Saving Energy, Water & Money with Efficient Water Treatment Technologies

In every corner of the globe, from developing countries to industrialized nations, clean water is essential to sustain life. From providing hydration and nourishment, to lighting up our cities and manufacturing goods, water is the lifeblood of human progress. Population growth leading to an increase in water requirements will also necessitate increased energy requirements, and water and energy are inseparable – water is required to make use of energy, and energy is required to make use of water. The lack of technology, poor management or inefficiencies in one area can affect the sustainability of the other. Continue reading

Foodservice Disposables Market Increasing By Leaps & Bounds

Increasingly fast-paced lifestyles, urbanization trends, growth in take away food spending, and expansion in the limited service restaurant sector are some factors increasing the demand for foodservice disposables. The global foodservice disposables market is experiencing rapid growth, linked to growing online food ordering and home delivery services, according to a report by Persistence Market Research. Increasing consumer concern regarding hygiene is the most important factor driving the growth of the disposable food containers industry. Along with hygiene, comes the convenience of carrying food in lightweight packaging. For a better understanding and analysis of the industry, the market has been segmented on the basis of raw material, product type, end use and region. Foodservice disposables provide restaurants and institutions with a myriad variety of attractive and functional designs for packaging. Continue reading

Earth Moving Machinery Market Steadily Growing Globally

The first nine months of 2016 saw sales around the world of 496,500 earth moving machines, 5,000 less (-1 percent) compared to the same period in 2015. The setback was particularly in the first quarter, while there was better overall stability in following months. The period January-September saw performances emerging markets stand out, with China (+8 percent) and India (+31 percent), and a good result in Western Europe (+11 percent). Setbacks were seen in North America (-3 percent) and Japan (-24 percent). Continue reading

Hybrid Desalination Systems: A Solution to Energy & Environmental Challenges

The hybrid desalting concept is the combination of two or more processes in order to provide better environmental solutions and a lower water cost product than either alone can provide. Early suggestions for hybrid desalination were based upon elimination of the requirement for a second pass to the RO process so that the higher-salinity RO product could be combined with the better-quality product from an MSF or MED plant. This is the simplest application of hybrid desalination. Since then, other concepts have been proposed for hybrid desalination. Today, although RO can produce potable TDS in one pass, blending allows a simple solution where national standards require low levels of boron. The hybrid system received significant attention recently with implementation of desalination and power plants at Fujairah I and Fujairah II in UAE, Ras Al -Khair in Saudi Arabia, SWRO expansion plants in Fujairah I and Az-Zour South in Kuwait and current ongoing competition for hybrid of power and MSF-RO or MED-RO desalination for Az Zour North phase 2 in Kuwait. While various hybrid concepts have been explored, this article focuses on the combination of distillation and membrane processes with power generation and the hybridization with renewable energy sources. Hybrid offers many additional advantages including the opportunity to better align demand for combined water and power production, reduce energy consumption, increased recovery and further minimize environmental impacts of power/desalination plants. With formation of Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance-“H20- CO2” hybrid combinations with renewable energy become focus of extensive research and development. Continue reading

Digital Sorting: The Evolution of Intelligence

Symbiotic relationships between industry-leading equipment manufacturers and their customers fuel innovation. Driven by food processors looking to solve problems and generate more value from their digital sorters, the capabilities of this technology continue to grow. To better optimize product quality, maximize yields and increase automation, new solutions are continually being developed to offer early adopters a competitive edge. Today’s sophisticated digital sorters are smarter than ever before. They feature more powerful computers that can process increasing volumes of data faster, supporting the development of more powerful software that achieves new functionality. This white paper focuses on the evolution of sorting intelligence, highlighting the most recent software-driven advancements that are increasing the value of digital sorters. Continue reading

Marble Market Thrives in the Mena Region

Stone has played an important role in construction and architecture throughout history. The main types of stones consist of marble, granite and other natural stones. A report published by Ventures Middle East states that marble, a metamorphosed limestone, is a naturally green material and is suitable for applications in sustainable building. It has a highly decorative appearance and is durable, chemical resistant and easy to maintain. Recently, marble has been used in green buildings in the GCC, Lebanon and Egypt due to its eco-friendly properties. Continue reading

Energy-Efficient Aeration in Focus

If energy-efficient Aeration is not your priority – even when it is well documented that Aeration accounts for a pretty staggering 50-70 percent of a treatment plant’s power consumption – then please, turn the page. Historically, and still to this day – the well-worn ‘handbook’ for determining the SCFM (standard cubic feet per minute) for the use of Fine Bubble Diffused Air Systems in an Activated Sludge Process says something along the lines of: Calculate the air flow required for the oxygen demand. Then, calculate the air flow required for mixing. Use the greater of those two numbers to size your blower. That’s it! But, according to two companies with more than 170 years’ experience between them, it may be time to tear up that handbook, or with more and more treatment plants now on a path towards becoming energy neutral, at least bring it into the 21st century. Continue reading

Global Food Additives to Surpass USD65 Billion by 2022

The global population is growing at a rate of 1.14 percent. The increasing calorie intake per capita is leading to substantial increase in the global food production. Growing urbanization and changing lifestyles are driving demand for convenience and packaged foods. The packaged food industry recorded USD2.46 trillion in retail sales for the year 2016. In the processed and packaged foods, ensuring food safety and quality starting from transportation to farm to fork and storage facilities is a major concern. To meet this demand, food additives are used. Food additives which are used to enhance the taste, color, texture of food, same time maintaining the freshness and nutritional content, are expected to cross USD65 billion by 2022; growing at a CAGR of 5.5 percent from 2017 and 2022. Continue reading

Roads & Bridges Market: Smart Solutions on the Way

The introduction of automated vehicles has increased the risk of unpredictability in the smarter world – smart roads and bridges are the addressed solutions for these uncertainties. Smart roads are considered the future roads that assist drivers in understanding the incidents happening on the roads such as traffic congestion, breakdowns, and repair situations in advance. In the same way, smart bridges are those which are technologically advanced and alert the respectable maintenance department for any uncertainties prior to their occurrence. The smart roads and bridges market is expected to become one of the emerging markets in the next 5 years. The sensors and GPS trackers are the major end-products being adopted during the construction of smart roads and bridges. This opportunity has resulted in the increase of sensor companies to hugely invest in the technological innovations in the sensor industry. As for now, there is an increased interest by governments for adopting smart technologies in building roads and bridges, offering companies to come up with new innovative ideas to grab the market share and stand out from the competitive industry. Continue reading

Industrial Filtration Market Worth USD 30.78 Billion by 2021

Today, countries around the world are witnessing a rapid surge in industrial activities. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, industrial water is the fastest growing sector of the global water market. The market for industrial water treatment technologies, as per a GWI report, is expected to be worth more than USD11 billion in 2020. On the basis of technology, the industrial filtration market is projected to grow from an estimated USD22.91 billion in 2016 to USD30.78 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 6.1 percent from 2016 to 2021, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets. Liquid filtration is estimated to hold a large market share, as it is being widely used for the treatment of supply water in water & wastewater treatment facilities, especially in emerging economies. Continue reading