Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information or questions
Our in-house design and engineering office can solve the most complex cases of treatment in the field drinking water(municipalities, public authorities, living centers, bottling companies, etc.), the medical sector (sterilization, dialysis, pharmaceutical laboratories, etc.) or industrial (drinks, food processing, etc.).
Each project is subject to a personalized approach that includes both the physico-chemical analysis of the raw water to be treated, and the assessment of customer needs up to the design and sizing of complete drinking water treatment or water treatment systems.
Our solutions integrate advanced technologies taking into account the best technical-economic compromise as well as the constraints regulatory and environmental.
Various parameter curves
The objective of our engineers, in the study and general design of each installation, is to provide answers :
- the problem of raw water to be treated and the feasibility of the project,
- to the health compliance of equipment (Health Compliance Certificates, material certificate, ...),
- to local regulatory requirements and environmental constraints (OMS,…),
- the correct sizing of treatment facilities according to their use,
- the autonomy, ergonomics and ease of use of the units,
- components accessibility and maintainability,
- operational safety of stations for operators,
- to the definition of automatisms, regulation and measures,
- the modularity required for the different floors of the installation; Each planned processing step must be designed taking into account the processing steps that precede it and those that follow it,
- the possibility of failure of certain equipment or its temporary unavailability by the implementation of redundancies,
- writing clear and usable technical documents (functional diagrams, plans, operational and functional analysis, technical sheets, descriptive operating instructions, etc.),
- to the necessary continuity of service if applicable,
...to provide our customers with autonomous, safe, robust, ergonomic and durable SFEC water treatment systems.
Our technicians can also assist you in technical assistance missions or diagnosis of treatment processes. These missions assistance allow our customers to benefit from preventive and corrective recommendations in the design of their treatment systems of current or future water, including the development of specific and adapted innovative solutions. As such, we guarantee you :
- objective and neutral technical assistance,
- taking into account the context specific to each case,
- an analysis of this context and adapted solutions based on a great mastery of the technique and skills covering all the themes of the water treatment sector.
Do not hesitate to ask us to assist or support you in your projects
Our workshop ensures the custom construction of any type of water treatment unit on chassis (skid) or containerized.
Do not hesitate to ask us to assist or accompany you in your projects
Maintenance is the continuity of our job as designer and constructor. It is also a witness to our total involvement in the life of the equipment for domestic and professional customers.
The proximity, flexibility, responsiveness and availability make our company a key player in the field of system maintenance water treatment.
Our offer is available in many facets ranging from simple punctual repair on request to the multi-year preventive and / or corrective maintenance contract, shared, ... in different business sectors (food, community, hospital, pharmaceutical ...).
All our services are carried out in the state of the art, with suitable tools, in compliance with the rules of health and safety.
- commissioning of installations, tests and functional tests, …
- fault diagnosis with analysis of the causes of malfunction, …
- care, maintenance all brands, …
- repair or replacement of defective parts, …
- proposals for improvement and modification of treatments, …
- rehabilitation of facilities, …
- remote monitoring of installations, analysis of parameters, …
Different types of Maintenance Contracts :
- simple no-obligation maintenance contract,
- annual / multi-year preventive and / or corrective maintenance contract with commitment,
- shared maintenance contract,
- all-inclusive total maintenance contract,
- custom maintenance contract,
Do not hesitate to contact us to support you in the maintenance of your water treatment facilities !
Our service Buy - Negoce has at your disposal a stock of equipment and consumables for immediate availability. It can also provide you at the best price any spare parts of any brands necessary for the proper functioning of your treatment facilities.
Electric and pneumatic
Seals for ball valves
Automatons and program
Inox steel basket
Inox multi cartridges
Préfiltration (50, 25, 10 µ …)
Filtration (1, 0.22, 0.1 µ …)
Complete sets with accessories
Online Analyzer (Th, Cl, … )
Measuring probe (pH, T°c, …)
SFEC with Léa and Victoria
Because in these particular times, we need to stick together and show solidarity more than ever, SFEC did not hesitate for a second to support Léa & Victoria's initiative, by financially sponsoring their 4L humanitarian mission. Trophy edition 2022 !
We wish them good luck and a lot of courage in this adventure. !
The 4L Trophy is a sporting and solidarity raid 100% young people in Europe, and the biggest sporting event in the desert in the world, the 4L Trophy brings together 1,200 to 2,400 crews of young people between the ages of 18 and 28 every year! A 4L raid that skilfully mixes overtaking of oneself, solidarity, mutual aid, challenge, and travel. From Tangier to the Atlas then from Merzouga to Ouarzazate and finally from Tichka to Marrakech, the principle is simple: travel around Spain and Morocco in a 4L and deliver food and school supplies to populations in need.
