Enhanced-Multi Effect Thermal Separation (E-METS) is a thermal water separation technology for desalination purposes.
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Novalife-H2O commercializes the novel water separation technology for desalination and industrial wastewater market.
Novalife-H2O is a Cleantech startup that aims to provide unconventional water resources through commercialization of our novel thermal separation technology E-METS for desalination, industrial wastewater treatment (IWWT) and support Lithium mining applications. Currently, the most widely implemented water separation technologies can be classified into two categories, namely, i) thermal separation - primarily using thermal energy for evaporation/condensation processes employing metallic alloys, and ii) membrane systems that consumes electrical energy to drive the separation process. Our Enhanced-Multi Effect Thermal Separation (E-METS) technology, on the other hand revolves around a patented invention, initiated to develop a reliable and economical solution for seawater desalination, brine concentration or industrial wastewater treatments (IWWT). The ‘hybrid’ Enhanced-Multi Effect Thermal Separation (E-METS) concept implements advanced flow boiling/cooling principles conventionally employed in state-of-the-art nuclear power plants for water desalination. The concept is the first of its kind for thermal water separation. The second innovation integrates multiple vaporization and condensation and processes, embedded within a compact membrane distillation module for superior energy efficiency for higher production capacity with minimal footprint. The vaporization processes comprise enhanced tube flow boiling, flash evaporation, enhanced pool boiling and membrane distillation. The condensation processes include falling film and dropwise condensation on enhanced tubes and titanium heat exchanger devices. In brief, our technology combines high performance heat exchange devices with hydrophobic polymeric membranes for maximum performance and robustness of the water separation process. The continuous effort of process engineering innovation integrates four vaporization and three condensation processes for the E-METS technology, as opposed to a single-evaporation/condensation process traditionally implemented in conventional thermal separation technologies. Summarizing in brief, the E-METS technology delivers key technological benefits of conventional water purification technologies, both thermal and membrane systems, into a scalable, highly modular configuration. The E-METS technology provides a cost-effective solution to problems currently experienced by users of conventional thermal or membrane separation processes. The characteristics of the E-METS system are: • High Energy Efficiency - Up to 30% thermal energy saving levels against large-scale conventional thermal separation technologies and 50-70% lower electrical energy demand than Reverse Osmosis. • Mobility & Footprint - Compact, modular and a fraction of the footprint of conventional technologies is optimal for containerization with high mobility, i.e. standard shipping container sizes. • Ease of Operation – Less sensitive pre-treatment requirements and skilled operation than membrane systems, enables operation in remote locations with less skilled personnel and maintenance. • Brine Management – Highly suitable as a retrofit technology for brine management of existing desalination plants by reducing brine concentrate discharge and increasing freshwater production. • Sustainability – Powered by low-grade waste heat or renewable solar thermal energy for water production or treatment of effluents.
Our novel desalination technology can desalinate high salinity brine and industrial wastewater.
Current membrane desalination technologies such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) or thermal desalination technologies cannot desalinate high salinity brine or industrial wastewaters. Our novel thermal membrane separation technology, E-METS, can resolve these issues by recovering fresh water from these high salinity brine or wastewater to promote a circular economy (for the industries) and resolve environmentally polluting wastewater discharge. Our first application for the E-METS desalination technology is for materials recovery, i.e. Lithium brine concentration. Current Lithium production methods incur high capital and operational expenditure. This is in additional to severe environmental destruction and water scarcity caused by Lithium mining. Solution: E-METS resolves this issue by reducing up to 90% CAPEX, producing distillate (potable water) for the municipal inhabitants and reducing the cycle time for lithium mineral extraction from approximately 2 years to approximately 2 months.