SINGAPORE — memsys®, a developer of a breakthrough thermal separation process based on membrane distillation, and Horizon Environmental Technology Ltd. have entered into a pilot plant agreement for a coal-to-chemical (CTX) project in northern China, according to a press release.

Horizon, a leading water and wastewater technology company in China, will use memsys’ membrane distillation (MD) technology to further concentrate the wastewater or brine solution from upstream unit processes so that the capital investment and operating cost of the downstream Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology can be significantly reduced, reported the release.

The pilot trial is due to commence in May 2014, the release noted.

“We're very excited to be working together with Horizon to solve one of China's most serious water problems. memsys technology is proven in converting several other industrial effluents to pure drinking water of the highest quality. We aim to have a major positive impact on the Chinese CTX water environment,” said Götz Lange, memsys’ chief operating officer.

Michael Tian, general manager of Horizon added, “After evaluating several technologies, we have selected membrane distillation technology for treating and concentrating of this wastewater from CTX processing plants. By incorporating memsys MD system into our overall treatment process, we can provide a cost effective solution to solve the wastewater problem facing the CTX industry in China.”