Article from October 8, 2020
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Ultra pure water is the most used utility in laboratories, sterilization units and the pharmaceutical industry especially for the preparation of the vast majority of drugs.
Moreover, in the hospitals or the care units, the water of the city network requires a physicochemical, bacteriological and endotoxic treatment before being able to be used safely within the framework of the dialysis. Therefore, this treated water strictly complies with the quality standards defined by the Pharmacopée French and European.
The physicochemical, bacteriological and endotoxic treatment of water for medical use controlled by SFEC is an essential process to guarantee water of excellent medical quality and to prevent all risks, immediate or long term..
The design of SFEC treatment systems for medical use has been designed and studied to enable :
- to eliminate the bacteria present in raw water,
- to avoid bacterial contamination of the system,
- to eliminate dissolved salts,
- to inhibit bacterial growth throughout the treatment phase,
- to produce water of bacteriological quality compatible with the final application.
Our strong points :
- All our water treatment units for medical use are manufactured tailoredin France (région Rhône-Alpes).
- All our treatment units in the medical range are medical devices that perfectly meet the high quality standards required by the European Pharmacopoeia.
- All of our water treatment units for medical use are designed to ensure optimal operating safety in dialysis mode, in particular by means of a quick and easy bypass in case of malfunction of a device, thereby guaranteeing the continuity of production. of osmosis water without interruption of dialysis.
- All components of our facilities arenot captive and have been chosen according to strict quality criteria in line with our quality system. In addition, we take into account the principles of social responsibility when choosing our suppliers.
- The SFEC strives as far as possible to standardize brands different components used on its facilities. The goal is to reduce the size of mechanical and electrical equipment to a small number in order to limit the number of spare parts and thus facilitate inventory management at our customers.
- SFEC has acquired a great experience in the field of dialysis. Several hospitals in France use SFEC treatment units.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information concerning your project or in case of problem of operation of your water treatment plant.
There are different categories of water for human consumption : natural mineral waters, spring waters and public water supplies.
There is today a growing degradation of the quality of raw water by the increase of their pollution (nitrates, pesticides, drug residues, micropollutants of all kinds...) with repercussions on public health.
This is why communities or agro-food industries must today resort to increasingly sophisticated means of treatment and disinfection to obtain water suitable for human consumption.
SFEC is able to offer you complex treatment (multi-barrier) and disinfection systems, implementing several levels of filtration, in order to finally obtain a water of quality answering to the French and European regulations and standards. International agreements on drinking water (Directive européenne 98/83 of 3 novembre 1998, OMS (Organisation Mondiale de la Santé...).
Our strong points :
- The manufacture of all our water treatment units is realized tailored in France (région Rhône-Alpes).
- Our solutions are complete, customized and perfectly adapted to your particular needs.
- Our water treatment units are fully automated and guarantee maximum operational safety. In addition, they consume little energy.
- All components of our facilities are not captive and have been chosen according to strict quality criteria in line with our quality system. In addition, we take into account the principles of social responsibility when choosing our suppliers.
- SFEC has acquired a great deal of international experience in the field of potabilization. Several large installations have been realized in Asia and on the African continent.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information concerning your project or in case of problem of operation of your water treatment plant.
The industry covers a range of extremely variable water uses, both in quantity and quality.
Industrialists use water :
- to produce the products (process water), either by using it directly as raw material incorporated in a finished product (for the production of fruit juices, shampoos for example), or by involving it in the manufacturing process
- to cool the machines (cooling water)
- to clean the facilities (wash water)
Remarkable solvent, water is also widely used by the chemical industry to wash, dissolve, extract, synthesize a large number of molecules.
In addition, the growing demands for the protection of resources and the environment combine to impose on industrialists an ever more rigorous management of their water.
To meet all these needs, SFEC offers physical and / or chemical treatments to produce water that does not damage your facilities during its passage and brings you innovative technical responses.
Our strong points :
- The manufacture of all our water treatment units is realized tailored in France (région Rhône-Alpes)
- Our solutions are complete<, customized and perfectly adapted to your industrial needs.
- Our water treatment units can be containerized and fully automated. They guarantee maximum operational safety and are low energy consumption.
- All components of our facilities are non-captive and have been chosen according to strict quality criteria in line with our quality system. In addition, we take into account the principles of social responsibility when choosing our suppliers.
- SFEC strives as far as possible to standardize brands different components used on its facilities. The goal is to reduce the size of mechanical and electrical equipment to a limited number in order to limit the number of spare parts and thus facilitate stock management at our industrial customers.
