Standard reverse osmosis solutions that produce ultra-pure water are one of the best solutions for industries, particularly the pharmaceutical industry. These solutions remove contaminants and improve industrial productivity.
Production of high-quality water for industrial processes: Water purified by reverse osmosis can be used for food and beverage production, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy production, cooling, among other applications.
Wastewater treatment : Reverse osmosis can be used to treat industrial wastewater before discharging it into the environment.
Product recovery : Reverse osmosis can be used to recover valuable products, such as metals and salts, from aqueous solutions.
Desalination of seawater: Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective technologies for desalinating seawater, making it a useful solution for producing drinking water in coastal areas facing freshwater scarcity.
Reverse osmosis can remove up to 99% of dissolved contaminants in water. Dissolved contaminants include minerals, salts, heavy metals, organic compounds, and other chemicals.
Reverse osmosis uses a semi-permeable membrane with extremely tiny pores that allow only water molecules to pass through. As a result, dissolved contaminants, which are larger than water molecules, remain behind and are rejected by the membrane.
The lifespan of semi-permeable membranes used in reverse osmosis depends on several factors, such as the quality of water fed into the system, water temperature, pressure, and membrane manufacturing quality. Generally, semi-permeable membranes have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years, but they can last up to 10 years in some applications.
Water quality is a key factor that affects the lifespan of semi-permeable membranes. Impurities present in the water, such as hardness, dissolved solids, organic contaminants, and bacteria, can accumulate in the membranes and reduce their efficiency over time. Therefore, it is essential to treat the water properly before passing it through the reverse osmosis system.
Water temperature can also affect the lifespan of semi-permeable membranes. High temperatures can damage the membranes and reduce their lifespan. It is important to maintain the water temperature within an optimal range to avoid damaging the membranes.
Water pressure is also a significant factor that affects the lifespan of semi-permeable membranes. Too high pressure can damage the membranes, while too low pressure can reduce their efficiency. It is important to maintain the water pressure within an optimal range to ensure the best membrane performance.
Important factors to consider in desalination and optimizing energy efficiency:
Appropriate selection of semi-permeable membrane : Choosing a membrane with suitable permeability and resistance can reduce the amount of energy needed to pass water through the membrane.
Optimization of pressure : Optimizing water pressure in the system can minimize the amount of energy required for the process. Selecting the appropriate pressure can also improve the lifespan of the membranes.
Energy recovery: Energy recovery is a process that allows recovering a portion of the energy used in the reverse osmosis process. An example of this is the use of an energy recovery pump, which utilizes the energy of the rejected water flow to push the feed water.
Control and monitoring: Controlling and monitoring the reverse osmosis system can help detect and correct any issues that may affect energy efficiency in the process.
Easy installation and maintenance
IMWATER’s desalination systems are containerized, compact, and modular, making maintenance straightforward. Only daily checks are necessary. Our installations include operation and maintenance manuals, as well as explanatory videos of the various tasks to ensure proper maintenance of the system.