Plug-and-play TITAN MBR QUBE technology delivers simple, robust environmental performance on remote sites

A simply installed, low maintenance and environmentally effective wastewater treatment system suitable for remote resources, construction and tourism sites is being introduced to Australia by CST Wastewater Solutions. The latest Smith and Loveless MBR wastewater treatment system, the TITAN MBR QUBE™, comes complete in a standard HC (40-foot High Cube) container, completely factory pre-assembled, packaged and delivered.

'This is very much a plug-and-play unit that needs only a flat pad to sit on and connections to water and electricity. It is a robust and efficient low-maintenance system proven in diverse industrial and municipal applications where strong environmental performance is mandatory,' said CST Wastewater Solutions’ Managing Director Mike Bambridge.

The pre-engineered Titan MBR QUBE uses submerged flat-plate membrane technology to ensure high permeability and flux rates. This combination provides end users with high quality treatment performance coupled with minimal operational requirements for applications involving flows in the range of 25-100m3 a day (depending on biochemical oxygen demand, and whether nitrogen removal is required). The technology is custom-engineered for situations such as those encountered by mining, oil and gas and remote infrastructure construction sites.

The units incorporate all wiring, piping, valves, CIP (cleaning in place) equipment, screening, air conditioning and remote view PLC operation. The technology uses gravity pressure to drive water flow through its membranes. Clean water discharges into a clearwell, while blocked solids remain suspended in the aeration zone. Air scouring prevents fouling and eliminates the need for back-pulsing pumping equipment. Diffusers beneath the module scour the membranes while also providing an air supply to the bacteria.

The membrane is composed of PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) and non-woven polyester fabric. Vertical membrane surfaces do not touch each other during operation. The design prevents breakage experienced in other designs and produces higher flux rates over time. The membranes stack within a fully submerged module inside the aeration zone. Chemical cleaning occurs efficiently in place − typically on a semi-annual basis with simple chemical injection. TITAN MBR membranes are also designed to use less chemicals and equipment than other designs.

Titan MBR provides effluent quality of <3 mg/L BOD and <1 mg/L TSS. Turbidity is <2 NTU. TKN is <2 mg/L and NH3 is <1 mg/L.

CST Wastewater Solutions has installed MBR systems in hundreds of Australasian installations, ranging from municipal and private developments to industrial and commercial sectors, as well as specialised marine use. The company has been providing a broad range of industrial and municipal water and wastewater solutions for 25 years, with projects also completed in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

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