Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis Modules

Hollow fiber forward osmosis modules

An innovative water filter technology, 3.8 billion years in the making. Our Aquaporin Inside® hollow fiber forward osmosis biomimetic membranes use natural aquaporins to improve water reuse and concentration processes, with low back diffusion and using only osmotic pressure.
Waste minimiation (ZLD)
(thermo-sensitive concentration)
Resource recovery
Water reuse

Available module sizes



Suitable for industrial installations
Fiber ID 0.2 mm
13.8 m2 membrane area
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Suitable for application development and pilot trials
Fiber ID 0.2 mm
2.3 m2  membrane area
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Forward osmosis - the most frequently asked questions

Forward osmosis is increasingly being used in a range of water treatment applications, from food and beverage production to heavy industry. Here are answers to a few common questions about the process.

How HFFO membrane works

Aquaporin Inside® forward osmosis is a gentle process that transports water across a semi-permeable biomimetic membrane covered in a thin layer of aquaporins. As natural water filters, the aquaporins act like a super-highway, letting water pass through, while rejecting contaminants. Our membranes are highly selective, making them ideal for the production of concentrates such as coffee, fruit juice and dyes, as well as for difficult wastewater and zero or minimal liquid discharge applications.

Aquaporin Inside

All of our products contain aquaporins, the proteins responsible for transporting and purifying water in all living cells. Billions of years of evolution have made aquaporins super-efficient and super-selective, far better than any man-made water filter.

By incorporating aquaporins into our biomimetic membranes, we enable you to tailor-clean water faster and more energy-efficiently than ever before.

Recycle more water with forward osmosis

When recycling industrial wastewater, your ability to remove contaminants from the permeate is essential for the quality of the recycled water. And Forward Osmosis (FO) is an excellent method for separating water from dissolved solutes. By using natural osmotic pressure as the driving force, a forward osmosis system transports water through a filtration membrane while retaining all other compounds in the feed stream. An osmotic pressure gradient across the semipermeable membrane delivers the driving force to facilitate water transport from the feed solution (low osmotic pressure) to the draw solution (high osmotic pressure).
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A more sustainable approach to industrial wastewater management

Industrial wastewater management faces pressing problems such as water scarcity, pollution and insufficient water reuse. Around the world governments, industries and consumers are pushing for greener solutions that limit the use of water in industrial applications and processes. From textiles to pharmaceuticals and heavy industry, our Aquaporin Inside® membranes are simple and cost-efficient way to streamline your water recovery processes and step up your industrial water reuse.

Whatever your industrial wastewater challenge, our technology and expertise can help you improve water recovery rates, simplify your effluent treatment – and lower your CAPEX (capital expenses) and OPEX (operating expenses).

Test your application
at our FO lab

Want to test our membrane in your application before you commit? No problem. You can use our lab for your proof-of-principle studies – for faster, cheaper and more reliable forward osmosis evaluation.
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Benefits of forward osmosis

Reduce your water use
Very high rejection rates significantly increase permeate water quality - for a more sustainable reuse of water and lower disposal costs. 
Treat challenging waste streams
High efficiency enables you to handle higher levels of COD (chemical oxygen demand) and TDS (total dissolved solids) than other technologies on the market. 
Enjoy low installation costs
Easily retrofit our membranes on existing effluent treatment processes to streamline your industrial wastewater treatment with lower CAPEX compared to other technologies.
Minimize maintenance and downtime
Shutting down for maintenance due to fouling and scaling is a constant challenge for industrial wastewater management. Reduced fouling means less cleaning and fewer interruptions in your industrial wastewater treatment.
Step up your capacity with smaller footprint
With land prices at a premium, having to devote more space for your wastewater treatment process can be a costly proposition. High flux rates enable you to process more industrial wastewater, without increasing your physical footprint.
Turn your waste into profit
Capture precious materials in your wastewater - such as nutrients, metals or Glauber's salt (sodium sulfate decahydrate) from textile production - for recycling or reuse.
Meet industry requirements - and your own environmental targets
Stringent regulation on the use and reuse of water in industries is a growing trend. With our forward osmosis membranes in your industrial effluent treatment, you can minimize the steps needed to fulfill internal and external requirements.

Where are hollow fiber forward osmosis membranes used?

Naturally pure or with a touch of yeast – how do you like your water? From brewing to microelectronics, our Aquaporin Inside® water filter membranes are improving water re-use in a wide range of industries and applications. Here are some of the great things our customers are doing with our membranes.
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The hunt for a potent solution for micropollutants

In a project with BIOFOS, Denmark’s largest water utility, Aquaporin demonstrates that forward osmosis can improve micropollutant removal from municipal wastewater while also opening up additional revenue opportunities for utilities. Most municipal wastewater treatment plants simply don’t have the technology installed to remove all microplastics or micropollutants from wastewater. Even in Denmark – one of […]

Aquaporin proves itself in the pharma industry

When it comes to purification, you can’t get much more demanding than the pharmaceutical industry. Our participation in the DiViNe project shows our technology can meet pharma’s exacting requirements, while also reducing water consumption in purification processes. The EU-sponsored DiViNe project brought together six companies to find a solution to a global problem: How to […]

Forward Water proves economic viability of forward osmosis Zero Liquid Discharge

Forward Water Technologies’ industrial-scale pilot plant proves that low-cost Zero Liquid Discharge water treatment is now economically viable – thanks to a novel two-phase forward osmosis process and Aquaporin Inside® Forward Osmosis membranes. Deep in the oil & gas heartlands of Alberta, Canada, Forward Water is doing something that could change the water treatment landscape […]
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Is forward osmosis right for your wastewater treatment process?
Try out our assessment tool

To give you an indication of whether FO is the right choice for your (or your client's) process, we have designed this simple online assessment. You answer a few questions and learn whether FO is right for your treatment process.
Of course, there are many variables when it comes to industrial wastewater management, so it will only serve as a guideline.

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