Xylem Inc.
Connecting Waterpeople

ZwitterCo launches early access program for first organic fouling-immune reverse osmosis membrane

  • ZwitterCo launches early access program for first organic fouling-immune reverse osmosis membrane
  • Program participants have exclusive access to the RO element before commercial launch and receive special pricing incentives.

About the entity

Zwitterco
ZwitterCo’s breakthrough membrane technology enables filtration for the most challenging separations.

ZwitterCo, the advanced membrane technology company, announced the opening of its Early Access Program for the company’s new brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) membranes. ZwitterCo’s BWRO elements are the first organic fouling-immune brackish water membranes in the world that reduce cleaning frequency by as much as 90%, resulting in lower operational costs while delivering proven and reliable BWRO performance.

Membrane fouling and degradation from frequent cleaning have plagued the industry, causing excessive downtime, increased operational costs, and shorter membrane lifespan. Globally, there are tens of thousands of industrial BWRO systems that process surface water feeds and face challenges from natural organic matter (i.e. color bodies) and biogrowth, which adhere to the membrane surface and impede performance. Other high-fouling applications for BWRO membranes include secondary effluent from wastewater treatment systems and effluent polishing. Growing demand for wastewater reuse is driving the need for new BWRO membranes that overcome these classical fouling challenges. 

ZwitterCo’s unique zwitterionic membrane technology directly solves the long-standing challenges of maintaining BWRO systems. With their immunity to irreversible organic fouling, ZwitterCo’s BWRO elements have been shown in testing to restore membrane performance with only a water flush, even after filtering high-fouling streams. This enables longer run-times between required maintenance, full performance restoration, and longer membrane life. ZwitterCo’s BWRO elements are a drop-in replacement, making them fast and easy to implement without needing any system modifications.

The Early Access Program will enable ZwitterCo to partner with a limited number of customers and OEMs for field applications before the product’s commercial launch in 2024

The Early Access Program will enable ZwitterCo to partner with a limited number of customers and OEMs for field applications before the product’s commercial launch in 2024. Customers  with distressed RO systems, or OEMs working on tough BWRO applications, who participate in the program will have the opportunity to install a full train or pilot system. Additional benefits of the Early Access Program include special pricing and terms, involvement in ZwitterCo’s technology development program, technical review of system operation, and optimization of system cleaning and maintenance. 

"We are confident our zwitterionic technology will transform industrial water treatment and reuse. We look forward to working with our Early Access Program members who share our mission of making water treatment more efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective," said Jon Goodman, Vice President, Commercial Development of ZwitterCo. 

ZwitterCo’s RO elements will be on display at this year’s Aquatech Amsterdam and the International Water Conference (IWC) exhibitions. Visit the team at Aquatech booth 05.104H or the IWC booth 216 this November. To sign up or learn more about the early access program, visit ZwitterCo’s website

Subscribe to our newsletter

Topics of interest

The data provided will be treated by iAgua Conocimiento, SL for the purpose of sending emails with updated information and occasionally on products and / or services of interest. For this we need you to check the following box to grant your consent. Remember that at any time you can exercise your rights of access, rectification and elimination of this data. You can consult all the additional and detailed information about Data Protection.