Berghof Membranes and Aquaporin announce joint development agreement
Leading manufacturer of tubular membranes for the filtration and separation of industrial process streams and wastewater, Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH, recently announced that it has formally signed a joint development agreement with Aquaporin A/S, a Denmark-based developer of biomimetic membranes for industrial and consumer water applications.
The agreement initiates commercial efforts, wherein both companies will leverage their respective expertise in forward osmosis (FO) as well as tubular membrane technologies in order to launch products targeted for high-strength industrial wastewater and food and beverage process streams.
This is the next stage in a previously announced cooperation between Berghof Membranes and Aquaporin Asia to develop breakthrough membrane technologies. While further details are yet to be released about the dually-branded tubular FO membrane line, both companies are committed to bringing products to market in 2018.
“We are eager to introduce our innovative FO tubular membrane modules into the market,” CEO of Berghof Membrane Technology, Eric Wildeboer, said. “Developing innovative filtration solutions to minimise energy consumption, maximise water reuse and recover valuable resources is the core of Berghof Membranes. This new agreement fits perfectly in-line with our company’s mission to create a cleaner environment and provide the best solutions for sustainable industrial growth.”
“We are excited to be taking the next step in commercialising the world’s first tubular FO membrane modules,” Peter Holme Jensen, CEO of Aquaporin A/S, added. “These modules will extend the Aquaporin Inside® FO technology platform and open new opportunities in treating challenging process and wastewater streams.”
Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes have been working together under a three-year research and development project funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) with a S$2.5 million grant under its Environment & Water Research Programme and administered by PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency.