Slimline MBR is first product from LG Electronics

Only two months after announcing it was entering the water membrane business, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its first wastewater treatment solution, a membrane bioreactor, on 25 November 2010.

The Green Membrane Bioreactor (G-MBR) process signals LG’s long-term plan to be a major player in the water treatment industry, says the company.

By employing LG’s slim flat-type microfiltration membrane modules and optimizing the space in between, LG’s membrane bioreactor — the main component of the G-MBR process – – requires 34% less space than conventional MBRs, says the company, making it more efficient and easier to install.

Advanced debris screening technology makes the membranes used in G-MBR highly resistant to contamination and fouling. This ensures a longer lifespan while still delivering significant savings in maintenance costs.

LG claims that G-MBR`s phosphorus removal system is almost twice as effective as similarly-sized systems in removing phosphorus residue from wastewater. Removing phosphorus from treated water is important for prevention of eutrophication in lakes, ponds and other bodies of water.

“The lack of clean water is a major cause of hunger, disease and poverty throughout the developing world,” said Young-ha Lee, president and CEO of LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. “And the problem will only get worse if the warnings about climate change turn out to be accurate. With G-MBR, LG has taken a huge step in making affordable clean water a reality for millions of people around the world.”