Juan Pablo Negroni | Country Manager, Chile | September 26, 2021
Water is a crucial resource in the mining process. With mines often located in remote and dry areas, a sustainable supply of water is vital. However, despite improved efficiencies, mining companies have been facing challenges in procuring water sources. The challenges intensify when mining companies use the ground and surface water that local communities rely on for their domestic use. This often results in protests, public scrutiny, and stricter environmental regulations.
In June 2021, mining group BHP agreed to pay compensation for environmental damage due to overdrawing water from the Punta Negra salt flat for its Escondida mine. The Escondida mine now draws 100% of its water from the sea and passes it through a desalination plant.
Mining companies have been facing challenges in procuring water sourcesRead more
Nilly Maik | Head of Marketing | September 19, 2021
Water is a precious commodity that was once available almost free of cost, especially for industrial use. This is no longer the case. Water is no longer free for people or for industry and has, in fact, become so costly and/or scarce for industry that it is now considered the same as any other raw material.
Water is used for multiple purposes in all types of industries, and the vast majority ends up as industrial wastewater. The release of this wastewater back into the environment creates a significant footprint, and discharge regulations are becoming ever more stringent. It is of paramount importance that we make every effort to reduce the use of purchased water and/or water from natural sources, and treat wastewater to make it reusable or, at least, safer to discharge into the environment.
What is Industrial Wastewater Reuse and Recycling?
Whether you call it reuse, reclamation, or recycling, it all comes down to the same thing – using water more than once.
When talking about industrial water reuse, there is often a slight differentiation between reusing and recycling - reuse is the process by which wastewater produced from one source is treated to be reused in the same process, and recycled is the process by which the wastewater is treated to be recycled for another process. For many industries, the costs of new water and the regulations regarding the disposal of wastewater, are the main incentives driving the search for effective and efficient reuse technologies.Read more
Tomer Efrat | Director, Business Development & Product Management | August 15, 2021
There is no industry that will deny wanting to reduce its industrial wastewater treatment costs if asked, but most need a driving force to actually make the changes. There are three main forces driving industries to search for new water treatment approaches and/or technologies – the cost and availability of water, the cost of effluent disposal, and the need to comply with ever stricter environmental regulations governing the discharge of industrial effluents.
These factors have made it critical for industries to implement technologies to reduce the amount of fresh water withdrawn from natural sources and effluent discharged to the environment, and reduce the operational cost of water treatment while complying with regulations. There is a growing need to maximize effluent treatment recovery and reuse of water in the industrial facility while minimizing disposal costs.Read more
Lior Eshed | Product Development Manager | July 28, 2021
Limited water resources combined with the growing demand for freshwater, changing weather patterns and wastewater discharge concerns have made water reuse a growing focus for industries and municipalities in recent years.Read more
Tomer Efrat | Director, Business Development & Product Management | June 23, 2021
MAXH2O DESALTER implementation in brackish water reverse osmosis desalination plants can push brine recovery up to 98%
MAXH2O DESALTER, IDE’s brine treatment technology, aims to significantly reduce brine reject from both brackish water desalination plants and industrial effluents, while ensuring a more durable and efficient process.Read more
Gal Zohar | CEO IDE Assets | August 19, 2020
Optimize Performance & Operation Using an End-to-End Smart Management Program
The Problem - Lack of Insight into Critical Parameters
As with any industrial facility, seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) and brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) desalination plants are prone to the occasional wear and tear.Read more
Matan Alper | Product Manager & Industrial Water Treatment specialist | June 2, 2020
IDE Technologies’ MAXH2O Desalter for Mining
As water scarcity continues to grow more severe and environmental water treatment regulations are in flux, it’s critical for the mining industry to implement technologies that will reduce operational cost of water treatments and meet the required environmental targets.
Gregory Shtelman | Project Manager | November 19, 2019
Although historically desalination has had negative impacts, newer sustainable methods of desalination are emerging. Sustainable, eco-friendly and cost-effective desalination doesn’t begin and end with technological advancement. Its scope needs to stretch beyond traditional limits for it to offer a genuinely comprehensive solution in a reality of increasing uncertainty regarding climate and natural resources. Let’s take a look at the ecological and economic significance of pairing eco-friendly desalination with renewable energy resources & responsible effluent management, that together ensure a truly sustainable water future.Read more
Roi Zaken Porat | Project Manager, IDE Technologies | September 9, 2019
Efficient wastewater management and disposal is the cornerstone of sustainable development. With increasingly stringent regulations on the discharge of effluents to the sea, surface water bodies and deep well injection, Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) systems provides a complete closed loop cycle where effluents are recycled and reused, discharge is eliminated and environmental regulations are complied with in full.Read more
Dr. Boris Liberman | CTO and Vice President, IDE Technologies | August 28, 2019
Alexander Zarchin (1897-1988) was a Ukrainian-born Israeli engineer and passionate inventor, with many remarkable developments in chemistry and physics under his wing. After emigrating from Russia to Israel in 1947, he became one of the pioneers of seawater desalination in Israel, and was also the inventor of Vacuum Freezing Vapor Compression - or VFVC - a freeze desalination method for seawater (read more about “The Zarchin Process” below).Read more