Tuesday, September 7, 2010

No. 156: Ceramic water treatment film for seawater desalination (September 7, 2010)

Metawater, Japan’s leading company of water treatment, decided to enter the seawater desalination business in foreign countries by commercializing special water treatment films toward 2012 and market them in the Middle East. The film that the company tries to develop is made of ceramics and used in the pretreatment process to eliminate impurities like trash from seawater before dechlorination. The widespread film used in the seawater desalination plant is an organic film with refined wholes on the surface to filter salinity in seawater. It is possible to prevent clogging of the organic film by combining the existing organic film with the ceramic film that Metawater tries to develop for reduced running cost of a plant. In the spring of 2011, the company plans to operate a demonstration plant with a daily capacity of 400 tons that incorporates trial film and verify the ability to eliminate impurities for about one year. For the demonstration experiment, it gets the subsidy from the seawater desalination corporation in Saudi Arabia. By utilizing the data it obtains in the demonstration plant, it will commercialize the new film in the spring of 2012.
Related web page http://www.metawater.co.jp/eng/index.html

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