USA: Oasys Announces Advances in MBCx Platform Membrane Solutions for Industrial Wastewater Reuse
Oasys Water announced an advancement in its ClearFlow technology platform which extends the capabilities of the company's forward osmosis (FO) based system by increasing system flux by more than 100 %.
Boston/USA — According to the manufacturer, 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 the manufacturer’s current applications, the MBCx 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.
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.
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.”
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 the company continues to expand its commercial efforts beyond China and the Oil & Gas industry, where its technology was initially commercialized beginning in 2014.