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Project TitleNovel Process to Enhance the Membrane Performance in Forward Osmosis Systems
Track Code2012-033
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Novel process to enhance the membrane performance in forward osmosis systems


Forward osmosis is a process utilizing the osmotic pressure difference generated by a concentration difference as a driving force to get solvent from a less concentrated solution to a more concentrated solution through a semi-permeable membrane. Compared with reverse osmosis, forward osmosis requires little energy input because the process is a one-stage process relying upon solutions. The process allows high water recovery, enabling the use of the process in seawater desalination and wastewater treatment. Forward osmosis has become more important in recent years due to the global water scarcity problem and due to most seawater desalination and wastewater treatment plants relying on energy-intensive hydraulic pressure driven processes. Due to the increased focus on the forward osmosis processes, there is a market need for methods and technologies to enhance the processes.

TagsForward osmosis, water desalination, wastewater treatment, seawater, methods, technologies, systems
Posted DateJul 4, 2017 8:54 AM