Do not hesitate to contact us for for any additional information concerning your project or in case of problem of operation of your water treatment plant.
SFEC "Bi Osmodial Plus" treatment chain dedicated to the production of ultrapure water for dialysis
SFEC water treatment line dedicated to the production of reverse osmosis water for the sterilization of medical equipment
The water treatment systems for medical use that we build are based on an absolute safety philosophy based on a concept of redundancy.
Indeed, each element is bypassable either manually or in automatic mode. Whatever the malfunction detected by the PLC, the user is immediately informed and the alarm report can be sent back to our service technician...
If an osmosis unit should have a major problem (malfunction of the booster pump), it would be sufficient to acknowledge the alarm and turn a key to automatically actuate a bypass composed of electric valves.
Each part of the process chain is equipped with various sensors whose measured values are all sent back to the PLC. All these measures can be included in a traceability protocol à la carte, which means that it is the user who chooses according to his own criteria the values he wishes to export within a tracing system...
The entire installation is managed by a programmable controller that ensures fully automatic operation of the installation. The different parameters are entered using a user-friendly touch screen. The variety of control variants ensures maximum flexibility and operational safety. All important operating parameters are recorded electronically. Remote monitoring is part of our services. The majority of our installations are equipped with this device that allows us from our headquarters or from any phone jack to connect to your installation, to consult the various operating parameters.
The degree of safety is such that only a break in the supply of water or electricity could
completely immobilize the water treatment plant. Indeed, all vital organs are doubled and have
forced marches. Even if the automaton of the installation had to have a malfunction, you have a
forced march which allows you to finish with peace of mind the current dialysis session.
SFEC processing chains combine several filtration methods that are used together or sequentially. Each method having its favorite target.
The ultra-pure water thus produced responds to a treatment process totally mastered by the SFEC and which comprises several stages :
- activated carbon filtration
- microfiltration and / or ultrafiltration
- reverse osmosis with single or double stage
For heat disinfection, we offer loop ultrafiltration associated with heat disinfection (85°C). These coupled techniques are effective on bacteria and endotoxins. They guarantee water of exceptional quality.
Schematic diagram of a water purification system Engineering SFEC
SFEC treatment facilities are ideal for removing cloudy substances, particulates and undesirable microbiological organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites in raw water. Even when turbidity or microbiological contamination peaks are observed after precipitation, the facilities provide a uniform quality filtrate without turbidity or pathogens.
A programmable controller provides fully automatic operation of the entire treatment facility. The different parameters are entered using a touch screen. The variety of control variants ensures maximum flexibility and operational safety. Depending on the quality of the raw water used, cleaning as needed can be supported by an optimized addition of chemicals. All important operating parameters are recorded electronically.
SFEC treatment units combine several filtration and / or disinfection methods that are used together or sequentially. Each method having its favorite target.
The drinking water thus produced responds to a treatment process totally controlled by the SFEC, which relies in particular on the following technologies :
- Filtration on média
- Reverse osmosis
Example of Containerized Industrial Water Supply Plant (Refinery) - SFEC Design
The SFEC treatment units for industrial use are dimensioned on a case by case basis and make it possible to provide concrete and economical solutions to industrialists wishing to produce water that meets the specificities of their process...
Mounted on freestanding skids or in containers, these units can be adapted to the most dangerous environments (ATEX, ...) and the most severe constraints.
A programmable controller provides fully automatic operation of the entire treatment facility.
The different parameters are entered using a touch screen. The variety of control variants ensures
maximum flexibility and operational safety. Depending on the quality of the raw water used, cleaning
as needed can be supported by an optimized addition of chemicals.
SFEC treatment units combine several filtration and / or disinfection methods that are used together or sequentially. Each method having its favorite target.
The water thus produced responds to a treatment process totally controlled by the SFEC, which relies in particular on the following technologies :
- Filtration on media
- Reverse osmosis
Water softening is a treatment process initially intended to reduce the water hardness (due to the presence of alkaline earth salts : carbonates, sulfates, calcium chlorides and magnesium).
It consists of exchanging calcium and magnesium ions, which are not very soluble and which react with the carbonates in the water to form limestone, against sodium ions which are perfectly soluble in water. We call this operation ion exchange.
The ionic exchange of the softening is carried out by passing water over a solid support : resin. It is a strong cationic resin carrying sodium ions. It is in the form of porous beads 0.2 to 3 mm in diameter and with a real density slightly greater than that of water. This one has a lot more affinity for calcium and magnesium ions than for sodium ions with which it is originally charged.
