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Algae harvesting MBR studyview Blue Foot Membranes

Blue Foot Logo 31 May 2021
Location: Belgium
Supplied by: Blue Foot Membranes NV and VITO with Proviron, Odisee and University of Antwerp


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MBR technology/system:

IPC®25 Module Single Deck

Flat Sheet (FS) MBR membrane configuration | Immersed technology configuration
Membrane material: Polymeric
Capacity range (MLD): < 1.0

About Algae harvesting MBR study

  • Benchmark study on algae harvesting with IPC® membranes
  • Up-concentration and harvesting of Algae using 2 bar Back Pulsable Flat sheet
  • Number of IPC® membrane modules: 1 IPC®25 Module.

Project Background
This feasibility study was focused on algae harvesting with submerged IPC® membranes as a pre-concentration step prior to centrifugation.

The use of backwashing as fouling control was compared to standard relaxation with other flat panel membranes. The PVDF IPC® ultrafiltration membranes showed better fouling resistance showing that the back washable IPC® membranes achieved up to 300% higher fluxes compared to commercial benchmark.

The energy consumption for membrane filtration followed by centrifugation was estimated at 0.17 kWh/kg of dry weight of algae when IPC® technology was used compared to 0.5 kWh/kg for algae harvesting via centrifugation.

Company summary

Head office in Lommel, Belgium
Operates in Worldwide, Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Oceania
> 10 commissioned plants | Total installed capacity of 10 MLD

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