Degremont chooses Dow for green reverse osmosis pilot

Suez Envionnement water treatment subsidiary, Degremont Technologies, has selected Dow Water and Process Solutions to supply ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membranes for a pilot desalination project in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with renewable energy company Masdar.

The 18-month project was launched by Masdar to test and develop energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies that can be supplied by renewable energy sources. The plant could be powered entirely by renewable energy.

Dow technologies included in the deal will be Filmtech Seamaxx, which the manufacturer claimed can reduce energy consumption in desalination by up to 10%, compared to rivals’ elements, and Filmtec Eco elements, which can use up to 30% less ienergy than competitors’ products Dow said.
Degremont chief executive officer, Remi Lantier, said,: “We are excited to partner with Dow on the Renewable Energy Seawater Desalination Programme. As a world leader in water treatment we take innovation to heart and Dow Water and Process Solutions consistently brings to market innovative reverse osmosis technologies.”

The programme will include a full-scale facility to be operational by 2020. It’s long- term objective is to implement the best performing technologies in desalination plants across the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The plant’s systems will be more energy efficient than those in current desalination facilities and will be suitable for the seawater and environmental conditions found throughout the UAE according to Dow.