Cembrane and Cerafiltec to explore demand for drinking and waste water technologies

Cembrane and Cerafiltec have signed a strategic alliance agreement to explore demand for technologies to treat drinking and waste water in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Cembrane co-founder and CEO Lasse Andreassen said: "We have been working with Cerafiltec for more than two years. They have developed an unparalleled module and housing for our world-leading Silicon Carbide (SiC) ceramic flat sheet membrane. The announcement is the result of those efforts to launch the most compact corrosion-free, high flux ultrafiltration (UF) module on the market."

The firms have entered into a strategic alliance that enables Cembrane to secure an exclusive access to the Cerafiltec filtration module and its process expertise.

The module is an injected molded design that is free of stainless steel parts and comes with interchangeable membrane plates, integrated sprinkler and permeate lines. 

With this new corrosion-free module design, Cembrane will be able to tap the $2bn seawater desalination category. The technology is considered to be effective in the oil and gas produced water applications.

Cerafiltec will bolster the market position of Cembrane's technology for drinking water in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

The partnership between Cembrane and Cerafiltec has led to five orders - three drinking water projects and two wastewater projects. Of these five orders, three are from Middle East , and one each from South East Asia and Scandinavia with a total treatment capacity of more than 30,000 m3/day. 

Cembrane will also invest in expanding production capacity to 140,000 m2 of membranes annually to cater to the growing market demand.