Author Archives: Shane Matthews

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VSEP used in Brazillian Ethanol Plant

Category : Water Treatment

VSEP from Syngineering Water

While membrane-based separations of liquids from solids have enjoyed increasing popularity over the last twenty years, the technology has an inherent challenge that affects all membrane devices: fouling. This long-term loss in throughput capacity is due primarily to the formation of a boundary layer that builds up naturally on the membranes surface during the filtration process. In addition to cutting down on the flux performance of the membrane, this boundary or gel layer acts as a secondary membrane reducing the native design selectivity of the membrane in use. This inability to handle the buildup of solids has also limited the use of membranes to low-solids feed streams.

Call Syngineering Water today for a free evaluation of your plant : 1300 662 326


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Syngineering Brine Concentrater

Category : Water Treatment

There is a great deal of effort being made by many different companies in the water processing industry in an attempt at Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD), Brine Crystalisation, Brine Concentration and Brine Minimisation.

Syngineering Water has been developing , using a combination of several different water treatment technologies, has been able to match and often exceed many of the outrageous claims being made regarding these innovative technologies.  The Syngineering Brine Concentrater is centred on the VSEP technology in combination with several other technologies to provide excellent results.

Syngineering Brine Concentrater

Syngineering Brine Concentrater

For more details contact Syngineering Water today : 1300 662 326


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VSEP applications in Wine Making

Category : Water Treatment

A world first.

Not much has changed in the 8,000years mankind
has been producing wine. However in terms of the
environment, everything is about to change for the
better. While many wine companies worldwide
are attempting to “go green”, one large winery in
northwest California has become the first on the
planet to successfully pilot the innovative VSEP
barrel rinse water treatment system to save water
and drastically reduce their carbon footprint.

Syngineering Water – VSEP and Wine Industry

Call Syngineering Water today for a free feasibility study of your processing plant : 1300 662 326


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VSEP Chosen for Envirowaste NZ

Category : Water Treatment

Presentation presented at Wasteminz by Chris Lobb from Envirowaste NZ comparing and contrasting the different options available to Environwaste for treating the landfill leachate and why Envirowaste selected VSEP from Syngineering Water as their preferred technology.

For more details : VSEP for Envirowaste Hampton Downs Landfill Leachate

Call Syngineering Water today to arrange a feasibility study : 1300 662 326


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VSEP – Treating Whey

Category : Water Treatment

Dairy products are enjoyed all over the world and are a diet staple for many people. With the growing demand for dairy products such as Greek yogurt, the handling of the increase in waste byproducts is a growing concern. Whey is a byproduct that cannot be discharged to surface water or land applied due to the COD and BOD that are an environmental hazard to agriculture and aquatic wildlife. Normal dairy production plant wastewater is in the range of 2000 to 3000mg/L BOD which is 10 times the strength of domestic sewage [1]. The amount of whey produced from the original product can be 90% [2] for cheese and up to 75% for Greek yogurt. The current uses for whey are limited and alternative treatments are necessary.

For more information : Syngineering Water – VSEP and Dairy Whey

Call Syngineering Water today to arrange a free assessment : 1300 662 326


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VSEP – Paradigm Shift in Brine Minimisation

Category : Water Treatment

Provided you are not directly adjacent to a saltwater disposal point, RO brine disposal is problematic and expensive. Brine concentration in traditional reverse osmosis membrane systems is limited by the amount of silica in the feed water. VSEP’s vibratory oscillation prevents silica fouling, and thus VSEP is ultimately limited by osmotic pressure, not silica. Because of this unique capability, VSEP from Syngineering Water has become the market leader in non-thermal brine minimisation.

Syngineering Water – VSEP and Brine Minimisation

Call Syngineering Water today for a free evaluation : 1300 662 326


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Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Design

Category : Water Treatment

Syngineering Water have now completed the design of the Waste Water Treatment plant in late 2015.  Installation and commissioning has been extremely successful given the level of detail planning at the design phase.  Well done to the design team who worked tirelessly to deliver a start of the art leachate treatment plant.

