Boost for ceramic membrane based water treatment

Yasushi Nakamura, President and CEO of METAWATER Co., Ltd, and Joke Cuperus, CEO of PWN and PWNT (interim), sign-off for closer collaborations 

Dutch advanced water treatment specialist PWNT, wholly owned by Dutch water utility PWN, and Japanese ceramic membrane specialist METAWATER have signed an agreement to deepen existing collaborations to promote the development and use of ceramic membrane based water treatment technologies.

Joke Cuperus, CEO of PWN and interim CEO of PWNT, said, “PWNT believes strongly in the use of ceramic membrane technologies for the future of water treatment and is confident that our deeper collaboration with METAWATER will bring benefits to more consumers and the environment by delivering clean drinking water sustainably.”

Yasushi Nakamura, CEO of METAWATER, said, “METAWATER believes that this agreement is a result based on our long relationship of trust. Even if it takes a little time, we will continue to challenge the creation of a new business formation. I am confident our collaboration will achieve our great success.”

Successful collaboration

The two companies have already collaborated successfully together on CeraMac® plants for PWN´s Andijk III plant, PUB’s Choa Chu Kang Waterworks in Singapore, South West Water’s Mayflower plant in the United Kingdom, and ewl energie wasser luzern’s Sonnenberg plant, Switzerland. Building on these successful case studies, PWNT and METAWATER have signed an agreement for wider collaboration in the field of water technology development, and a specific focus to develop a ceramic membrane plant project jointly in the United States of America.

Ceramic membranes

Ceramic-membrane based systems developed by PWNT known as CeraMac® have the advantages of having a long lifetime at high reliability of more than 20 years, very small footprints, very low lifecycle costs, high productivity at more than 97 per cent and low environmental impact. METWATER’s ceramic membranes offer the benefits of being highly robust, allowing the use of strong chemicals and backwash rates to prevent fouling, and have been proven to be in continuous usage for more than 20 years without breakage, with the potential for an indefinite lifespan.