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Martens Breweryview Blue Foot Membranes

Blue Foot Logo 31 May 2021
Location: Bocholt (Belgium)
Supplied by: Blue Foot Membranes NV and Pantarein Water


Food, beverage and dairy

MBR technology/system:

IPC®80 Double Deck Module

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

About Martens Brewery

  • Wastewater originating from beer Industry – brewing. High in Total Phosphor content
  • Start up: April 2017
  • Number of IPC® membrane modules: 5 IPC®80 Double Deck Modules- - 2 bar Back Pulsable Flat sheet.

Project Background

Martens Brewery has a 260-year history and currently has a brewing capacity of 3 million hL/year. Since April 2017, it has been operating an industrial MBR installation that uses IPC® membrane modules.

The installation is a retrofitted Unitank system that was reconfigured by the OEM to a low strength and high strength compartment. The MBR installation was installed on this last section. The wastewater influent from the brewing operation contains roughly 20 mg/L of total phosphorus. Therefore, in order to comply with discharge limits, FeCl3 is added on a frequent basis. The ability to vigorously backwash these membrane modules makes this operation sustainable and a real success.

During the peak production season, this installation runs at a net operational flux of 37 LMH. This is consistently achieved each year over the last three years of operation. Other advantages of this technology are:

  • Capacity/footprint = 11 m3perm/m2module ftprint
  • Specific Aeration Demand per hour and permeate volume produced, SADp = 9.6 Nm3 Air scour/h.m3 permeate which enables the low energy consumption for this IPC® flat sheet membrane module.

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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This page was last updated on 04 May 2022


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