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Gilabert-Oriol G.,Dow Water & Process Solutions | Hassan M.,Dow Water & Process Solutions | Dewisme J.,Dow Water & Process Solutions | Garcia-Molina V.,Dow Water & Process Solutions | Busch M.,Dow Water & Process Solutions
Desalination and Water Treatment | Year: 2015

This paper discusses the feasibility of using reverse osmosis concentrate to backwash ultrafiltration membranes in the seawater reverse osmosis desalination space. Brine is produced through DOW FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis elements and it backwashed every 90 min to DOW™ ultrafiltration membranes. A side-by-side validation is done for 15 d using two parallel ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis integrated systems. One line uses brine for backwashing, while the other uses conventional filtrated water. The optimization is proven to have the same cleaning efficiency than the conventional backwashing methods and no precipitation is observed in the fibers. An additional validation period that uses reverse osmosis brine during backwashes and only two backwash steps is also carried out successfully. These steps are the previously identified backwash top with air scour and forward flush. Fibers also show an excellent integrity after the whole experimental period. A model is built in order to analyze the backwash efficiency of the optimized conditions and the transmembrane pressure increases during the filtration cycle. The results show the same fouling tendency for the line operating with brine and the line operating with filtrated water. The efficiency of the ultrafiltration process is improved from 88 to 98% thanks to this optimization together with the previous researches. This represents filtrating 96 min extra per day and a reduction of 100% in the filtrated water used during backwashes. The chemical equivalent concentration is also optimized from 0.28 to 0.06 mg/L NaClO thanks to the adjustment of the chemically enhanced backwash frequency. This accounts for a 7.1% savings in the ultrafiltration step and for a 1.2% savings in the whole desalination process. © 2014 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.


Massons-Gassol G.,Rovira i Virgili University | Massons-Gassol G.,Dow Chemical Company | Gilabert-Oriol G.,Dow Chemical Company | Garcia-Valls R.,Rovira i Virgili University | And 3 more authors.
Desalination and Water Treatment | Year: 2016

This paper discusses the steps followed to establish an accelerated reverse osmosis membrane biofouling test protocol. Easily bioassimilable nutrients were dosed into water from the Ebro River which was fed into a membrane flat cell pilot plant. The membrane biofouling results were determined by measuring adenosine triphosphate and total organic carbon extracted from the exposed membrane and feed spacer. This strategy was chosen because the equipment does not have pressure drop measurement capability and the observed change in flux or salt rejection was not significant under the testing conditions. The duration of the experiment was set to 3 d to enable rapid screening of different membrane types, yet enable a smooth evolution of biofilm. This study determined that achieving a similar amount of biofouling in each of the three cells was very sensitive to the level of bioassimilable nutrients were dosed to the water. For the Ebro River water, 0.2 mg/L of carbon, 0.04 mg/L of nitrogen, and 0.02 mg/L of phosphorous was determined to provide the best result. © 2016 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Dow Water & Process Solutions
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research | Year: 2011

Nanofiltration (NF) is an attractive technology for potable and industrial water treatment because NF operates between ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. NF is designed to remove a high percentage of organic contaminants (humic acids, pesticides, color bodies) while passing a medium to high percentage of salt. Compared to UF membranes, the NF product water quality is significantly better; compared to comparable RO treatment systems NF systems require lower operating pressures. Due to these features, NF is increasingly used in a broad range of water treatment applications. The general applications include softening, as well as color, organics and micro-organism removal. DOW FILMTEC NF270-400 is one the most frequently used elements in water treatment and this paper presents examples of three recent NF270-400 installations in Europe. The first two plants, Eupen and Stembert, are located in Belgium and produce potable water from surface water. The third one is a Scandinavian plant which purifies groundwater for a brewery and soft drink production. The presented operation results prove NF to be a highly competitive technique for low cost water treatment.

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