MANN+HUMMEL will be presenting the new BIO-CEL M+ filtration module at IFAT

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In light of climate change, responsible use of water as a resource is essential for both industry and society. This includes efficient, technologically future-proof wastewater treatment. At IFAT in Munich (May 30 to June 3), MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions will be presenting an innovation that adds an element that is as compact as it is powerful to the successful BIO-CEL product family for wastewater treatment.

"We are proud to present the BIO-CEL M+, the most versatile module for wastewater treatment plants to date, at IFAT," says Tobias Steube, Global Product Manager MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions. "As the first product in the BIO-CEL line, the BIO-CEL M+ features the high-performance BIO-CEL UV400T ultrafiltration membrane, which was developed specifically for use in membrane bioreactor systems and prevents antibiotic-resistant bacteria from entering the aquatic environment." The BIO-CEL M+ has been optimized for medium-sized and, in particular, mobile plants. The latter segment has not been served in the BIO-CEL portfolio so far.

For the global market launch, versions for 100 and 200 square meters are offered. In the BIO-CEL M+ 200 version, wastewater from around 115 households can be treated daily per filter unit, producing around 75 cubic meters of filtrate. Thanks to a cassette system, the BIO-CEL M+ can be expanded modularly at a later date if required and fits perfectly into a high cube container. Thus, the construction of a mobile MBR plant does not require any custom-made filter tanks. Retrofitting of existing BIO-CEL plants and membrane bioreactor facilities equipped with comparable competitor products is also possible.

Compared to microfiltration, ultrafiltration has better retention against (antibiotic-resistant) bacteria, viruses and solids - in other words: higher filter quality. Thanks to the superior technology of the BIO-CEL UV400T, solids and bacteria are removed from the wastewater with high efficiency. For the elimination of trace substances, activated carbon can also be added directly to the membrane tank without causing damage to the membrane. A separate fourth and fifth treatment stage is therefore no longer necessary.

Another advantage of the BIO-CEL M+ is its space-saving mode of operation: The higher concentration of the solids content of the biology to around 10 to 12 grams per litre (as opposed to 3 to 4 grams in a conventional wastewater treatment plant) means that the area of a plant can be reduced by more than 60 percent. This allows the construction of extremely compact, decentralized wastewater treatment plants that also operate with low emissions: Only aeration and pump technology cause a low noise level. Last but not least, the BIO-CEL M+ impresses with its durability. The service life of the membrane is ten years and more.