When this resin is brought into contact with hard water containing calcium and magnesium ions, the latter bind to the resin by taking the place of sodium ions which were there originally. These sodium ions are released into the water instead of calcium and magnesium ions. The water that a thus percolated from top to bottom on a bed of resin will give up all the calcium and magnesium ions that it contained. Its hardness therefore tends towards zero.
When the resin has given up all the sodium ions with which it was charged, the ion exchange can no longer take place. The resin is said to be "saturated", the ions Calcium and magnesium can no longer be attached to it, and the water that comes out of the resin bed is as hard as that that goes into it.
It is possible to drive out the calcium ions from the resin and replace them with sodium ions, i.e. to restore the resin to its shape. original. This operation is called "regeneration". To "regenerate" the saturated resin, it suffices to put it in contact with a solution. very rich in sodium ions.
In practice, we use a concentrated solution of sodium chloride, called "brine", obtained by dissolving in water. refined salt sold in the form of pellets or granules. As the resin has more affinity for calcium and magnesium than for sodium, to regenerate the resin, it is necessary to use an excess of sodium.co
Schema of principle of an industrial softener
Water hardness :
Hardness of water is the sum of the concentrations of calcium ions (Ca2+) and magnésium (Mg2+) responsible for the formation of limestone. The term "hard water" does not concern the potability of water but only its high content of limestone. The higher the water temperature, the more calcium and magnesium ions are incrustating. The limestone remains, during this process, in the form of small crystals causing problems.
Schéma de principe d’un adoucisseur industriel
The installation of a softener of water makes it possible to obtain a softened water, unloaded ions of calcium and magnesium. Softened water helps remove limescale and protects your facilities and equipment.
Once saturated, the resins must be regenerated. In the majority of cases, the regeneration is carried out using sodium chloride (NaCl). A complete regeneration cycle contains the following phases: backwashing, suctioning, rinsing, filling the salt container. The parameters of each of these cycles are adjustable according to the quality of the water and the desired treatment.
Volumetric or chronometric regeneration :
In the context of a volumetric regeneration the softener counts and records the actual water consumption and gives, when the preset volume is exceeded, the signal of the beginning of the regeneration. This can be immediate or pushed back to a predefined time. After regeneration the counter automatically returns to zero and the device is ready again. In the event of a power failure, all data are saved. In the context of a Chronometric or Chronological regeneration the water softener will perform the regenerations at regular intervals of time, every 2 or 3 days for example. Thus, the resin of the softener is regenerated as a function of time, without knowing if it is saturated with magnesium calcium and therefore without knowing if this is really necessary.
The resins used meet the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations, are approved by the French Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and have the ISO9002 certification. The dimensioning of softeners is decisive and must guarantee different criteria :
- optimal passage speed
- choice of resins
- volume of resins
- regeneration frequency
The industrial water softeners that we offer are of high quality and reliability. They find their place in professional uses, to treat large quantities of water (industry, hospitals, communities, etc.). The control valve can be volumetric or chronological, and mechanical or electronic depending on your applications. The choice of the type of valve depends in part on the diameter of the pipe on which the water softener is to be installed.
The softeners proposed by the SFEC have :
- Electronic controls ensuring optimized management of operating cycles.
- Polymer valve body with integrated mixing valve.
- Volume counting by a turbine integrated into the valve body.
- Advanced microprocessor: easily accessible settings on the control panel.
- Three modes of regeneration: immediate volumetric, delayed volumetric or delayed chronometric.
- Double backwash for optimized regeneration and more efficient washing.
- Choice between dry or wet salt pan.
- Cycles and programmable regeneration times.
- Calendar forcing between 1 and 28 days.
- Regeneration against the current or co-current.
- Storing system configuration, operation data and variable reserve in non-volatile memory.
- Save time and hardness for 2 hours during a power failure.
- The salt container is filled with treated water (softened).
Do not hesitate to contact us to obtain information on the treatment of your limestone water or for a personalized diagnosis on the dysfunction of your water softener.
Schematic diagram of a sand filter
Example of SFEC sand filter
Its principle is to cross the water to be treated through a massive consisting of a filter material
(usually a siliceous sand) of a selected particle size. During the passage of water, the fine particles and colloid clusters are retained on the surface of the filtering mass, thus generating a superficial clogging layer which tends to improve the breaking capacity... From a certain loss of load, a phase of retro washing will prevail.
The retro washing phase consists of fluidizing the sand bed by the injection of water and air against the current. The fluidization causes the expansion of the filter media and thus the separation of the particles and the increase of the porosity of the medium. The wash water loaded with these suspended particles is discharged to the sewer. There are three types of sand filtration :
- Rapid sand filters: fast sand filters must be cleaned frequently, by smoothing, which involves reversing the direction of the water.
