Market and Applications

Markets and Applications

CeraMem® ceramic membranes are especially suitable for microfiltration (MF) and ultrafiltration (UF) industrial applications in harsh operating environments.

Below are commercially installed, operating, and proven processes in a variety of applications worldwide.

Oilfield Produced Water

ROSS™ Produced water treatment system for water flood application

ROSS™ Produced water treatment system for water flood application

ROSS™ Technology: Suitable for a Variety of Oilfield Production Methods

The ROSS™ System is an innovative approach to produced water treatment. This system combines softening, oil & grease removal, as well as removal of suspended solids and scale formers in a compact, modular design.

With successful installations for a variety of enhanced or unconventional recovery methods, this technology is an effective and reliable solution for produced water treatment and reuse.

Industrial Laundry: Water Treatment for Reuse

Suitable for heavy and light laundry applications

Designed specifically for industrial laundry applications the system is effective in removing oil & grease, grit, and other solids while producing clean water for reuse.This system addresses surcharges for water usage and disposal costs from Public Owned Treatment Works (POTW) as well as conservation in water scarce environments.

The system is pre-engineered and scalable/expandable to accept capacities ranging from 50 gpm (11.4 m³/h) tp 250 gpm (56.8 m³/h). It is specifically effective in heavy laundry applications that are characterized by heavy oils, greases, and dirt.

Metal Finishing: Alkaline Recovery Systems

Veolia Water Technologies has developed an Alkaline Recovery System to recycle cleaning fluids. It is a sustainable alternative to off-site disposal with sizable savings advantages.

CeraMem® ceramic membranes are ideal for this application due to tolerance of high operating temperatures, aggressive cleaning regimens, and resistance to high pH levels typical of the spent cleaner.

Packaged in a modular, pre-engineered system, this proven process provides the following benefits:

  • 95% Caustic cleaner recovery for reuse
  • Considerable chemical makeup reduction
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • 20x Less waste sludge and associated disposal costs
  • Automated, pre-engineered system with minimal installation and commissioning
  • Flexible lease and rental options
  • Operation and service agreements

Learn more about a system operating in the United States.

Metal Finishing: Advanced Heavy Metals Removal

Metals Removal System at a Continuous Annealing Line (CAL) in the United States

Metals Removal System at a Continuous Annealing Line (CAL) in the United States

Residual metals from coating processes and uncoated steel surfaces, combined with oils from uncoated steel surfaces, find their way into process wastewaters.

The Advanced Heavy Metals Removal System, using CeraMem ceramic membranes, offers a complete, highly integrated wastewater treatment plant for metal finishing.  It is a pre-engineered, fully automatic process that recovers water for reuse or discharge while minimizing waste volumes.

It is a simple, effective, and robust process that provides combined solids, metals, and oil & grease removal from wastewater. Conventional methods to remove these constituents rely on gravity and traditional separation approaches that may not achieve the removal efficiency required for water discharge limits or reuse.

Berkefeld® M Series Mobile Drinking Water System

The Berkefeld® M6 Series mobile drinking water system utilizes CeraMem® ceramic membranes

The Berkefeld® M6 Series mobile drinking water system utilizes CeraMem® ceramic membranes

The "Berkefeld M" Series is a new range of mobile drinking water plants especially developed for military and humanitarian operations. These systems work with a unique, fully-automated and flexible filtration process ensuring reliable operation and high overall performance.

CeraMem® UF technology removes solids, viruses and germs as a critical component of a process train that includes pre-treatment, inline-flocculation, RO, UV and a disinfection system.

These systems have a range of capacities from 1-12 m3/h of drinking water and can treat raw water from well water. surface water, brackish sources, and even some sea water.

Overall Application Experience

Oils

De-oiling and silica removal of oilfield produced water, desalter bottoms deoiling, oily-water emulsions, edible oils, waste oil treatment

Water and Wastewater

Industrial effluent membrane bioreactors (MBR), industrial laundry effluent, removal of heavy metals and hadness, alkaline cleaner recovery, precipitated metals removal (hydroxide, sulfide, etc.), TSS and O&G removal for reuse of process water, cutting oil emulsion treatment, rolling mill emulsion treatment, etch solution recycle

Chemicals

Solvents, latex dispersions, glycerin purification, paints

Food & Beverage* 

Sugars, starches, milk, whey, yeasts, juices