Applications of nanotechnology in (drinking) water treatment will possibly lead to revolutionary new applications (breakthrough technology), energy and chemical savings, reduced residual streams and fewer operational problems (e.g., membrane fouling).
In this project we test the performances of new nanotechnology-based membranes. KWR does not itself develop membranes: the project uses new commercial nanotechnology membranes and nanotechnology membranes developed by universities and/or knowledge institutes (partners in the Nanopur consortium). The objective is to determine the technical and economic performances of new nanotechnology-based (micro- and ultrafiltration) membranes in the removal of pathogens and organic micropollutants in drinking water treatment. We work on the basis of a go/no-go decision point for each of the research projects on nanotechnology membranes, in light of the basic performance data.
Laboratory scale performance tests
Performance tests are carried out by KWR (and other partners) on a laboratory scale. For the successful products, we then extrapolate the tests to full-scale conditions, using scaling-up models to test the feasibility of the new nanotechnology membranes. At a later stage of the Nanopur project, we will possibly test membranes on a pilot scale at end-users.
Performance of new nanotechnology membranes
The project’s deliverables are:
- An evaluation of the performance of new nanotechnology membranes in the removal of pathogens and organic micropollutants in drinking water treatment.
- A scaling-up of laboratory results to full-scale for successful products, using an existing model.
- An evaluation of the costs and economic feasibility of the successful tested membranes (including a go/no-go decision point for the tested membranes).
- A report or publication on the performance of the new nanotechnology membranes.