- Semi-rapid sand filters.
- Slow sand filters.
The first two require pumps and the use of chemicals (flocculation principle). A flocculant that uses a chemical principle to trap suspended solids and particles and form large flakes that will deposit by sedimentation. (Sedimentation means that suspended particles stop moving and settle).
Slow sand filters use biological processes to clean water, and are non-pressurized systems. They can treat water and reduce the presence of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, microbes...) without the need for chemicals. They do not require electricity to operate.
The operation of these filters without permanent intervention of the operator is possible thanks to the complete automation of the filtration cycles and backwashing. Each filter is equipped with a clogging measurement and a set of automatic valves (water inlet to be filtered, filtered water outlet, washing water inlet, washing air inlet).
This purification process is ecological and often the most economical in emerging countries. It offers the advantage of high efficiency and simple operation. It responds to the needs for water quality improvement while offering the opportunity to involve the community in the management, maintenance and operation of the facilities... Its ability to simultaneously improve the physical, chemical and bacteriological qualities of raw water represents a considerable advantage over other techniques: that of accessing a satisfactory water quality without adding further in other steps of the purification process.
However, viruses and bacteria can pass through filters, so the final disinfection step is mandatory. Furthermore, under certain circumstances (climate, raw water quality), a proliferation of certain types of algae can cause a rapid clogging of the filter bed and consequently pose operational problems. Increasing the amount of solids suspended in the raw water, as it is more and more frequently observed, requires cleaning at too frequent intervals. Therefore, if the turbidity exceeds 30 NTU for long periods, pre-treatment by decantation, pre-filtration with horizontal or vertical flow, or other types of pretreatment are essential.
Ultrafiltration is based on the principle of the physical barrier traversed by pressurized water and
stopping all elements whose size exceeds a limit value called membrane cutoff threshold..
This technique is used to remove cloudy substances, particles and undesirable microbiological organisms such as germs, bacteria, viruses and parasites present in raw water or when turbidity or microbiological contamination peaks are observed after precipitation.
Before - after ultrafiltration
This process makes it possible to provide pure and crystalline water of uniform quality, without turbidity or pathogens, especially in the treatment of drinking water.
An ultrafiltration module is the basic unit of a membrane filtration system. A module consists of a set of bundles of several thousands of fibers each, protected by grids and secured by 2 resin loaves located at the ends of the module.
Example of hollow fiber ultrafiltraion module
Suspended solids suspended by the membrane will slow down the filtration process. They must be removed periodically. This is the process of backwashing. It is done by sending ultrafiltered water against the current and under pressure through the membrane to remove impurities deposited on its wall.
Periodic chemical cleaning may supplement the action of the backwash. These retro chlorinated washings, acid or basic are carried out to thoroughly clean the membrane. Other adjuvants can also be used periodically to automatically regenerate the membrane.
The advantages of ultrafiltration are as follows :
- Remove filter change operations,
- Less sanitization of the process because it is protected against bacteria and micro-organisms,
- The quality of the produced water remains stable,
- Extends the life of any downstream filtration units,
- No products are added to the water,
- The volume of water lost remains very low (at 5% for retro washes),
- Disinfectant product savings,
- Low energy consumption,
- Long life of membranes,
- Reduced maintenance,
- Agreement of the Ministry of Public Health (hollow fiber modules).
Some examples of areas where ultrafiltration is applied :
- Food industry (proteins)
- Dairy industry (milk, cheese)
- Metal industry (oil / water emulsion separation, paint treatment)
- Ultrafiltration can also be applied as pretreatment of water before nano-filtration or reverse osmosis step.
Nanofiltration is a technology that produces high quality water through its separation process using filtration through semi-permeable membranes under pressure. Its principle is very similar to that of ultrafiltration, the essential difference being that the nanofiltration membrane has a porosity ten times lower, of the order of 0.001 micrometer.
It makes it possible to retain the micro-pollutants that are the most difficult to eliminate (viruses, bacteria, pesticides, etc.) and almost all the components, be they organic, organic or mineral and whatever their concentration.
The modules used by SFEC are of the tubular or spiral type. Injected under pressure, the water to be treated passes through the membrane and spring filtered through the central tube.
Examples of nanofiltration membranes used by the SFEC
The water molecules that cross the membranes constitute what is called permeate. The permeate is a water that contains only 20 mg/l of sulphates (99% of reduction), 20 mg/l of sodium (92% of reduction) and a hardness of almost zero...
