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The reverse osmosis technology was recognized for energy & cost savings in manufacturing
Dow was presented with the Bronze Edison Award for Filmtec Eco reverse osmosis (RO) elements in the Energy/Sustainability and Commercial Resource Management category. The award was presented April 30, 2014 in San Francisco. The judging committee recognized the technology for its ability to significantly reduce the energy required to remove impurities from water.
A program within the Edison Universe organization, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored products and business leaders such as Nielsen, Keurig Inc., Henkel and Black and Decker, and are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.
Recognizing the perilous state of water demand, Dow Water & Process Solutions scientists developed Filmtec Eco RO elements, which includes one of the most advanced water purification polymer chemistries available today. Filmtec Eco elements can help deliver up to 40% better water purification while using up to 30% less energy, resulting in up to 19% lower operating costs.
These benefits provide manufacturers, who need water as a critical utility or as a process ingredient, with ecologic and economic benefits in producing products such as electronics, clothing, food and beverages. Filmtec Eco elements also help power utility providers reduce the need for chemicals used to clean the membranes helping to improve their power production uptime.
“Energy consumption is the number one controllable resource in the water-energy nexus,” said Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions. “The Edison Award recognition is very important to us, as it shows our technologies and innovations, like FILMTEC ECO Reverse Osmosis Elements, are making impacts on real-world issues like water and energy scarcity.”
Filmtec Eco technology was recently recognized by Dow as an innovation that will help improve the world’s ability to solve sustainable water supply challenges, as it was named Dow’s second-ever Breakthrough to a World Challenge as part of the Company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals.