At this week’s International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse 2011 in Perth, GE (NYSE: GE) will showcase how its advanced desalination and other water reuse technologies help industrial and municipal customers responsibly convert seawater into clean water supplies for commercial and public uses.
The IDA, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, promotes the appropriate use of desalination technologies in water supply, reuse, pollution control, treatment and other applications. GE, a leading developer of advanced desalination systems used in some of the world’s largest water treatment plants, is among the nearly 100 companies attending the IDA conference. In addition to serving consumers, today’s water treatment plants help meet the global demand for more sustainable supplies of water for industrial and energy production as well.
“With the international community facing continued shortages of clean water, the government and private sectors must invest in the best available water desalination and water reuse technologies to create new supplies of water for industrial and municipal uses,” said Jeff Connelly, vice president, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. “The right technologies are already available to help countries around the world produce cleaner, more sustainable supplies of water and energy.”
Highlights of GE’s energy and water technology portfolio that will be on display at Booth C-17 include:
• GE’s seawater platform products that convert seawater into “fresh” water, including SeaPAK, SeaPRO, SeaTECH and SeaSmart, representing:
o More than 50 years of membrane and process design experience with hundreds of plants installed globally
o Flexible, pre-engineered desalination platforms designed for any flow rate needed
o Experienced engineering and strong quality control, which provides maximum reliability and value
o A true commitment to “delivery when you need it” customer service, illustrated by GE’s Global Quick Ship Program with stock units, pre-engineered solutions and customized designs
• High rejection seawater and brackish water membrane systems that offer:
o Maximize salt removal capabilities with up to 99.75 percent salt rejection
o Performance maintained at water temperatures greater than 36C (96.8F)
o Stock available for quick delivery
• BOO or Water Outsourcing Agreements that offer customers key benefits, including:
o No capital expenditures
o Reduced operating costs
o Improved technical performance
• GE’s electrodialysis reversal (EDR) recover and reuse saline water product line:
o Global leader in EDR with 900+ installations
o Designs for 50 percent to 95 percent TDS removal
o Water recoveries up to 94 percent
o Higher suspended solids tolerance than spiral wound ROs
o Chlorine-tolerant membranes
o Ability to treat waters with high silica levels
• GE’s ZeeWeed ultrafiltration (UF) technology:
o Extends the life of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes
o Lowers RO power consumption
o Features a compact footprint
One of GE’s newest UF products that will be highlighted is the company’s next-generation membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment technology called LEAP*mbr, which addresses pressing water quality and operational cost issues faced by owners of municipal, industrial and residential water/wastewater treatment facilities worldwide. The new LEAPmbr offers the lowest lifecycle costs available from any MBR technology, while also being cost-competitive with conventional treatment. These cost savings, along with operational simplicity and a compact footprint, derive from innovations to GE’s popular ZeeWeed* 500 MBR product line—the most widely used, reinforced hollow-fiber ultrafiltration technologies available.
* Trademarks of the General Electric Company, may be registered in one or more countries.
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Howard Masto, Masto Public Relations
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Karla Nelson, GE Power & Water
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