Honeywell UOP Water Technology to Help Food Processor Cut Freshwater Use 75%

by | Nov 1, 2016

honeywell-uop-bioreactorHoneywell UOP’s wastewater treatment technology will help a food processor reduce its freshwater use by about 75 percent through recycling and reuse of process water.

A Honeywell UOP spokesperson said the customer, a fresh-cut fruit and vegetables company, wishes to remain anonymous. The company will install a 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.

Honeywell UOP would not answer questions about the product’s cost, or how quickly the food processor expects to see a return on investment. The customer chose the modular technology over other technologies due to its low sludge generation, greater energy efficiency and operational simplicity.

Multiple applications over the last 25 years have proved that the XCeed system produces as much as 80 percent less sludge, consumes up to half as much energy and requires less maintenance and operator supervision than conventional technologies, Honeywell UOP said.

In a statement, Honeywell UOP vice president Ken Stacherski said the modular XCeed bioreactor technology is “less expensive and more reliable than field-constructed units,” adding that it can help industrial, manufacturing and groundwater remediation facilities meet contaminant removal specifications for wastewater reuse or discharge.

“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,” Stacherski said.

Earlier this year HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining said it will use Honeywell UOP’s XCeed bioreactor technology to remove selenium from wastewater at its 52,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Cheyenne, Wyoming. At the time, the refinery expected the unit to process about 1 million gallons per day of wastewater when it came online.

Biotechnology company Cambrian Innovation also produces wastewater treatment technology that can help industrial customers comply with waterwater discharge regulations while generating clean energy and clean water for reuse.

Earlier this year Cambrian installed its EcoVolt Reactor at Bear Republic Brewing Company in Cloverdale, California. The EcoVolt is helping the brewery reduce its wastewater treatment costs and electricity bills. After four months of operation, it currently supports Bear Republic’s annual production of 82,000 barrels per year, treating 100 percent of their wastewater onsite.


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