Aqua Membranes named ‘GWI Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year’

Aqua Membranes has been recognised by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) as the ‘Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year’ in the 2024 Global Water Awards. The company was selected for business growth combined with the positive impact its Printed Spacer Technology has on reverse osmosis (RO) treatment processes, including reduced energy consumption and fouling rates at installations from industrial wastewater treatment to desalination. 

Craig Beckman, CEO of Aqua Membranes. “After many years of hard work from the team, our vision for Printed Spacer Technology is coming to life. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to revolutionising RO, which is recognised globally as a highly effective treatment option for some of our most difficult water challenges.” 

Historically, RO membrane elements have required an huge amount of energy to operate. To address this challenge, Aqua Membranes technology replaces traditional mesh spacers with a 3D spacer design that optimises the flow of water through the membrane element. In side-by-side comparisons with conventional elements, Aqua Membranes elements demonstrate energy savings as high as 30%. Other environmental and operational benefits include increased water output and reduced scaling rates, which in turn reduces cleaning frequency.

Beckman added, “We are grateful for the support from our investors, and early adopters, that have helped make our growth possible. We were able to increase production tenfold last year and are excited to continue introducing our technology’s potential in the years to come.”

The award was presented at the Global Water Summit on 15 Apr 2024, in London, UK.  

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