes at International Conference on Membranes in Drinking and Industrial Water Production

From 6th till 8th February the eighth conference on Membranes in Drinking and Industrial Water Production (MDIW) took place in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. This event was hosted by the European Desalination Society (EDS) and Wetsus (centre of excellence for sustainable water technology).

The conference gives an overview of the most recent developments in membrane technology and membrane processes. During the MDIW a connection was made between scientists, engineers, operators, government departments, consulting firms and managers from the (waste)water industry.

Berghof Membranes is a leading membrane supplier with a strong focus on innovation and R&D and therefore was asked to present about commerlization of innovative membrane solutions.

Our new Head of Technology -Piotr Dlugolecki, PhD- gave a presentation about bringing innovations to the water market. The first part of the presentation was focused on engineering innovations such as the fully adaptable “Biopulse” system. This innovative product, which is already proven in the field was very well received by the audience. The Biopulse system shows that smart technologies can support wastewater plant operators and increase their efficiency. This self-regulating membrane system automatically adapts to changing wastewater conditions with the aim to operate at the lowest possible velocity, as result end-users save on their operational costs.

The second part of the presentation was focused on development of tubular forward osmosis (FO) membranes in partnership with Aquaporin Asia. Piotr Dlugolecki explained that, besides demand driven innovations, Berghof Membranes is focusing on a - technology push innovation. By developing tubular FO membranes the company is creating solutions to a demand that the market is yet unaware of. As a result of doing this, Berghof Membranes distinguish itself from competitors. The FO modules are already produced at pilot scale and initial test results are very promising. The next step in this development is to define sweet spots and applications for this highly innovative membrane technology.







Aquaporin Asia Pte. Ltd. and Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH announce game changing innovation during SIWW

Singapore, - Aquaporin Asia Pte. Ltd. (Aquaporin Asia) and Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH (Berghof Membranes) announce the joint development of a tubular based Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology during the Singapore International Water Week.

Both companies have a rich history in treating industrial process streams and wastewater. A combined passion for innovation is what binds the companies. Aquaporin and Berghof Membranes both have an office in Singapore to support customers in the Asia-Pacific region. Their local presence and an ongoing forward osmosis R&D project with funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation and administered by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) makes the Singapore International Water Week an excellent platform to share this revolutionary news.

Unique selling proposition

The ultimate goal of the partners is to increase the profitability of end-users by lowering the costs of industrial water treatment. Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes aim to utilize the inherent low-fouling properties of the tubular membrane geometry to develop forward osmosis modules. Currently, high-fouling wastewater streams are treated at high costs for technology end-users; with this innovation Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes believe that they can provide the best solution for sustainable industrial growth. 

Pioneering Partnership

The successful partnership started when Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes decided to initiate an R&D collaboration two years ago. Since then, the partners teamed closely to develop forward osmosis tubular modules with superior performance. 

 Starting November 3rd 2014, Aquaporin Asia commenced a 3-year R&D project (1301-IRIS-02) titled: "Aquaporin based biomimetic forward osmosis membranes: from lab scale production of membranes to pilot production and industrial test bedding of membrane modules". The 2.5 million $ SGD research grant is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation under its Environment & Water Research Programme and administered by PUB. The end goal of the project is to demonstrate the cost saving potential of the Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology through industrial test bedding, which involves collaborations with numerous external industrial players, including Berghof Membranes.

More information
If you want to know more about the Forward Osmosis technology please visit the website of our R&D partner Aquaporin.