The water molecules and minerals that have not passed through the membranes are guided by the central tube to the second nanofiltration tube to be filtered again and so on to the end of the chain. The remaining part called the concentrate is discharged out of the production line of drinking water (30% of the water sent on the membranes). Nanofiltration makes it possible to retain the micro-pollutants that are the most difficult to eliminate (viruses, bacteria, pesticides, etc...) and almost all the components organic or mineral and whatever their concentration.
Nanofiltration is a safe technique that eliminates all toxic or undesirable substances resulting from human, industrial, agricultural or natural environment activities. In addition, it also significantly reduces the use of chlorine. Its only drawback lies in the fact that the produced water is so pure that it is necessary to remineralize it. Indeed, it stops some ions like Ca2 +.
Today it is mainly used in water purification processes, such as softening, discoloration, and micro-pollutant removal. In industrial processes nano-filtration is used to remove particular components such as coloring agents.
Other applications of nano-filtration :
- Pesticide removal from groundwater
- Elimination of heavy metals from wastewater
- Wastewater recycling in laundries
- Elimination of nitrates
Reverse osmosis is a membrane separation technology that uses a membrane system composed of 0.0001 μm pores, through which the water to be treated passes under the effect of a pressure gradient.
Osmosis membranes release 95 to 99% of elements that are not pure water (salts, minerals, nitrates, phosphates, sulphates, pesticides, herbicides, detergents, heavy metals, chemicals, hormones, pharmaceuticals, radioactivity...). The flow is carried out continuously tangentially to the membrane which limits the accumulation on this membrane of the various species (particles, molecules, ions) retained by the latter.
Section of a reverse osmosis membrane
Reverse osmosis membrane example used by the SFEC
In the reverse osmosis membrane, the water to be treated is divided into two parts of different concentrations :
- a part which crosses the membrane: it is the permeate (pure osmosis water)
- a part which does not pass through the membrane: it is the concentrate or retentate (dirty water charged with impurities) which contains the molecules or particles retained by the membrane; this "dirty" water is discharged to the sewer.
SFEC reverse osmosis water treatment units require know-how in the selection of equipment (membranes and reverse osmosis modules) and components that must withstand aggressive water (seawater) and at high pressure. Depending on the expected efficiency, it can be used either alone or in combination with other treatment systems. Attention, the reliability of operation and the life of the reverse osmosis systems depend essentially on the quality of the pretreatment implemented in the global sector. It is therefore imperative to ensure that the feed water is properly pretreated to avoid problems of clogging, precipitation, oxidation and pollution of any kind of osmosis membranes...
Pre-treatment is truly a strategic step that must not be neglected because it is the guarantor of the proper functioning of the reverse osmosis system, and especially it is "life insurance" membranes.
The main applications of reverse osmosis concern :
- Desalination of seawater and brackish water,
- Medicine and more specifically the dialysis sector,
- The production of demineralized water for adding water to batteries for example,
- The pharmaceutical industry, or semiconductors, where an osmosis water is essential to the manufacture of the product,
- The agri-food industry, where this process is used to: concentrate sugar from cane sap, beet juice or maple sap, concentrate milk and dairy products to reduce transport costs, extract whey proteins, concentrate the musts in order to increase the final alcohol content of the wines,
- Aquariophilia during partial or complementary water changes,
- Horticulture for watering calcifying plants.
The sun emits an invisible light: the ultraviolet (or UV). This natural phenomenon is reproduced inside the UV treatment devices thanks to powerful lamps, coming from the latest technologies. UV lamps emit UV-C which has a strong bactericidal, virucidal and algicidal power, recognized for a long time.
Two types of lamps exist: low pressure and high pressure lamps.
These emit higher UV-C powers, about 100 to 150 W UV-C but with lower energy yields. The lifetimes of these lamps are approximately 3000 hours for HP type lamps and 8000 hours for BP type lamps.
A UV treatment apparatus consists of one or more lamps placed in quartz sheaths to be thermally insulated from the water. These lamps can be assembled in a cylindrical tube (closed type device) or in a channel (open type device). In both cases the water circulates in the vicinity of the lamps, in thin layers because the UV rays are rapidly absorbed by the water. The quartz sheaths are confined in a reactor which, depending on the operating pressure, is constructed from stainless steel, hot-dip galvanized steel or high-density polyethylene. The assembly is controlled by an electrical cabinet ensuring the lighting of the lamps, their operation, counting the hours of operation and an alarm indicating a possible malfunction.
The energy consumed by the disinfection varies according to the adsorption of the radiation by the water to be treated (turbidity, presence of metals, organic matter ...) This energy is generally between 15 and 40 Wh per cubic meter of water. treated water.
