Energy and Water Savings in Food and Beverage Wastewater Reuse
Reducing Energy and Wastewater Costs for California's Food and Beverage Industry
Porifera has installed a PFO recycler pilot and has been performing the demonstration at the Frito-Lay facility in Modesto, CA. In 2021 the system fabrication was finalized, the site was prepared and the system was installed. The system has been running, and the team has been and collecting water quality data since November 2021. The system has been performing well, demonstrating consistently excellent permeate quality with 100% TSS and hardness removal and 99%-100% removal of COD and TDS. Demonstration is to be continued through Q2 2022.
The goal of this agreement is to develop new capabilities with the Porifera Forward Osmosis (PFO) Recycler so that it can treat high-starch wastewater from food and beverage manufacturing facilities and turn it into clean water for onsite reuse. If successful, this project will open up new market opportunities for the PFO Recycler and provide California's food and beverage manufacturers with a new energy efficient solution to rising water prices and wastewater disposal costs.
This technology would provide benefits to the site operator by decreasing costs for water consumption and electricity for pumping, by as much as 40 percent compared to the current leading technology.
This project will reduce water consumption and imbedded energy use from pumping and wastewater treatment, resulting in more availability of water and reduced carbon emissions.
Key Project Members
Olgica Bakajin, PhD
Erik Desormeaux, PE
CDM Smith, Inc.