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GE Introduces MBR with MACarrier* Technology for Tough-to-Treat Industrial Wastewater

May 05, 2014

  • Enhances Performance of MBR Technology to Remove Contaminants and Produce High-Quality Effluent
  • Reduces Recalcitrant COD in Effluent by More than 50 Percent
  • Ideal for Industrial Plants, Including Refining, Chemical Processing and Textile Industries

IFAT Entsorga 2014
Booth #A2.217

MUNICH---May 5, 2014---GE (NYSE: GE) today introduced a new membrane bioreactor (MBR) with membrane accommodating carrier (MACarrier*) designed to help industrial companies meet stringent water discharge requirements and enable greater water reuse, while achieving cost savings and increased operating efficiency. Today's announcement was made during IFAT Entsorga 2014, the world's leading trade show for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, taking place May 5-9, 2014, in Munich.

Developed in GE's China Technology Center as a solution for tough-to-treat water, MBR with MACarrier combines a highly efficient MACarrier with GE's ZeeWeed* 500D membranes. This integration enhances the removal of recalcitrant organics and toxicity and can achieve a chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction of more than 50 percent compared to a MBR without MACarrier. The ability of the MACarrier to be biologically regenerated in the bioreactor cuts down on operational costs.

"Our new MBR with MACarrier provides a solution for treating wastewater that is high in COD, toxicity, BOD5, phenols and other contaminants---in other words tough-to-treat wastewater," said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems---water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. "We are proud of this new innovation that helps our industrial customers safely discharge and reuse their wastewater."

The MACarrier is a carbon-based product that is tailored for application with ZeeWeed 500D membranes and its efficacy for recalcitrant COD removal.

The MBR with MACarrier combines three technologies: the MACarrier to enhance the removal of COD, toxicity, phenols and other contaminates found in wastewater; the bioreactor to remove suspended colloidal solids and reduce organic content and concentrations of nutrients; and membrane filtration as a physical membrane barrier to remove microorganisms found in wastewater.

*Trademark of the General Electric Company; may be registered in one or more countries.

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GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world's most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water's six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE's largest industrial business.

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