Impact of Membranes on Industrial Wastewater Reuse
Oasys’ next-generation technology combines advancements in membrane performance, system architecture, and controls for an exponential improvement in capabilities and performance.
Oasys Water, the world leader in advanced membrane-based solutions to transform industrial wastewater into valuable freshwater resources, announced a major advancement in its ClearFloTM technology platform. The Oasys ClearFlo MBCx is the result of more than two years of groundbreaking R&D in membrane and system design. Together, they provide a significant expansion in the range of applications and solution performance that Oasys' award-winning technology provides.
The ClearFlo MBCx platform dramatically extends the capabilities of the company's flagship forward osmosis (FO) based system by increasing system flux by more than 100%, while integrating a sophisticated controls capability to provide far greater system flexibility and performance, to aggressively driving down system life cycle costs.
The MBCx makes high recovery brine concentration and ZLD viable for new applications, such as extending fresh water production from seawater desalination plants where intake expansion is not feasible or where environmental pressures on brine discharge are growing.
In Oasys’ current applications, the MBCx greatly expands the economic value to customers. For example, in the Oil & Gas industry where the total cost to treat produced water applications can now be reduced below $2 per barrel, which is competitive with transport and injection well disposal in most cases, the MBCx expands opportunities in this market just as Oil & Gas begins a long awaited recovery.
“Oasys has changed the water treatment game yet again.” said CEO Jim Matheson. “The MBCx represents the largest leap forward for Oasys’ award winning technology in our eight year history. The MBCx is the result of an intense and comprehensive two year R&D effort leveraging significant learning from our early commercial system operations and dedicated pilot efforts. This latest wave of innovation has allowed us to break the back of many of the previous limits facing membranes for industrial wastewater applications; both for FO and RO based systems. It is allowing Oasys to expand from providing the world’s leading FO membrane brine concentration systems to supporting our customers and partners with the best membrane-based solutions to treat a wider spectrum of the world’s most difficult waters.”
In addition to extending the performance envelope for high salinity brine concentration, Oasys has adapted the MBCx to handle high recovery, water reuse for wastewater streams in the brackish water range of 5,000 – 25,000 mg/L of total dissolved solids (TDS).
MBCx systems optimized for brackish streams provide recovery of 90% or greater from sources such as cooling tower blowdown, food and beverage production wastewaters, electronics wastewaters, and other sources, which until now have been limited to treatment with high pressure RO at recovery levels of 70% or less.
The MBCx dramatically reduces wastewater volumes for discharge to evaporation ponds, to publicly operated treatment works (POTWs), or for final treatment in zero liquid discharge (ZLD) scenarios.
Oasys will begin delivering MBCx systems to its partners and customers starting in early 2017 following completion of an active pilot testing program across a variety of wastewaters and applications. The innovative MBCx platform arrives as Oasys continues to aggressively expand its commercial efforts beyond China and the Oil & Gas industry, where its technology was initially commercialized beginning in 2014.
Source: Business Wire