NEUMAN & ESSER partners with SurfCleaner to boost water treatment

Global provider for integrated plant engineering solutions NEUMAN & ESSER has formed a partnership with Swedish tech developer SurfCleaner, to boost water treatment and sustainability across global industries.

Following a new distribution agreement, the firm will now integrate SurfCleaner’s reportedly world’s first water skimmer-separator hybrid technology into its product portfolio.

NEUMAN & ESSER partners with SurfCleaner to boost water treatment and sustainability across global industries (Image: NEUMAN & ESSER)

The principle behind SurfCleaner’s technology was developed by clinical physiologist Dr Stig Lundbäck following his discovery of the human heart’s Dynamic Adaptive Piston Pump (DAPP) functionality. This technology is capable of separation, removal and recovery of floating water contaminants.

“This kickstarted the thinking process that SurfCleaner could support NEUMAN & ESSER’s new sustainability strategy,” said Jens Wulff, managing director NEUMAN & ESSER, Germany. “SurfCleaner’s super smart technology allows us to recapture water resources across many project sites, which would otherwise be hard to use and require transporting for complicated treatment.”

According to him, refineries and chemical plants around the world as well as at hydrogen production sites use NEUMAN & ESSER’s equipment. The company is also delivering ‘ecological audits’ for industrial plants to address energy consumption and water quality. He added that SurfCleaner’s technology provides a more ‘holistic’ view to help industry boost sustainability.  

The water treatment technology will also support NEUMAN & ESSER work in the renewable energy sector, which includes the delivery of equipment for the production of green hydrogen. “Since the early 2000s we have been working in biomethane, increasing our exposure to ‘greener’ gases,” Wulff said. “In 2020 we acquired electrolyser competence, and we are now actively making equipment for green hydrogen production.”

He said that for every kilogram of hydrogen, it requires an input of around 15L of water —tap water quality. “With SurfCleaner, we now have the means in our portfolio to treat and reclaim water across industrial processes to become a feedstock for our electrolysers,” he added. “This is massive for regions where water is especially scarce and was another key element of our rationale to partner with SurfCleaner.”

SurfCleaner founder and CSO Christina Lundbäck said that the new partnership will help underpin both the energy transition and the circular economy. “SurfCleaner’s technology has the ability to revolutionise the water treatment process across global industries,” she said. “While it supports the reuse of water, it also enables the recovery of resources like oil, diesel and petrol for use in the circular economy, while reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC), CO2 and methane gas emissions.”

She also pointed out that through NEUMAN & ESSER, SurfCleaner will have “greater access to markets, through a network of production sites, sales and service centres worldwide”, which will help to unleash its technology further afield.

Both NEUMAN & ESSER and SurfCleaner will exhibit at the Petroleum Refining Congress from 13-15 May 2024 in Amsterdam, said to be Europe’s largest downstream event for refiners and petrochemical stakeholders.