Conserving Water and Energy with Reverse Osmosis - DOW


Recognizing the perilous state of the water-energy nexus, Dow scientists have developed breakthrough polymer chemistry that is the most advanced water purification science available today. Introduced in 2013, DOW FILMTEC™ ECO Reverse Osmosis (RO) Elements are helping to deliver manufacturers 40 percent better water purification while using 30 percent less energy.

As a technology helping to improve the world’s ability to solve sustainable water supply challenges, FILMTEC™ ECO Technology is recognized as Dow’s second-everBreakthrough to a World Challenge. The technology is also a finalist of the coveted 2014Edison Award, recognized in the Energy/Sustainability and Commercial Resource Management categories.

“Water is, without a doubt, the world’s most precious resource,” said Neil Hawkins, Dow’s corporate vice president, Sustainability. “Dow is committed to advancing science that directly addresses global challenges like water, energy and climate change through our innovations and our 2015 Sustainability Goals. We help people around the globe process more than 15 million gallons of water per minute. Our scientists are employing breakthrough chemistry to revolutionize reverse osmosis – the most advanced water purification technology available today – to help fight global water scarcity.”

FILMTEC™ ECO Elements are helping to save water and energy while also helping to reduce operational costs in facilities by 16-19 percent. In the first ten years of use, FILMTEC™ ECO Elements will produce 15 trillion m3 of clean water (more than 6 million Olympic-sized swimming pools), while providing more than 2 billion kWh (Kilowatt hours) of energy savings and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 1.5 million metric tons.

FILMTEC™ ECO Elements are making waves in the industrial and manufacturing worlds. Utility providers are reducing their chemical usage and improving their power production time and electronic manufacturers are increasing water purity for higher performing tablets, smartphones and computers. Even brewers are using FILMTEC™ ECO Elements to brew beer more sustainably.

“The industrial use of water is one of the largest uses of treated water, and increasing water scarcity has driven companies to seek out new ways to purify water and promote water reuse that are cost-effective and environmentally conscious,” said Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions. “FILMTEC™ ECO Elements offer added ecological and economical value, increasing sustainability over time and reducing energy and chemical costs. Energy consumption is the first controllable resource in the water-energy nexus, and FILMTEC™ ECO elements are playing a key role in helping manage water and energy resources around the world.”

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