The nature-inspired Aquaporin Inside® technology gets its uniqueness from combining no less than three disciplines from the world of natural sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics.
The result is high-performing and energy-saving water purification that is merciless to contaminants.
Aquaporin proteins are specialist water channels, existing in the membrane of all living cells. They can be found in every living organism, from plants and animals to human beings, and they are essential to all life on Earth.
Without aquaporins there would be no life on Earth.
Placed within the cell membrane, aquaporin proteins transport water – and only water – in and out of the cell. Billions of years of evolution have made them extremely efficient and highly selective, like a superhighway for water.
Essentially, aquaporin proteins are far better than any manmade water filter. One square meter of synthetic manmade membrane can filter around 50 liters of water per hour. One gram of aquaporins can filter 700 liters per second.
This natural technology is incorporated into all our products to enable fast, energy-efficient, and natural water filtration such as:
In simple terms, traditional synthetic water filtration membranes are dense polymeric sheets containing tiny holes. These holes are micron-to-nanometer size and only allow very small particles to pass through. In contrast, Aquaporin Inside® membranes harness nature’s tremendous capability for selective molecule transport.
The membranes mimic the outside of a cell with aquaporin proteins in a stabilizing membrane layer.
Thanks to their specialized natural architecture, these aquaporin proteins allow water to pass through. This makes them faster and more selective than traditional synthetic water filtration membranes.
Aquaporin Inside® membranes are commercially available as flat sheet or hollow fiber, for both forward osmosis (FO) and reverse osmosis (RO) applications.
A drop of water looks clean and pure until you take a closer look.
Watch our technology film and follow us into the world of aquaporin proteins. See how water is transported in and out of the cells through the aquaporin proteins – and how we apply the proteins to our technology.
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