For a free evaluation and feasibility study, call Syngineering 1300 662 326


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Landfill Leachate processing with VSEP

Category : Water Treatment

Landfill Leachate generation is a major problem for municipal solid waste landfills and causes a significant threat to surface water and groundwater. Leachate can be defined as a liquid that passes through a landfill and has extracted dissolved and suspended matter from the landfill.  Leachate is the typically stored in ponds and treated.  The treated leachate can then be either released One of the most effective methods for treating landfill leachate has been found to be the VSEP systems either as a stand VSEP system or in combination with Reverse Osmosis available from Syngineering Water.  This treatment system will produce permeate that can then be either released into water ways or used as on site dust suppression.

Landfill Leachate Storage Pond

Feed leachate 6330uS, Permeate 314uS and Concentrate 2180uS

Leachate Feed 6330uS, Permeate 314uS and Concentrate 2180uS

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Frac Water and Flowback – VSEP Membrane Treatment on Site

Category : Water Treatment

After well hole is drilled into these shale formations, casings are installed to isolate the well bore. The bottom section of this casing is perforated so that gas can more easily be removed. Once the casing is in place in addition to concrete reinforcing in the upper sections, water and sand are injected under high pressure into the shale deposit. This creates small fractures in the shale and provides openings making the formation porous for gas removal. When the water pressure is relieved, the small cracks in the shale begin to close, but the sand or ceramic particles help to “prop’ them open. These materials are known as “Proppants”. In addition to the water and the sand, small amounts of various chemicals are added for various purposes. These include biocides, surfactants, corrosion inhibitors, thickeners, and other materials.
This water that is used to fracture the shale formation is called “frac water”. The process of fracturing is also known as completion since this is one of the final steps in preparing a well for production of oil or gas. Frac water can also be known as “completion fluid”. When the pressure of this water is relieved, the water flows back up out of the well casing. This is known as “Flowback water”. Some of the water will remain down in the hole and be absorbed into the more porous areas. The amount of water that flows back can vary a great deal and can be anywhere from 10% to 90% of the water that is injected as frac water.

The Flowback water can be reused to some extent, but as the water is injected into the shale formation, it absorbs minerals, salts, organics, and also brings sediment back out with it when it flows back. At a certain point, this water becomes too “dirty” to reuse. The conventional thing to do at that point is to haul this water off by truck for disposal. Many well sites are in remote areas and do not have established connections to municipal; sewers or to disposal wells for reinjection. This hauling can involve a high cost and the use of many trucks that can put a burden on the local community.
Some Potassium salts are added to the frac water to begin with. Some salt in the frac water is desired, but very high levels of mineral salts that can cause scaling and plugging of the formation would adversely affect the operation. Also injecting frac water that has a lot of sediment can also plug the formation. So before the Flowback water is reused, sediment and other fouling materials should be removed. Onsite water treatment can provide almost unlimited reuse of the Flowback water and greatly reduce the need for truck hauling. In addition to the benefits of less hauling, many locations have scarce supplies of fresh water that is available for use as frac water. So, reuse of the Flowback water can reduce the amount of local fresh water that is consumed as well as reuse the amount of wastewater hauled away.

For more details – Syngineering Water – Frac Water and Flowback

Oil and Gas Drill Rig

Oil and Gas Drill Rig


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VSEP – Brine Squeezing and Brine Cystalising

Category : Water Treatment

VSEP or Vertical Separation Enhanced Process is an extremely simply and effective proven method of brine squeezing.  With over 400 installations world wide, the VSEP systems are a simple but very effective brine squeezing system.

Multiple stack VSEP units suitablle for dewatering the RO concentrate stream

Multiple stack VSEP units suitable for dewatering the RO concentrate stream

While VSEP is not completely immune to silica scale, silica takes much longer to attach to the membrane, and when it finally does, the deposition pattern on the oscillating membrane is not uniform.  Because of this, standard VSEP membrane
cleanings are highly effective in removing the silica deposits. Standing in contrast is VSEP, which is limited only by osmotic pressure. In fact, New Logic Research has installed VSEP systems to further concentrate brine generated by both HERO and
EDR systems at full scale. It is VSEP’s ability to act as a brine concentrator and multivalent salt crystallizer that has made it the leading choice for non-thermal brine minimization around the world.

For more details, Syngineering Water – Using VSEP as a Brine Squeezer

 


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