German wastewater recycling company Membion secures €5 million in funding. DeepTech & