DESALX® (Membrane Free Desalination)

DESALX®

Membrane Free Desalination

Our DESALX® technology selectively removes metals (calcium, magnesium, and others), and sulphate in a robust, membrane free, zero liquid discharge process.

Summary

Our DESALX® technology consists of two CIF® (Continuous Ionic Filtration) modules in series removing multivalent cations (such as calcium, magnesium, and other metals), and then multivalent anions (such as sulphate) from water in a complementary processes. Monovalent ions such as sodium and chloride pass through the system, avoiding creating a difficult to manage saline brine, which is often produced by membrane technologies such as reverse osmosis.

The gypsum based brine produced by DESALX® can be sent to existing lime precipitation systems on site to produce gypsum solids for a true zero liquid discharge (ZLD) solution. If lime precipitation isn’t already available, DESALX® can be combined with a high density sludge (HDS) clarifier for a low cost ZLD solution.

Process Description

Each CIF® module in DESALX® comprises a series of columns optimally sized for their specific task, one for water treatment and the rest to recondition the ion exchange resin. CIF® uses a moving packed bed of ion exchange resin to selectively remove contaminants and filter the water of suspended solids when required. The ability of the system to tolerate solids in the feed, and the formation of precipitates such as gypsum during desorption is a key feature of the technology, allowing DESALX® to use cheaper reagents and be more robust than traditional batch ion exchange systems.

DESALX® (Membrane Free Desalination)

Benefits

SELECTIVE CONTAMINANT REMOVAL FOR HIGHER WATER RECOVERY AND LESS WASTE PRODUCTION
EASILY CONFIGURED TO PRODUCE A SOLID WASTE, AVOIDING EVAPORATION PONDS
LOW OPERATIONAL COSTS AND SIMPLE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
MEMBRANE FREE PROCESS HIGHLY RESISTANT TO SCALING AND FOULING

Applications

DESALX® can be applied to a range of industries:

  • Mining Water – removal of metal ions and sulphates from pit water, tailings, process water, and acid mine drainage
  • Groundwater Treatment – removal of hardness and sulphate for potable or process water use
  • Industrial Water – selective removal of metals and sulphate for process water reuse or compliant discharge

Case Studies

Gold Mine Wastewater Treatment Plant, Australia

2MLD plant removing hardness and sulphate, producing water suitable for aquifer reinjection.

Processing Plant Water Treatment, Oman

Treating multiple waste streams using the 0.5MLD plant, producing industrial quality water for reuse.

Coal Seam Gas Produced Water Treatment, Australia

A 0.5 MLD DESALX® plant was deployed to treat coal seam gas produced water into agricultural grade product water for livestock and crops.

Waste Water Treatment Plant Reuse, Western Australia

Comparison of a 42m3/h CIF system compared to MF/RO for municipal reuse

Get in touch

Contact us to see how DESALX® can help with your water treatment project.