Forward Osmosis expected to significantly reduce the use of energy in dewatering processes - ISPT
Forward Osmosis expected to significantly reduce the use of energy in dewatering processes On 9 July, at a progress meeting held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, the first pilot-plant tests of innovative forward osmosis membranes to concentrate diverse industrial feed streams were discussed between the project partners. The technology is expected to significantly reduce the use of energy in dewatering processes, which is of interest to the food and agricultural sectors. With the start of feasibility tests at pilot-plant scale, the project enters the important experimental test phase. The first results look promising, and in the year ahead, several more pilots will follow on food streams at AVEBE and Darling Ingredients and on manure at Wolbers Mesttechniek, with a view to potential large-scale FO-module production as of 2021. FOMM The FOMM project (Forward Osmosis: Membrane and Module development and process applications) was set up in 2016. Coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), the project brings together BLUE-tec B.V., developer of membrane systems, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), ZLTO (the Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation for the southern Netherlands), and four industrial players (Nutricia Research B.V., AVEBE U.A., Darling Ingredients and Wolbers Mesttechniek). The project has a multidisciplinary approach from molecule to process. Activities...
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