The efficiency obtained varies between 90 and 99.99% depending on the exposure time of the water to be treated with radiation. The processing capacity of the devices is very large, from a few liters per hour for a single-lamp device to up to 1,000 cubic meters for larger industrial installations. The investment to be made follows the same evolution.
Ultraviolet type C eradicates germs by greatly disrupting cell metabolism (as they enter their DNA) until they are completely destroyed.
Wavelength of sunlight
Example of a UV generator marketed by the SFEC
The key elements of effective ultraviolet disinfection are based on : The exposure time (the ratio between the size of the tank and the flow drained by the filtration pump). The energy emitted in micro watts / second / cm² at the furthest distance from the lamp.
By combining the energy emitted by the lamp and the exposure time, the performances will be measured in milijoules (mj).
Advantages and disadvantages :
- + The UV water decontamination system has many advantages. The most interesting is that the disinfection is accompanied by the formation of any reaction product with the organic matter of the water. The use of the apparatus is simple, it is adaptable on a water distribution circuit already in place, its reduced maintenance and its cost of operation is relatively low. And to top it off, UV disinfection is an eco-friendly process that respects the environment.
- - These advantages are thwarted by some major disadvantages. There is no possibility of immediately assessing the effectiveness of the treatment by measuring a residual as in the case of a chemical oxidant. There is no residual effect. The use of UV disinfection is therefore reserved for the disinfection of water whose distribution circuit is short and well maintained. Finally, the proper functioning of the apparatus requires a water of good transmittance, that is to say a turbidity less than 1 NTU.
- Treatment of drinking water. Public and private drinking water supply, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, power stations, military systems, sports centers...
- Agriculture et fish farming. Drinking and general purpose water for farms, dairies, livestock, poultry and fish farming, shellfish...
- Food and beverage industries. Table water, process water (dillutions, rinses), liquid sugar...
- Electronic. Process water for integrated and printed circuits, recycled wash water...
- Chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Production water of high purity, protection against microorganisms developing in tanks, circulation water...
- Photochemistry, air conditioner...
- + Ozone decomposes into oxygen, without leaving any by-products in the water.
- + Ozone is produced on site (no transport of toxic products or consumables to be changed regularly)t.
- - La production of ozone consumes energy.
- - The system is quite complex.
- - Some materials are not resistant to ozone.
- - The system requires a significant upfront investment.
- The air ozonizer (air dried with a dew point at -50 ° C to -70 ° C).
- Pure oxygen ozonizer with or without oxygen recycling (it does not exceed 100g / m3 of ozone).
- Ozonators also differ in their hourly ozone production capacity. The use of high electrical frequencies significantly improves performance.
- Low frequency (50 Hz) ozonators with unit production per hour of approximately 1 to 3 kg of ozone.
- Medium-frequency (150 to 600 Hz) ozonators with a unit output of up to 60 Kg per hour. It is in these ozonators that the ozone is produced and injected into a reactor, where the effluent to be treated is also injected...
- Reactors equipped with porous diffusers.
- Reactors equipped with turbines.
- U-tube tube flow reactors equipped with a pump to overcome pressure losses.
- 1 : Feed flow.
- 2 : Dilution compartment.
- 3 : Concentration compartment.
- 4 : Ion concentration.
- 5 : Ion removal.
- A : Selective membrane permeable to anions
- C : Selective cation permeable membrane
- + Simple and continuous operation
- + Chemicals for regeneration are completely eliminated
- + Actual cost of operation and maintenance
- + Low energy consumed
- + Non-polluting, safe and reliable
- + It requires very few automatic valves or complex instructions for execution and needing supervision by an operator
- + It requires very little space
- + It produces very pure water at a constant flow
- + It allows the complete removal of dissolved inorganic particles
- + In combination with reverse osmosis pre-treatment, it removes over 99.9% of ions from water
- Reuse of residual water in the food industry
- Production of chemicals
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Boiler feed water
- Reduction of ionizable SiO2 and TOC (Total Organic Carbon)
Application areas :
Ozonation is a chemical oxidation treatment. The use of oxidizing chemical reagents for water treatment originally targeted the sterilization of water, or, more accurately, the destruction of pathogenic germs. Ozone has the advantage of allowing complementary actions in the destruction of a large number of micropollutants and in the improvement of tastes, odors and the destruction of colors. Ozone is a molecule with the chemical formula O3. It consists of the chaining of three oxygen atoms, one more than in the case of dioxygen. It is a very unstable gas, which gives it a very important oxidizing capacity. First of all, ozone is created thanks to the ambient air. Indeed, the captured oxygen will pass through an ozone generator where it receives an electric charge. After receiving an electrical charge, some oxygen molecules (O2) will separate to form two independent O atoms. Then these atoms will bind to O2 molecules that have not been split to form ozone molecules (O3).
