Forward Osmosis (FO)

Compared to reverse osmosis and other traditional forms of desalination, forward osmosis can significantly reduce the capital and energy costs of purifying water. Reclamation is engaged in collaborative research and development aimed at addressing the barriers to forward osmosis technologies. We have filed a patent for a driving solute and have made significant progress developing a 2-stage process that removes and recycles the driving solute back to the FO extractor producing potable water that is free of salt and the driving solute. We have also developed cellulose ester hollow-fiber FO membranes that are thin, strong, and offer more desalting surface area per unit volume as compared to flat sheets.
Patent Number: 
. 13/082,639
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