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  1. Pentair
22 October 2013

First Silica Removal Projects in India with New Hollow Fiber Membranes

Pentair X-Flow has secured two projects in India for the removal of colloidal silica with its unique HFS 60 Silica tight ultrafiltration (UF) membrane module. The HFS 60 Silica is the first hollow fiber membrane module in a new line of low molecular weight cut off UF membranes that offers new treatment options. Applications include desalination pre-treatment, wastewater treatment in the textile, oil and gas industries, as well as in ultrapure water production in the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries.

Both projects in India utilise the HFS 60 Silica modules to remove silica from surface water, which protects the high-pressure boilers in power production facilities. At the JaypeeNigrie super thermal power project in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, two streams with a total of 3,840m³ per day are treated. In the J.K. paper plant in Rayagada, Chhattisgarh, two streams with a total of 6,000m³ per day are treated. At both installations, the boiler feed water is treated by a demineralisation step before it is purified by Pentair’s HFS 60 membranes. The tight molecular weight cut-off of 10,000 daltons of the membranes offers a colloidal silica removal rate of 99.8%.

By efficiently removing the colloidal silica, Pentair X-Flow provides an alternative in silica removal. The high-pressure boilers are protected from scale deposits, which maximise performance and prevent turbine failure. The robust HFS 60 membranes are backwashable, offer low energy consumption, provide high recovery of demineralised water, and can be operated at higher pressures. The silica removal rate is ten times better than standard ultrafiltration, no coagulant is needed and the membranes can be used early on in the process as pre-treatment instead of polishing.

The vice-president of water process technologies, Juergen von Hollen, said: "The HFS 60 Silica is the first tight UF membrane being launched in a new X-Flow product group. This new series of products with a low molecular weight cut off will allow us to apply our membranes in new markets and applications, delivering on our commitment to our customers to continuously improve our product portfolio to support their specific business requirements."

About Pentair X-Flow

Pentair X-Flow ( develops and supplies membrane technology for global municipal and industrial markets. Its world-class technology includes membranes, modules and systems for filtration and purification processes for industries ranging from desalination, wastewater reuse to food and beverage. This technology, together with extensive application know-how for projects of all sizes, enables Pentair X-Flow to provide industry-leading water purification solutions to its customers.

HFS 60 Silica tight ultrafiltration (tight UF) membranes offer the robustness required for long lasting performance under demanding circumstances in thermal power plants. By efficiently...
Pentair has gained expertise and experience in water purification, ranging from producing portable water solutions and treating wastewater, to pre-treating seawater.
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