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Ceramic membrane filtration

The ceramic membrane filtration system is a water treatment system to generate clean
and clear tap water by eliminating impurities (bacteria and protozoa such as
Cryptosporidium) and turbidity in raw water from river systems and well water. To
respond to the recent needs for safe and tasty tap water, we offer a low-cost water
treatment system with a long service life.

Ceramic membrane for future water supply system:

The dominant approach for water treatment has changed from the conventional slow
filtration method and rapid filtration method to a novel approach based on the
membrane filtration method. METAWATER has been involved in national initiatives
such as MAC21, Sophisticated Treatment MAC21, ACT21 and e-Water to achieve
high-performance and low-cost filtration based on ceramic membranes since 1989.


1. High strength and high reliability

Membrane reliability is one of the most important factors to ensure the safety of tap
water. The ceramic membrane helps increase tap water safety thanks to its high
strength ("unbroken membrane").

2. High operation safety.

Even under raw water conditions that fluctuate day to day, the ceramic membrane can
provide stable water treatment continuously. The filtration performance is not
compromised even in high turbidity situations such as during rainfall.

3. Eco friendly ceramic membrane with long service life

Ceramic membranes have a service life as long as 15 years or more. Because the
membrane can be reused as a ceramic material after use, it is an eco-friendly
membrane that does not generate waste. It is an energy-saving water treatment system
with low power consumption.

Element Shapes

Ceramic membranes are available from several manufacturers in different shapes,

mainly round and hexagonal, and with various channel diameters. A multi-channel
construction provides a higher membrane packing density than a tubular element of
the same length. The ceramic membrane elements have sealing gaskets attached at
each end and are then assembled within housings, available in 316L SS,
polyvinylidene and other alloys. A typical industrial installation will have several of
these modules arranged in series and/or parallel configuration.


Ceramic membranes are increasingly being used in a broad range of industries such as
biotechnology and pharmaceutical, dairy, food and beverage, as well as chemical and
petrochemical, microelectronics, metal finishing, and power generation. Each industry
presents specific needs and opportunities.
The membrane modules can withstand elevated temperatures, extremes of pH (0 to
14), and high operating pressures up to 10 bar (145 psi) without concern for
membrane compaction, delamination or swelling. This makes these membranes
suitable for many applications where polymeric and other inorganic membranes
cannot be used.

Additionally, ceramic membranes are ideal for in-place chemical cleaning at high
temperatures, while using caustic, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, ozone and strong
inorganic acids, and/or by using steam sterilization.

Industrial applications

Clarification of natural fruit juices such as apple, cranberry and grape is one of the
most successful and widely practiced industrial applications of ceramic membranes.

In the filtrations of sugar cane juice ceramic membranes can be used in several
different stages in the raw and refine sugar production. the need to purchase, use and
dispose of filter aids is then eliminated.

Ceramic membranes are used for fermentation broth clarification at numerous

installations worldwide, successfully competing with other technologies such as
polymeric membranes, vacuum filtration and centrifugation.

Finally, in many chemical process application there is the need to treat not only the
waste streams, but also to recover and reuse chemicals. Ceramic membranes can be
applied for this purpose, i.e. filtration of chemical solvents, dye and pigment
wastewater from dye processing and colouring plants and highly variable wastewater
containing detergents, polymers and organic solvents

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