The Latest in Membranes Presented in Anaheim

Posted June 21, 2010

 

By George Crawford, Co-chair of WEF Membranes Community of Practice

 

My first reflection is that the location of the recent WEF Membrane Applications 2010 conference in Anaheim was ideal. California is home to some of this country’s earliest and most varied Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) operations. Conference attendees heard papers about California-based facilities such as Santa Paula and Riverside, and were also able to tour two of them--the Orange County WRD RO and City of Corona MBR plants.

A lot of the coffee break buzz was about the dramatic increase in MBR sizes such as the ones being considered in Canton OH, Miami-Dade FL, Los Angeles County, and Riverside CA, as well as the mega-sized 30 mgd North Las Vegas Plant that will be commissioned within the year and the >100 mgd tertiary MBR currently in pre-design for Hamilton ON.

It was my pleasure to chair this event along with Vice-Chair Marie-Laure Pellegrin of HDR and the enthusiastic support of our conference committee. Of course, our speakers and presenters at the various workshops and technical sessions also deserve a hearty “Thank You” for their contributions.

Here are a few meeting highlights:

Our keynote speakers were Mike Markus of the Orange County Water District, who discussed past and current challenges in Orange County; PeterMacLaggan of Poseidon Resources who brought us up to date on the Carlsbad desalination project; and Tom Pankratz, Editor of Water Desalination Report, who provided a global overview of membrane applications and projected strong future growth in the MBR market in particular.

A large audience attended a lively panel discussion in a session called “Ask the MBR Vendors.” The panel discussed three topics, including Disinfection, Sustainable Design, and Membrane Life. The Membrane Life topic was very popular, with many questions from the audience on a variety of aspects related to statistical life distributions, the vendors’ approaches to predicting membrane life, and contractual arrangements that might be in both the Owners’ and Vendors’ interests regarding life, and life cycle cost. On the topic of disinfection, the panel agreed that MBR membranes show a consistent reduction of regulated pathogens that could be correlated to permeate turbidity.

Two final observations: the high proportion of MBR presentations on the program reflected current trends in the market, and folks were learning and sharing information that they could immediately use when they returned their jobs. Visit Hot Topics: Membranes to learn more about membranes.

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Posted June 21, 2010

My first reflection is that the location of the recent WEF Membrane Applications 2010 conference in Anaheim was ideal. California is home to some of this country’s earliest and most varied Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) operations.

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The Latest in Membranes Presented in Anaheim

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The Latest in Membranes Presented in Anaheim

Posted June 21, 2010

 

By George Crawford, Co-chair of WEF Membranes Community of Practice

 

My first reflection is that the location of the recent WEF Membrane Applications 2010 conference in Anaheim was ideal. California is home to some of this country’s earliest and most varied Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) operations. Conference attendees heard papers about California-based facilities such as Santa Paula and Riverside, and were also able to tour two of them--the Orange County WRD RO and City of Corona MBR plants.

A lot of the coffee break buzz was about the dramatic increase in MBR sizes such as the ones being considered in Canton OH, Miami-Dade FL, Los Angeles County, and Riverside CA, as well as the mega-sized 30 mgd North Las Vegas Plant that will be commissioned within the year and the >100 mgd tertiary MBR currently in pre-design for Hamilton ON.

It was my pleasure to chair this event along with Vice-Chair Marie-Laure Pellegrin of HDR and the enthusiastic support of our conference committee. Of course, our speakers and presenters at the various workshops and technical sessions also deserve a hearty “Thank You” for their contributions.

Here are a few meeting highlights:

Our keynote speakers were Mike Markus of the Orange County Water District, who discussed past and current challenges in Orange County; PeterMacLaggan of Poseidon Resources who brought us up to date on the Carlsbad desalination project; and Tom Pankratz, Editor of Water Desalination Report, who provided a global overview of membrane applications and projected strong future growth in the MBR market in particular.

A large audience attended a lively panel discussion in a session called “Ask the MBR Vendors.” The panel discussed three topics, including Disinfection, Sustainable Design, and Membrane Life. The Membrane Life topic was very popular, with many questions from the audience on a variety of aspects related to statistical life distributions, the vendors’ approaches to predicting membrane life, and contractual arrangements that might be in both the Owners’ and Vendors’ interests regarding life, and life cycle cost. On the topic of disinfection, the panel agreed that MBR membranes show a consistent reduction of regulated pathogens that could be correlated to permeate turbidity.

Two final observations: the high proportion of MBR presentations on the program reflected current trends in the market, and folks were learning and sharing information that they could immediately use when they returned their jobs. Visit Hot Topics: Membranes to learn more about membranes.

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