Clean water technology to help food processors reuse wastewater

Honeywell UOP’s novel wastewater treatment technology will be used to help a fresh-cut fruit and vegetables company treat wastewater.

The company is delivering its modular XCeed bioreactor technology as part of a system to remove biological oxygen demand (BOD) from water that was used to clean and process fresh produce. The unit will treat roughly 150,000 gallons per day and return that water for reuse or for discharge, based on local discharge standards.

The company’s XCeed bioreactor technology removes organic and inorganic contaminants to help industrial, manufacturing and groundwater remediation facilities meet contaminant removal specifications for wastewater reuse or discharge. The modular technology was selected over other technologies due to its low sludge generation, greater energy efficiency and operational simplicity.

“Honeywell UOP is delivering this project as a modular turn-key solution, which is delivered quickly, and is less expensive and more reliable than field-constructed units,” said Ken Stacherski, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties business.

“With more than 50 successful installations, the XCeed bioreactor system is a reliable and cost-effective solution for food and beverage companies, chemical and textile manufacturers, refinery and petrochemical facilities, and groundwater remediation to meet increasingly strict wastewater regulations and reuse requirements worldwide.”

The company’s expertise in bioreactor design, applied microbiology and process control makes possible extended biomass retention time, which improves the removal of organics and other targeted contaminants. As a result, through multiple applications over the last 25 years, the XCeed system has been shown to produce as much as 80 percent less sludge, consumes up to half as much energy and requires less maintenance and operator supervision than conventional technologies.

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