Second Isobarix ER unit installed in Mexico

Isobarix has installed its second commercial XPR energy-recovery unit for Memco Sistemas de Separacion SA de CV, who operate several seawater reverse-osmosis plants at resorts in Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Meanwhile, the company’s first commercial installation at Dong Energy Power AS in Denmark completed 1½ year continuous operation before the power-supplier decided to retrofit its second train with dramatically increased XPR performance.

For Memco, the time had also come to consider alternatives. One of its Energy Recovery Inc PX-180s operating at 175 GPM (11 L/s) had failed after about five years of operation. In a competitive environment, neither cost nor performance can be ignored, and the client’s choice of exchanging 200 lb (91 kg) of hardware with 30 lb (14 kg) of unrivaled XPR- 509SL performance did not need much convincing, reports Leif Hauge, president and CEO of Isobarix.

“We expected the new XPR technology from Isobarix to be quite competitive, but seeing the actual size of the unit and confirming the performance was quite stunning to our operators,” commented Memco operational manager Diego Pasadas about the company’s choice.

“The determination to spend upfront time on optimizing the XPR technology has been a good strategy for us, and we were able to achieve break-even sales in third-quarter 2012. We are now in a position to adequately outsource our manufacturing needs and provide deliveries from inventory within the first quarter of 2013 ” remarked Hauge.