Kemira collaboration seeks new desalination and reuse processes

Improved membrane desalination and wastewater reuse processes is the objective of a new research cooperation effort between global water chemicals company Kemira Oyj and the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The goal of the two-year project is to design a more efficient water production process with a higher recovery rate, lower energy consumption and less waste volume.

Kaj Jansson, vice president, R&D and technology, Kemira Oyj, explains: “Today, water production from used water is an energy and water intensive process. Kemira will develop together with Nanyang Technological University an improved used water reclamation process with higher recovery rates.”

Professor Tony Fane, director of SMTC, said, “As a leader in membrane technology research, SMTC is well placed to partner Kemira to develop novel water technologies that are not only efficient but also energy saving. These new technologies are expected to benefit countries like Singapore that are dependent on reclaimed and desalinated water sources.”