Movers & Shakers June 2024: Water Systems Warn Americans of Major Rate Fikes to Filter out PFAS

PFAS contamination in public waterways
PFAS contamination in the public waterways has been proven to cause health problems in humans and animals. Photo: iStock/michaelgeorgeau

In the dynamic and global filtration industry, news and information is breaking on a daily basis. International Filtration News is tracking stories relevant to our industry from air and gas filtration to liquid filtration and the various end-uses for filtration technology. Here we will post news stories relevant to filtration and its downstream applications on an ongoing basis. Please check back for regular updates. If you have news that you feel should be added to this summary report, please email it to Ken Norberg:

Most recent update: June 06, 2024

Ahlstrom Adds new Line in Brazil to Support Filtration Customers

Ahlstrom, in its ongoing dedication to addressing the global need for clean air and water, has successfully completed a EUR 2 million investment for a new laminator at its Louveira plant in Brazil. This investment not only reinforces Ahlstrom’s 50-year commitment to the global filtration industry but also marks a significant expansion of its product offerings in the South American market for industrial air, industrial liquid, and fuel filtration, including products currently produced in European and North American markets.

“The new laminator increases our manufacturing capabilities and brings needed flexibility to supply our local customers with the best-in-class filtration solutions,” said Andre Pereira, Head of Sales, Filtration, Latin America. “Efficient supply chain management prevents interruptions to the supply stream, and shorter transport distances reduce carbon emissions and lower environmental impact,” he continues.

Combining filtration materials by lamination offers several advantages: enhanced efficiency, extended service intervals, and reduced energy consumption of filtration units. Laminated fuel filtration materials adapted for EURO 5 and EURO 6 standards optimize fuel consumption and reduce the emissions of harmful pollutants. In industrial filtration applications, multilayer materials support the trend for higher filtration performances and the ability to purify air and liquids to protect people and the environment.

Water Systems Warn Americans of Major Rate Fikes to Filter out PFAS

In exchange for cleaner water, Americans around the nation may soon have to pay hefty prices, writes The Hill.

Water systems are starting to warn residents of massive rate hikes as they prepare to install technology to filter out toxic chemicals in a family known as PFAS.

PFAS contamination in public waterways
PFAS contamination in the public waterways has been proven to cause health problems in humans and animals. Photo: iStock/michaelgeorgeau

Utilities from South Florida to upstate New York have warned customers that they could see significant price increases after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated that they remove the substances, which have been linked to a number of cancers and other diseases, from their systems.

Last month, the EPA said it will require utilities whose water systems contain high levels of six types of PFAS to remove them from the water.

PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of thousands of chemicals that have been used to make a variety of nonstick and waterproof products and firefighting foam.

The substances have also become ubiquitous in the environment, due in part to the fact that they tend to persist for a long time instead of breaking down.

Exposure to these so-called forever chemicals has been linked to increased risks certain cancers, weakened immune systems, high cholesterol, and developmental issues in children.

Adsorbi Launches Cellulose-Based Air Purification Material for the Art Industry

Adsorbi AB, a research-based startup originating from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, announced the launch of its first commercial product: a cellulose-based material that protects artwork and sensitive objects from degradation by air pollutants. The adsorbing material combines a long product lifetime with high security, making it ideal for museums and archives.

Adsorbi's cellulose-based air purification material.
Adsorbi’s cellulose-based air purification material.

Currently, air pollution in museums is either ignored or the adsorbent activated carbon is used. The problem with using carbon in this environment is its short product lifetime and the risk of staining objects in collections.

Adsorbi’s material is a bio-based and high-performing adsorbent. The cellulose originates from Nordic forests and the production is in Europe. The material is used to purify air in the storage and transportation of artwork, surpassing activated carbon in terms of durability and adsorption capacity. Other important features include the material’s color indicator: the white material changes color when it needs to be replaced, enabling optimized air purification.

Schiphol Tests Innovative Device to Filter Air on the Apron

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is working to improve the air quality around the airport by installing an innovative air filtration system on the apron. The apron of an airport is perhaps the noisiest and most polluted place to work. The airport authority is working to change this through a pilot study using an air filtration system to reduce ultrafine particles on the airport’s apron.

Schipol Airport to test air filtration system on apron. Photo courtesy Schipol Airport.
Schipol Airport to test air filtration system on apron. Photo courtesy Schipol Airport.

