Nanocomposite membranes promise cost-reduction

Presented as one of the emerging technologies at the recent IDA financial conference in London, NanoH2O Inc is committed to developing a new generation of advanced membrane materials to greatly reduce the cost of desalinated water. Based on pioneering nanotechnology research at the University of California, Los Angeles, NanoH2O’s focus is on the synthesis of new materials for desalination and water reuse.

Having recently secured a US$ 5 million investment from Khosla Ventures, one the leading investors in the Cleantech arena, NanoH2O is accelerating commercialization of nanocomposite membranes developed during more than three years of fundamental research. The core promise of NanoH2O’s membrane technology is dramatically improving the baseline economics of desalination and water reuse without having to reinvest in a new technology platform or alter current operational techniques.

Nanocomposite membranes are conventional polyamide thin-film composite membranes that incorporate super-hydrophilic nanoparticles into the thin-film. By enhancing current polymer-based reverse osmosis (RO) membranes with nanostructured material, NanoH2O has demonstrated double the permeability and increased fouling resistance compared to today’s commercial RO membranes without sacrificing salt rejection. Such performance directly impacts desalination’s key cost drivers – energy consumption and capital expenditures. The company plans to pilot its membranes later this year.

For more information, contact:
Guillaume Clairet, Director Business Development
H2O Innovation, Poway, California
Tel: +1 858 679 2206
Email: [email protected]