WEFTEC 2018 Exhibition: The MBR Site report

The entrance to the WEFTEC Exhibition at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center | News Weftec 2018 Weftec Entrance
The entrance to the WEFTEC Exhibition at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center

The MBR Site visited the Water Environment Federation (WEFTEC) 2018 Technical Exhibition in New Orleans, USA from 29 September−3 October.

The conference is staged at Chicago and New Orleans on alternate years. This year featured a small number of MBR presentations scattered within the conference technical programme, including a session on membrane aeration biofilm reactors (MABRs), and a significant number of MBR stakeholders with booths at the exhibition.

Companies present included polymeric flat sheet (FS) MBR membrane suppliers, with many of the providers (Alfa Laval, Fibracast, Kubota, Martin, Microdyn-Nadir, Ovivo, newterra, and Toray) offering composite membrane products and some (e.g. Sinap) offering exclusively rigid flat plate products. A number of suppliers of ceramic FS products, including ItN and Meiden - as well as Ovivo - also had booths. The Meiden technology is employed by Siemens (also present) in their PACT MBR, in which powdered activated carbon is dosed at high concentrations in the mixed liquor, targeted at petroleum industry effluents.

Immersed hollow fibre (HF) MBR membrane suppliers present at the exhibition included Evoqua, Koch, Membrane Solutions, Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions and Suez, all offering polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)-based products. These fibres are predominantly reinforced, and three of the membrane module products are fitted with integrated coarse-bubble aerators.

There were also a few companies offering containerised immersed MBR plants, including H2O Innovation and Smith & Loveless - the latter perhaps better known for their degritter technology. We saw one example of an MABR, offered by Fluence.

All in all, the networking opportunities of WEFTEC 2018 were outstanding, and we were privileged to meet both old friends and new. It's always an education.

MBR exhibitors

Below are some of the MBR technology suppliers we had the pleasure to meet from around the Exhibition.

Anja Rach and colleague at the MICRODYN-NADIR stand | News Weftec 2018 Microdyn Nadir
Anja Rach and colleague at the MICRODYN-NADIR stand
Global Director of Sales Orest Zacerkowny of Evoqua. We also had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Zamarro and Marc Bodemer of Evoqua, and Barry Reicker, Sales Manager ADI Systems North America Inc | News Weftec 2018 Evoqua
Global Director of Sales Orest Zacerkowny of Evoqua. We also had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Zamarro and Marc Bodemer of Evoqua, and Barry Reicker, Sales Manager ADI Systems North America Inc
Japan's Mitsubishi  Chemical Aqua Solutions was represented by Futomitsu Horiuchi and colleague | News Weftec 2018 Mcas
Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions was represented by Futomitsu Horiuchi and colleague
Chintan Parikh and Kalpesh Dankhara at the Ovivo booth | News Weftec 2018 Ovivo
Chintan Parikh and Kalpesh Dankhara at the Ovivo booth
Ronald van't Oever at the Pentair booth with their X-Flow Helix product | News Weftec 2018 Pentair
Ronald van't Oever at the Pentair booth with their X-Flow Helix product
Shanghai SINAP: Adams Li demonstrated SINAP's flat sheet membrane | News Weftec 2018 Sinap
Shanghai SINAP: Adams Li demonstrated SINAP's flat sheet membrane
At the Alfa Laval stand with Jeff Devine and Joe Getz | News Weftec 2018 Alfa Laval
At the Alfa Laval stand with Jeff Devine and Joe Getz
Commercial Engineering Services Manager Steve Faux at the Fibracast booth | News Weftec 2018 Fibracast 2
Commercial Engineering Services Manager Steve Faux at the Fibracast booth
The Fluence MABR module with US Sales Manager Ronen Barkan | News Weftec 2018 Fluence
The Fluence MABR module with US Sales Manager Ronen Barkan
H2O Innovation: David Faber, Fraser Kent and Adam Moore | News Weftec 2018 H2O Innovation
H2O Innovation: David Faber, Fraser Kent and Adam Moore
The SafBon Water Technology and ItN Nanovation team | News Weftec 2018 Itn
The SafBon Water Technology and ItN Nanovation team
Senior Process Engineer Melanie Blake at the Koch Membrane Systems stand | News Weftec 2018 Kms
Senior Process Engineer Melanie Blake at the Koch Membrane Systems stand
Kubota: Simon Judd with Francisco Ros Albarrán, Hiro Kuge and Brian Codianne | News Weftec 2018 Kubota
Kubota: Simon Judd with Francisco Ros Albarrán, Hiro Kuge and Brian Codianne
The Likusta and Martin Membrane Systems team | News Weftec 2018 Martin Membrane Systems
The Likusta and Martin Membrane Systems team
Senior Sales Manager Brian Fraser and Senior Product Manager Bill Pagels of Meiden America | News Weftec 2018 Meiden
Senior Sales Manager Brian Fraser and Senior Product Manager Bill Pagels of Meiden America
Jim Ungerer, Doug Thompson and Helen Lin of Membrane Solutions | News Weftec 2018 Membrane Solutions
Jim Ungerer, Doug Thompson and Helen Lin of Membrane Solutions
The MBR team at newterra | News Weftec 2018 Newterra
The MBR team at newterra
Marketing Communications Manager Darby Ritter at the Smith & Loveless stand | News Weftec 2018 Smith Loveless
Marketing Communications Manager Darby Ritter at the Smith & Loveless stand
Stephen Katz of Suez - Water Technologies & Solutions | News Weftec 2018 Suez
Stephen Katz of Suez - Water Technologies & Solutions
Product Manager Sean Carter of Toray Membrane USA | News Weftec 2018 Toray
Product Manager Sean Carter of Toray Membrane USA

Many thanks to all.

Acknowledgements

Report written by Claire Judd and Simon Judd

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