PUB Singapore and MEIDEN SINGAPORE collaborate on first Ceramic Membrane MBR Demonstration Plant to treat and recycle industrial used water

Jul 16, 2012

PUB, Singapore’s national water agency and MEIDEN SINGAPORE (MSL) announced the signing of an agreement to establish the first Ceramic Membrane MBR Demonstration Plant in Singapore to treat and recycle industrial used water in a more energy-efficient and cost-effective manner.

MSL will also establish an R&D centre and assembly factory for ceramic membrane units in Singapore, as well as a facility for development, production and after-sales service in Asia. MSL will also be the regional Headquarter for water business in Asia.
The demonstration plant will be sited at the Jurong Water Reclamation Plant in Singapore and construction is expected to complete by August 2013. The one year demonstration study will focus on process optimization. The plant will be capable of treating one million gallon (i.e. 4,550 cubic meters) of industrial used water per day. The reclamation of high COD industrial used water has conventionally been considered difficult. This project aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of Meiden’s used water processing system by combining the use of the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) technology and Meiden’s Ceramic Membrane MBR system in achieving energy savings and a consistent high-quality output of recycled water. The use of UASB, a biological process, can remove COD efficiently while the Ceramic Membrane MBR, which has a longer lifespan than conventional membranes, can produce a stable water supply for recycling purposes. Together, they can potentially result in more energy and cost savings in the treatment of industrial used water.
This collaboration stems from an MOU signed in 2010, following which MSL has been conducting verification tests for the Ceramic Membrane MBR system in PUB’s Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant. Following satisfactory test results from this test-bedding project, MSL is taking the research one step further by collaborating with PUB to construct a demonstration plant to reclaim industrial used water for recycling purposes.
For this project, MSL will be supported under the TechPioneer scheme, which is administered by Singapore’s Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI). The scheme aims to commercialise new technologies by encouraging early adoption of these technologies by both the public and private sectors in their operations, and promoting environmental sustainability at the same time. The scheme helps local companies in Singapore to build a track record for these new technologies and expedite the commercialisation of such technologies in the environment and water sector.
Director of Cleantech at Singapore Economic Development Board, Mr Goh Chee Kiong commented, “We are pleased that Meidensha has partnered with Singapore to develop, demonstrate and manufacture its cutting edge membrane technology. This affirms Singapore’s position as a living laboratory where companies can conveniently develop, trial and commercialise sustainable solutions. Meidensha can also take advantage of Singapore’s vibrant water industry ecosystem in conducting business activities across the value chain.”

MOU between Yokohama City, Japan, PUB and Meidensha

Yokohama-city, JAPAN, PUB and Meidensha (parent company of MSL) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to collaborate on a used water treatment project using the anaerobic ammonium oxidizing process. Meidensha will build a pilot plant at the Changi Water Reclamation Plant in Singapore. This joint research looks into the removal of high-concentration nitrogen by an anaerobic treatment method using anaerobic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria.
Meidensha already has a pilot plant in Yokohama, Japan with Yokohama-City. Undertaking a similar research in Singapore allows Meidensha to better evaluate the system through a comparison of data collected from two sites with different conditions. Meiden will share the results obtained from these two plants, with an aim to improving and verifying the reliability of this treatment technology.
Meiden will feature these exhibits at Singapore International Water Week 2012 (SIWW 2012), which is held from 1st July to 5th July.

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