Dow Water & Process Solutions Primed for Growth

Posted: Wednesday 21st December 2011

Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) and leading supplier of innovative products for filtration, purification and separation processes that help make water safer, cleaner and more available, is positioned for growth as it addresses increasing demands for clean water due to increasing global urbanization and industrial development.

Dow Water & Process Solutions Primed for Growth

Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) and leading supplier of innovative products for filtration, purification and separation processes that help make water safer, cleaner and more available, is positioned for growth as it addresses increasing demands for clean water due to increasing global urbanization and industrial development.

“The new Dow manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis (RO) elements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including our collaboration with KAUST, is coupled with our new world-class water application development center in Tarragona, Spain. They are clear examples of the continuing investment Dow is making in reverse osmosis technology and production capacity to meet the growing challenges for a clean, affordable and available water supply,” said Dow Water & Process Solutions General Manager Ian Barbour.

Modern water treatment technology allows industrial economies to advance while minimizing water consumption. Over the past few years, enhancements in FILMTEC RO membrane elements, in combination with DOW™ Ultrafiltration pretreatment provides an increase in the amount of treated water per element while reducing energy costs by about 50 percent over time, in desalination and other water purification and re-use projects around the world. This helps developed nations operate their water infrastructure more efficiently, and lowers the barrier for the adoption of the most efficient water purification technologies in rapidly developing economies. As a result, the desalination and demineralization water treatment systems that use Dow’s enabling components produce hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater per day. With the continued advances in these technologies, and more favorable cost scenarios, growth in the availability of pure, clean water will continue to improve around the globe.

Key to this goal is DW&PS’ new Global Technology Development Center. The Tarragona center is designed to accelerate commercialization of Dow technologies that make clean water production efficiently possible. The state-of-the-art facility represents a significant investment for Dow. The center is ideally located to support customers in the region and provides access to the wide variety of water sources, including industrial and municipal wastewater and seawater, to support product development and performance testing in real world conditions. Barbour noted that the center is working on ways to reduce the energy needed to remove salt from seawater to as little as 2 kilowatt-hours per cubic meter.

New Solutions Enabling Competitiveness

Dow Water & Process Solutions continues to innovate and invest in technologies that bring higher value and product performance, further supporting its customers, by meeting their demanding system design needs with ROSA 8.0. Advances to the ROSA (Reverse Osmosis System Analysis) design software upgrade include:

 • Addition of DOW™ ultrafiltration water types, and the new products launched in past two years, including 16” elements and our highest performing low energy high rejection  FILMTEC™ elements (HRLE-440i and XFRLE-400/34i)

 • Improved pH models for BW elements, which reflect more accurate pH dependence

 • Improved compatibility with Windows® 7, both 32- and 64-bit platforms

DW&PS is also introducing DOW™ Pack, a modular ultrafiltration (UF) skid design that reduces the cost and time of skid engineering, fabrication and assembly. The DOW Pack offering consists of several standardized designs that can be combined to match any water flowrate and lower the overall cost of acquisition to customers of all sizes.

DOW FILMTEC™ HRLE-440i element is another innovation helping to significantly lower energy costs while maintaining quality and productivity. Thanks to novel membrane chemistry from Dow, the HRLE-440i rejects 99.5 percent of sodium chloride, at one-third lower pressure than standard brackish water membranes, which enables operations that are more efficient and maintains product quality.

“Dow has a 50-year history of innovation and market leadership in the water industry, and we will continue to invest in technologies and production capacity to meet the growing challenges for a clean and affordable water supply. Our commitment to innovation reinforces our dedication to customer success and stable growth opportunities,” said Barbour.




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