BBC HORIZONS COVERS THE AQUAPORIN INSIDE™ FORWARD OSMOSIS TECHNOLOGY21.10.2016

The concept of using forward osmosis for industrial wastewater treatment was recently covered in a BBC Horizons episode for BBC World News
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In February 2016, Sharanjit Leyl from BBC World News, visited Singapore to document development of advanced water treatment technologies for the BBC Horizons series.

The episode "Cleaner lives, hidden treasures in waste" recently aired and features a live demo at Aquaporin Asia’s pilot production and test facilities in JTC’s CleanTech Park.



The demo showcases the revolutionizing Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology and how the technology can be used to extract clean water from a wide range of different wastewater sources.

In this particular demo, the Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology is used to extract clean water from wastewater generated at an industrial laundry facility in Singapore.

The clean water is extracted into a draw solution made up from detergents. Subsequently, the diluted draw solution is used by the laundry facility in a range of in-house washing processes.

The benefits are two-fold for the end user:

  • Difficult to treat wastewater is reduced in volume by up to 95% thus significantly reducing disposal costs
  • A low-cost / in-house fresh water source resulting in lower external water consumption

Aquaporin Asia’s forward osmosis technology is developed in a 3-year R&D project (1301-IRIS-02). The project is supported by Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) with a grant of 2.5 million SGD under its Environment & Water Research Programme and administered by PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency. The aim of the project is to scale-up the Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology for industrial test-bedding.