Schema of ozonation
Ozone is a multifunctional reagent. It destroys toxic compounds such as cyanides and phenols and attacks natural organic dyes (humic acids, tannins, lignins ...) and artificial dyes responsible for water coloring. It selectively reacts with organic compounds in water and transforms them into materials that are easier to break down by subsequent biological treatment. In addition, unlike chlorine or chlorine dioxide, ozone does not produce haloforms. It has an effective and fast action but it has little residual action.
Advantages and disadvantages :
There are different types of ozoners :
There are still two kinds of ozoners :
And several kinds of reactors :
Before being injected into the water containing the effluent, the gas containing the ozone can be divided into "micro-bubbles" using various materials :
Porous diffusers arranged in the lower part of the vats or columns. This system has the advantage of not consuming the additional energy and the disadvantage of clogging and aging.
A hydro-injector spraying the gas directly into the driving water at a pressure of 4 to 5 bar. This system has the advantage of a better dissolution rate and the disadvantage of the additional consumption of energy of the driving water pump of the hydro-injector.
The ozone requirement can vary from 2 to 20 g per m3 of water to be treated, depending on the pollutant and its concentration. The electricity consumption is between 20 and 25 Wh per gram of ozone produced. The results obtained speak for themselves: Not only does ozone act on pollutants by improving the transparency of water, it also eliminates iron and manganese, metals that are often responsible for the coloring of water, but it also acts on bacteria. developing in water by eliminating them. Ozone has an important sterilizing power since it has a clear, rapid and radical action on many viruses. Finally, it is a way of eliminating stubborn odors of earth, musty or pharmaceutical without leading to the appearance of tastes as is the case for chlorinated derivatives. Note: it is possible to use coupled techniques (ozone - UV) which have a better efficiency.Application areas :
Thanks to its excellent qualities of disinfection and oxidation, ozone is enormously used for the treatment of drinking water. Ozone can be used for different purposes in treatment systems, such as for pre-oxidation, intermediate oxidation or final disinfection. Generally, it is recommended to use ozone for pre-oxidation, before an activated carbon filter. After ozonation, these filters can be used to remove the organic matter (important for final disinfection).
Electrodeionization (EDI) is an electrical purification process using an exchange resin with ion-selective membranes.
It comes in the form of modules. The interior of each EDI module includes a solution containing ions and when a potential electrical is applied to its terminals, cations are attracted to the negatively charged cathode and anions are attracted to the anode positively charged. However, cations can cross the cation permeable membrane, but not into the permeable membrane. to anions. Conversely, anions can cross the anionic membrane, but not the cationic membrane. Thus the water produced in the central part is effectively deionized, since the ions migrate irreversibly towards the electrodes under the electrical influence and focus on adjacent parts.
- Principle of operation of electrodeionization
Thanks to electrodialysis, an electrical potential transports and isolates charged aqueous species. Electric current is charged for continuously regenerate the resin, eliminating the need for periodic regeneration.
Unlike traditional ion exchange in which the resins are used up and must be either discarded or chemically regenerated, the EDI process uses an electric current allowing continuous regeneration of the resins.
Placed downstream of reverse osmosis installations, the electrodeionization process makes it possible to re-treat the osmosis water and thus obtain ultra pure water with very low conductivity and silicic acid content.
Advantages and disadvantages :
As a replacement for traditional ion exchange processes, EDI provides advantages both in terms of energy and expenses for high purity water treatment. By eliminating the need for periodic regeneration of the ion exchange resin, environmental benefits are also achieved by avoiding the handling and processing of acidic and caustic chemicals brought to the site.
Some advantages of EDI over conventional ion exchange systems are :
EDI cannot be used for water with a hardness greater than 1, since the calcium carbonate would create deposits limiting the operation.
It requires a purification pre-treatment.
Carbon dioxide will pass freely through the reverse osmosis membrane, breaking down and increasing the conductivity of the water. All the Ion species formed by the carbon dioxide gas will lower the resistivity of the output water produced by EDI. CO2 management in water is typically done in one or two ways: the pH of the water can be adjusted to allow reverse osmosis membranes to release ionic species or carbon dioxide can be removed from water using an entraining gas.
Application areas :
EDI is useful for any application that requires continuous and economical removal of impurities from water without the use of dangerous chemicals such as :
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