Joint project gets S$400,000 grant from Singapore’s Environment and Water Industry Programme Office.
Memsys clearwater (memsys) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are collaborating to enhance a patented technology to allow treatment of water contaminated with oil. If successful, the wider application of the patented memsys membrane distillation process can be used to produce distilled water for industrial processes.
Under the partnership, the memsys-NTU research team will be conducting tests to evaluate membranes available in the market to find the most effective membranes in treating water contaminated with oil. The project will help to enhance the patented memsys membrane distillation process. The joint project has recently received S$400,000 grant from Singapore’s Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI). This eight-month joint project will end in August 2011.
“The project is based on memsys’ patented thermal Vacuum Multi-Effect Membrane Distillation process, which is primarily used for seawater desalination. With the test results, the research team will modify or propose new membranes that can be used in treating wastewater,” said Godart van Gendt, Managing Director of memsys in Singapore.
NEWRI’s Executive Director, Professor Ng Wun Jern, said: “The collaboration between memsys and SMTC at NEWRI will help to address some of the current challenges of oil in seawater and membrane distillation, such as cost and energy efficiency.”