Osmoflo and CERAFILTEC Germany partner to expand advanced ceramic membrane solutions for water and wastewater treatment systems

Australian-based designer and fabricator of medical equipment Osmoflo and global supplier of advanced ceramic membranes CERAFILTEC Germany have announced their partnership agreement. This collaboration will leverage CERAFILTEC’s expertise as a technology provider of ceramic membrane solutions and Osmoflo’s sustainable water and wastewater management capabilities to enhance systems and provide treatment solutions.

The non-exclusive agreement will allow Osmoflo to incorporate CERAFILTEC’s advanced ceramic products into its water treatment processes and systems, across Australia and New Zealand. Osmoflo will work with end users and integrators to quantify the technology, as well as to promote and specify the CERAFILTEC technology in new build water, wastewater and desalination projects.

This partnership will deliver direct replacements and retrofits for existing polymeric membrane installations. The collaborative focus will centre around upgrades with ceramic membranes for membrane bioreactors (MBRs) and drinking water plants, as well as the treatment of tertiary water for reuse.

With this partnership, Osmoflo can provide customers with an alternative to the conventional polymeric membranes which come with limitations of lifespan, maintenance issues and environmental concerns.

CERAFILTEC’s ceramic membranes has the ability to increase plant capacities at reduced energy consumption — which is increasingly important as water infrastructure is decarbonised — in addition to the robust and flexible operating conditions that ceramic materials allow.

Recent investments in manufacturing capacity, and economies of scale driven by the global uptake of the technology, means that ceramic systems offer competitive capital costs, which when combined with the clear operating benefits — make them a choice for operators, end users and system integrators. The technology also offers longevity and reusability with its polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)- and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-free solution.

Scott Chalmers, Osmoflo general manager of strategic growth, said, “We look forward to providing drinking water plant upgrades, effluent recycling options and industrial water treatment solutions to our customers and clients using CERAFILTEC’s advanced ceramic membranes.”

CERAFILTEC chief growth officer Julius Gloeckner added that ceramic membranes have high tolerance to total suspended solids (TSS), oil, and temperature provides treatment options, even for challenging feed waters. “[Its] long lifespan ensures superior total cost of ownership for plant owners and operators,” he said.