GE Introduces New Ultrafiltration Membranes For Seawater Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment
- New ZeeWeed* 1000 and ZeeWeed 1500 Membranes Specially Designed for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment
- Reduced Footprint and More Efficient, Cost Effective Operation
GE recently announced new pressurized and submerged ultrafiltration (UF) membranes designed for pretreatment of feedwater for seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) systems. The new technology includes GE’s ZeeWeed* 1000 and ZeeWeed 1500 hollow-fiber membranes that provide a reduced plant footprint and lower installed cost versus previous generation ZeeWeed products. The new ZeeWeed seawater membranes offer a reduction in cost greater than 25 percent and a reduced footprint of 10 percent to 25 percent.
With fresh water scarcity a constant concern, desalination plants look for more efficient and lower cost options to purify water. Compared to conventional technologies, GE’s new pretreatment membranes decrease capital and operating costs with a reduced footprint, while improving performance through energy savings and increased SWRO membrane life.
“GE offers a wide range of products for the desalination industry, and these new technological advancements to our ZeeWeed family work in tandem to maintain a highly efficient water treatment process,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.
GE’s UF products are designed in such a way to work with other components in a SWRO facility for a more efficient co-working unit. In addition, the new ZeeWeed seawater products also save throughout the lifetime of the membrane via a more efficient design that equates to lower operating costs.
GE's immersed ZeeWeed 1000 UF membranes are ideal for larger treatment systems where the footprint, energy and chemical savings are significant. The immersed design also aligns well with dissolved air flotation technology and directly couples to SWRO. The advancements in the ZeeWeed 1000 product results in one of the industry’s lowest installed costs for membrane technology.
GE’s pressurized ZeeWeed 1500 UF membranes are ideal for small-to-medium sized plants as they provide a packaged solution with quick delivery and installation.
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