Additionally, power plants require water treatment systems capable
of meeting a wide variety of water quality demands and requirements
for process, cooling, boiler and HP boiler water. Each of those specifc
processes also has its own set of water quality requirements and
specifcations, creating a need for a seamless water treatment
management method to meet the many aspects of industrial water
These growing regulations around water quality, water usage and
environmental discharge continue to plague power plant operators
who must not only understand the changing, complex landscape,
but also devise a path forward that meets regulatory compliance.
Maintaining a healthy supply
As water quite literally fuels the production of power, these plants must
ensure that they are prepared to keep the water fowing should they
face any equipment challenges or regulatory issues.
As technology and design have vastly improved in the past decade,
innovative solutions such as self-contained, mobile membrane fltration
systems have emerged as capable and viable options that can
provide high quality water during planned or unplanned instances.
These units are particularly valuable during periods of
maintenance and repairs, when power plants must quickly meet
regulatory deadlines, and in response to emergency situations where
water production is unavailable.
Capable of producing large water quantities with a very small
footprint, mobile membranes are ideal solutions for maintaining
effcient water production in both the short and long term. These
automated, self-contained units can be rapidly deployed and able to
produce water within hours of installation.
They can also be operated remotely to limit the amount
of downtime and lost production. As such, high capacity
mobile membrane solutions are the ideal state-of-the-art
technology to debottleneck and relieve old, conventional water
treatment systems, while reducing operating and maintenance
Faced with meeting stringent water quality requirements, a large
European power plant was in need of identifying a reliable and more
abundant source of water to feed its existing demineralization unit.
As the plant’s original water supply, conventionally treated
groundwater, could no longer provide a stable and high quality
treated water source, it had to quickly implement a solution in order
to meet the impending water quality regulations and avoid plant
Due to the short supply of water, the resolution was made to utilize
water from the adjacent La Meuse river. To provide stable, high quality
treated water, the source water, characterized as having variable
organic load and suspended solids due to seasonal variation,
required two mobile integrated membrane systems consisting of low
pressure membranes and one reverse osmosis unit.
Ultimately, the membrane system produced a reliable source
of water and exceeded the requirements of the pre-existing
demineralization plant without interrupting productivity. Three years
later, the fully integrated membrane systems are used for treatment
of biological and organic control and the removal of all particulate