General Electric has completed a new expanded licensing agreement that will allow the company to continue offering High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis (HERO) systems to help more of its industrial customers increase their water-usage efficiency and reuse capacity as the international community works to address mounting shortages of clean water.
The new pact with HERO’s process developer and patent holder Debasish (Deb) Mukhopadhyay allows GE to feature HERO in more of GE’s growing portfolio of advanced-water and wastewater treatment solutions. HERO offers higher recovery of feed water, higher production rates, higher product water quality levels and reduced scaling and fouling compared to conventional RO systems, according to GE.
Under the agreement, GE will hold specific rights to market and manufacture solutions that utilize the HERO technology in key industry segments and applications including the microelectronics, hydrocarbon processing and chemical processing industries.
The HERO process involves operating a RO system at a pH level of 8.5 or higher in conjunction with any combination of two or more of the following process steps in any order: hardness removal, alkalinity removal and dissolved gas removal.
HERO patent holder Mukhopadhyay is a chemical engineer with nearly 40 years of experience developing industrial water/wastewater treatment processes.
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