CERAFILTEC marks global expansion with four new MBR projects

Ceramic flat membrane (CFM) technology company CERAFILTEC has secured four membrane bioreactor (MBR) projects with a combined capacity of 13.7MLD in February and March 2024.

To satisfy the growing demand for membrane solutions across water and wastewater treatment applications as challenges like sludge clogging and fibre breakages can impact budgets and operations with MBR projects, the reliability, robustness, and cost-effectiveness of CERAFILTEC’s technology were said to be key factors in the decision to choose CERAFILTEC.

Located in Italy, Mexico, the UAE, and Africa, the projects range from a 250m³/d industrial MBR to a 10,000m³/d municipal MBR. All projects are on fast track and with immediate to short term shipment dates.

These projects involve replacing polymeric membranes — hollow fibre and flat sheet — with CERAFILTEC CFM technology and upgrading conventional systems to ceramic MBRs. This shift highlights the industry’s movement towards more reliable water treatment technologies, unlocking total cost of ownership benefits.

A key reason for choosing ceramic membranes over polymeric membranes in industrial MBRs is to overcome fibre breakages and operational challenges, specifically for water reuse. For municipal MBRs, the decision is driven by the lower total cost of ownership offered by the durable ceramic membranes along with ease of maintenance.

To all projects, the operational flexibility which ceramic flat membranes offer is an advantage. Their ability to be chemically cleaned without the typical limitations associated with polymeric membranes drives strong market appetite and value for the operators. This ensures a more efficient maintenance process and reliable operations — all positively impacting operational costs.

“The successful acquisition of these projects is a clear indicator of the global market’s growing appreciation for the advantages of ceramic flat membranes,” said CTO Kay Gunther Gabriel. “System integrators and end users are recognising the value of solutions that offer extended lifetimes and reduced maintenance, leading to a superior total cost of ownership.”

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