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UK’s Axium Process Supplies Two Mobile Membrane Filtration Plants to Masdar Institute

Posted: Monday 25th March 2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it has commissioned UK-based Axium Process to install two mobile membrane filtration plants at the campus.

Designed for pilot scale Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis trials, the mobile plants from Axium Process are supplied with data logging and Wi-Fi access to allow ease of instrument tracking and manipulation of data. They are currently being used to test and improve water quality from a variety of sources including brackish water and condensate.

Dr. Nidal Hilal, an international expert in desalination and membrane technology and Professor in Nano-membranlogy and Water Technologies at Masdar Institute, said: “Membrane separation is extremely important for desalination, production of drinking water and waste water treatment in the UAE and the GCC region. The two mobile membrane filtration plants installed by Axium Process will enable us to carry out extensive studies and assist our researchers to find new solutions in this area. The high-technology equipment also represents the cutting-edge research facilities available at Masdar Institute for faculty and students to focus their research on clean energy and advanced technologies.”

Dr Hilal is also the Editor-in-Chief of Desalination, published by Elsevier, the most widely respected international journal on the science and technology of desalting and water purification.

Membrane filtration has become a proven technology and membranes have become more robust and less expensive over the past decade. Membrane processes offer enormous potential for cost savings in terms of reduced water and energy costs, water recovery, effluent treatment, product recovery and diversification of products. Membrane processes also have many other applications apart from desalination.

Axium’s range of pilot plants, which can be modified to suit customer specific requirements, are manufactured in 316L stainless steel and can include tanks, variable speed pumps, Pure-Screen pre-filter, various membrane housing configurations, heat exchanger, sample points, as well as controls and instrumentation for level, flow, pressure, pH and conductivity.

Axium Process specializes in stainless steel system fabrication, supplying custom built processing equipment, components, tube and pipe fittings that meet the individual customer requirements. The company's team of engineers specializes in the design, testing, in-house fabrication and commissioning of customized membrane filtration systems. They also offer membrane-related product and process development, and technical and training support.

Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.

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