Aqualia to use Aquaporin’s biomimetic membranes

Danish water technology company Aquaporin has entered into a collaboration with the water management company Aqualia to promote and use its biomimetic membrane elements at municipal water treatment plants.

Aqualia serves nearly 43.5 million people living in 17 different countries around the world.

“We are experiencing an increased interest and preference for biomimetic solutions from the municipalities where we are present, and Aquaporin will help to meet these expectations,” said Victor Monsalvo, Aqualia Head of Eco-efficiency Area. “The scope of the collaboration is for Aqualia to primarily use Aquaporin membranes in certain applications when they help achieve the best water quality for our customers in a sustainable manner.”

Aqualia has new full-scale municipal drinking water treatment plants in the pipeline where Aquaporin membranes were successfully tested.

“We are pleased to help Aqualia deliver clean drinking water to municipalities all over the world with our biomimetic membranes,” said Matt Boczkowski, Aquaporin CEO. “After working together for over a year, we are very glad to see our efforts turn to commercial success. We expect to see the demand for biomimetic membranes rise as municipalities become increasingly aware of the technology and its merits in terms of efficiency and sustainability. Our collaboration with Aqualia prepares us for that.”

This long-term partnership between Aquaporin and Aqualia follows the positive outcome of four pilot projects in different locations in Spain. For example, Aquaporin and Aqualia ran a pilot project where a high level of nitrate in the municipal drinking water limited the consumption by certain population groups for years. The results from the pilot showed a 20 % performance increase when using Aquaporin’s biomimetic membrane elements to remove nitrate compared to conventional membranes, which assured the citizens a solution had been found to a problem that had long been of concern to them. Similar improvements in performance were observed for the removal of sulfates and fluorides and brackish water desalination. As a result, the two companies are also partnering within the EU H2020 project REsilient WAter Innovation for Smart Economy to create a smart water ecosystem that will secure sufficient water supplies in the future.