The innovative air filtration system will be installed next to Pier D and is one of the ways in which the airport is working to improve the working conditions for their airport workers.

The air filtration device has been developed by Van Wees Innovations and creates airflows that ensure ultrafine particles clump together to form larger particles that can then be filtered. During this pilot on the apron, the airport will be investigating whether this machine also works indoors.

Last year, Schiphol conducted a successful pilot with this device at a fire station next to the runways. The device cleaned the air almost fully. However, because the building is in use 24 hours a day, with windows and doors being opened, the reduction during the trial came to an average of 75%.

Asahi Kasei Medical Completes Plant for Planova™ Virus Removal Filters

Asahi Kasei Medical has completed the construction of its third assembly plant for Planova™ virus removal filters in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, and held its completion ceremony on May 24, 2024.

The new assembly plant for Planova™ filters Photo courtesy Business Wire
The new assembly plant for Planova™ filters Photo courtesy Business Wire

The bioprocess business of Asahi Kasei Medical comprises Planova™ virus removal filters and equipment used in the manufacturing process of biotherapeutic products such as biopharmaceuticals and plasma derivatives, biosafety testing services, and biopharmaceutical CDMO operations. It is one of the Asahi Kasei Group’s businesses to drive future growth.

Planova™ cellulose hollow-fiber membrane filters, developed specifically for removing viruses from biotherapeutic products, were launched in 1989, followed by Planova™ BioEX hydrophilic PVDF hollow-fiber membrane filters in 2009. Both product lines have earned wide recognition among pharmaceutical manufacturers for their outstanding contribution to the safety of biopharmaceuticals, and their adoption has expanded worldwide. A next-generation line of cellulose hollow-fiber membrane filters, Planova™ S20N, was launched in 2022 featuring robust virus removal capability and simplified operation and has been highly regarded among customers.

NX Filtration to Provide Hollow Fiber NF Membranes for Mexican Water Project

After the contract signing between NX Filtration and Mexico.
After the contract signing between NX Filtration and Mexico.

NX Filtration, a global leader in advanced hollow fiber membrane technology, announced that it will supply its hollow fiber nanofiltration membrane modules to an indirect potable water reuse system in Mexico, marking NX Filtration’s largest project to date. The project was awarded by SAPAL (Sistema de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Leon), the Mexican water utility, and will be delivered through EcoAzur, distributor of NX Filtration’s products in Mexico.

The project, part of SAPAL’s ERA (Estaciones Regeneradoras de Agua, or Water Regeneration Stations) program aims for the production of drinking water based on water from the Desbaste wastewater treatment plant, in an indirect potable reuse (IPR) scheme including hollow fiber nanofiltration (HFNF) and advanced oxidation technologies. This water reuse concept is an important step to address water scarcity issues in the region. The project will be executed in 2 phases with a capacity of 17 million liters per day (MLD) each, with the awarded contract covering phase 1.

This marks another repeat project for NX Filtration, as SAPAL already successfully operates a smaller wastewater recovery project based on NX Filtration’s technology since 2022.

The application of NX Filtration’s hollow-fiber nanofiltration membranes will ensure efficient and cost-effective, and largely chemical free, water treatment contributing to enhanced water quality and environmental sustainability at the world’s largest scale today.

DuPont to Split Into Three Companies

DuPont recently announced plans to split into three separate publicly traded companies, a process which will take up to two years.

Under the plan, DuPont will spin off its Water and Electronics businesses, with New DuPont continuing as a diversified industrial company. Dupont said as independent entities, both Water and Electronics will benefit from increased focus and agility in their respective industries.

Water will be comprised of DuPont’s current Water Solutions line of business which last year generated net sales of approximately $1.5 billion. The portfolio of water filtration and purification solutions includes reverse osmosis, ion exchange and ultrafiltration across a variety of market segments including industrial water and energy, life sciences and specialties, municipal and desalination, and residential and commercial.

Electronics will be a global provider of electronics materials including semiconductor solutions and advanced electronics products and will include the existing Semiconductor Technologies and Interconnect Solutions lines of business, as well as the electronics-related product lines from Industrial Solutions.

New DuPont will be comprised of the existing businesses within the Water & Protection segment (excluding Water Solutions), the majority of businesses within Industrial Solutions (including healthcare), and the retained businesses reported in Corporate (including adhesives).

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