FEDCO presents optimized RO approaches at IDA World Congress, Sydney


On October 8-11 the global desalination industry convened in Sydney for the International Desalination Association World Congress. Following delays due to the global pandemic, friends and colleagues from the industry came together for this key event to share ideas and create new connections.

FEDCO presented two papers in the event's technical program, both demonstrating how multi-stage RO can deliver more membrane-friendly desalination designs - reducing biofouling and increasing the useful life of RO membranes.

Juan de Beristain (Regional Sales Manager, LATAM) presented a multi-stage SWRO configuration to deliver 60% recovery in Pacific seawater, powered by FEDCO's BiTurboTM technology. This paper showed how such a design can deliver over 10% savings in the total cost of deslinated water, most crucially by decreasing the size of pretreatment equipment and intake infrastructure. 

Focusing on detailed membrane projections, the design achieved high recovery without compromising on SEC, and maintaining relaxed membrane conditions to deliver longer membrane lifetime.

The following day, Haytham Ahmed (Regional Sales Manager - Middle East) presented a BiTurboTM design for 42% RO recovery in Gulf seawater. Also using detailed membrane projections, this paper showed a dramatic increase in membrane cross-flow velocity, and reduced concentration polarization - two factors crucial to limiting biofouling. The resulting design delivers competitive energy consumption with superior membrane performance.

IMG_0375FEDCO's Juan de Beristain and Haytham Ahmed presented innovative multi-stage SWRO designs. Meanwhile, Rory Weaver begins his term as one of three co-chairs of the IDA's Young Leaders Program.

The BiTurboTM solution builds on a long track record of supplying high quality pumps and turbochargers for RO and industrial applications, with FEDCO equipment installed at thousands of sites worldwide over 25 years. Read our latest white paper to find out more.

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