Aquaporin A/S, developer of biomimetic membranes for industrial and consumer water applications, has announced that it has formally signed a joint development agreement with Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH, leading manufacturer of tubular membranes for the filtration and separation of industrial process streams and wastewater. The agreement initiates commercial efforts, wherein both companies will leverage their respective expertise in forward osmosis (FO) and tubular membrane technologies, to launch products targeted for high-strength industrial wastewater and food and beverage process streams.

This is the next stage in a previously announced cooperation between Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes to develop breakthrough membrane technologies. While further details are yet to be released about the dually-branded tubular FO membrane line, both companies are committed to bringing products to market in 2018.

“We are eager to introduce our innovative FO tubular membrane modules into the market,” said Eric Wildeboer, CEO of Berghof Membrane Technology. “Developing innovative filtration solutions to minimize energy consumption, maximize water reuse and recover valuable resources is the core of Berghof Membranes. This new agreement fits perfectly in-line with our company’s mission to create a cleaner environment and provide the best solutions for sustainable industrial growth.”

“We are excited to be taking the next step in commercializing the world’s first tubular FO membrane modules,” said Peter Holme Jensen, CEO of Aquaporin A/S. “These modules will extend the Aquaporin Inside® FO technology platform and open new opportunities in treating challenging process and wastewater streams.”

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