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Tuesday, 23 June 2009, 20:02 HKT/SGT

Source: Hyflux
Hyflux's Revolutionary InoCep Achieves Significant Energy and Cost Savings While Separating Liquids under Extreme Conditions

SIWW, Singapore, June 23, 2009 - (ACN Newswire) - Hyflux Ltd, one of the world's leading providers of integrated environmental solutions, today announced the launch of its second-generation hollow fibre ceramic membrane InoCep at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 22 to 26 June 2009.

Hyflux's proprietary hollow fibre ceramic membrane technology has been internationally recognised. Its first-generation InoCep ceramic membrane was the Category Winner for the Water Treatment/ Point of Use at the International Aquatech Innovation Awards 2006 amidst keen competition from Europe, North America and Asia.

Building on its winning characteristics of originality, practicability and sustainability, the secondgeneration InoCep combines the simplicity and compactness of polymeric hollow fibre membranes with the hardiness of ceramics, making it suitable for highly demanding applications that involve high temperatures, pressures, and/ or aggressive solvents. Exploiting the superior characteristics of improved Al2O3, InoCep is capable of sustained filtration in temperatures of up to 120 deg. C and is able to withstand the full range of pH values (from 0 to 14). This compares favourably with existing membrane separation applications, which typically can only withstand temperatures below 100 deg. C and pH values from 1.5 - 11.

Another key feature is its hollow fibre configuration, which has the ability to filter from both "inside-out" and "outside-in". Its crossflow configuration also reduces fouling drastically, ensuring longer operating durations and less down time, all of which significantly reduce operating costs for users.

"The characteristics of the InoCep system makes it ideal for solving separation bottlenecks in a wide range of industries, such as metal/steel mill, chemical processing, food & beverage, biopharmaceuticals and many others," said Mr Roland Low, Director, Technology Commercialisation, Hyflux. "It offers our clients even higher flux and robust mechanical strength, and its configurations can be easily customised to suit many applications."

Australia-based H2O Industries Pty Ltd has benefited from the switch from channel ceramic membranes to InoCep in its treatment and recycling of laundry water. "With the switch, water can be recycled at the ideal washing temperature of 50 degrees C, resulting in energy savings of 22%. The permeate quality is also better, and we are also optimistic that the water recovery rate can be increased from the current 57% to 70-80%. We believe that it has been conclusively proven that InoCep can be used as the primary solution for laundry water recycling, and that it is an effective replacement for the old channel membrane philosophy," said Mr Kyle Wolff, General Manager.

With research and development ("R&D") centres spanning across Singapore, China and The Netherlands, Hyflux will continue to push innovative and cost-effective products in the mould of InoCep to market. It will also constantly update its knowledge base by tapping into ongoing membrane developments through linkages and collaborations with internationally-recognised research experts, reputable universities and renowned research institutions worldwide.

About Hyflux CEPAration Technologies BV

Hyflux CEPAration Technologies BV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyflux in The Netherlands, spearheads the R&D activities in inorganic and hybrid membranes. Hyflux previously entered into a joint venture with CEPAration BV, a spin-off from leading Dutch technology institute, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. It was subsequently fully acquired by Hyflux to form Hyflux CEPAration Technologies BV. For more information about Hyflux's membranes, please visit www.hyfluxmembranes.com.

About Hyflux

Hyflux is one of the world's leading fully-integrated water solutions companies, with operations and projects in Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East and North Africa. Hyflux is committed to providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions in seawater desalination, water recycling, wastewater treatment, including membrane bioreactor (MBR) and potable water treatment. Hyflux's track record includes Singapore's first water recycling plant and first seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant and China's largest SWRO desalination plant in Tianjin City. The company is building the world's largest SWRO desalination plant in Magtaa, Algeria. Hyflux has also been awarded Singapore's second and largest SWRO desalination plant which will be developed on a design, build, own and operate model. For more information, please visit www.hyflux.com.

Claire Ng (Ms)
Asst Vice President, Corporate Communications
Hyflux Ltd
DID: +65 6580 6814
HP: +65 9151 1557
Email: [email protected]

Lee Shou Yin (Ms)
Asst Manager, Corporate Communications
Hyflux Ltd
DID: +65 6372 6235
HP: +65 9645 7837
Email: [email protected]

Source: Hyflux

Topic: New Product
Sectors: Water, Environment
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