MACarrier helps new GE MBR beat tough organics

A membrane bioreactor (MBR) with a carbon-based membrane accommodating carrier (MACarrier) designed to help industrial companies meet stringent water discharge requirements and enable greater water reuse was launched at the IFAT Entsorga 2014 exhibition on 5 May 2014 by GE.

Developed in GE’s China Technology Center as a solution for tough-to-treat water, MBR with MACarrier combines a highly efficient MACarrier with GE’s ZeeWeed 500D membranes. This integration enhances the removal of recalcitrant organics and toxicity and can achieve a chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction of more than 50% compared with an MBR without MACarrier.

The ability of the MACarrier to be biologically regenerated in the bioreactor cuts down on operational costs.

“Our new MBR with MACarrier provides a solution for treating wastewater that is high in COD, toxicity, BOD5, phenols and other contaminants,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems–water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. “We are proud of this new innovation that helps our industrial customers safely discharge and reuse their wastewater.”