Cerahelix Inc’s ceramic membranes.
Cerahelix Inc’s ceramic membranes.

A Fortune 50 personal care products manufacturer has selected Cerahelix Inc’s ceramic membranes to treat wastewater for reuse.

Cerahelix’s filters will operate as a single stage treatment system to treat plant wastewater at a rate of more than 100 000 gallons per day (GPD). The permeate and concentrate will be reused internally and externally, saving water resources, eliminating discharge into the environment, and providing added value to the company.

“Our membranes will provide an extremely effective yet elegantly simple way to treat wastewater at this facility, achieving 90% recovery and reducing chemical oxygen demand (COD) by over 95%,” said Susan MacKay, CEO of Maine-based Cerahelix.

Cerahelix’s patented process employs a DNA template to form the pores used to filter water and wastewater, controlling the pore size to extend the range of treatment applications for ceramic membranes from nanofiltration to high purity picofiltration.

Cerahelix, which was founded in 2011, currently markets a commercial scale, large format filter element product that can be made with three different molecular size cutoffs, ranging from 400 Daltons to 1200 Daltons, to meet specific needs.