How Membrane Microfiltration is Changing the Face of Industrial Water Treatment
The demand on our water resources for drinking supply, agriculture, industry, and a myriad of other pressures make this a moment on the precipice of a crisis. Thankfully, necessity spurs invention. Advances in membrane microfiltration are revolutionizing the way industrial water filtration is managed by reducing costs while improving effectiveness.
Innovations in Membrane Microfiltration
Industrial water use is a huge component of overall consumption. Membrane-based water technology is currently changing the face of industrial water filtration. With innovations for handling extreme pH and high temperatures, membrane microfiltration can be used in a growing range of wastewater applications. Membrane microfiltration removes unwanted particles that slip through other, more coarse systems like sand filters. A membrane, by definition, allows some particles to pass through while blocking others. The effluent, or “produced” water, that is discharged can be purified for safe re-use at the facility or other industrial applications.
While membrane technology has been around for 30 years, advancements in the last decade have significantly increased its applicability. Reduced energy requirements equate to lower overall operation costs. At the same time, demand for water purification has greatly increased. Using low energy reverse osmosis (RO) allows manufacturers to purify more water more efficiently, both in terms of time and expense. By recycling that water back into the industrial process, overhead costs are further reduced. This makes it an attractive option for project developers in both developed and developing countries alike.
Desalination also presents a potential boom. Places like Israel and Egypt have pioneered the use of desalination with membrane technology and already depend heavily on it. The global market for microfiltration membranes totaled $1.9 billion in 2015. Industry analysts project that the market will swell to $2.6 billion by 2020, a year-over-year growth rate of 6.7% per year. As the market continues to grow and additional innovations develop, costs will continue to be streamlined. The potential for continued growth looks bright for industries that make use of water filtration.
Tubular Membrane Filtration Systems
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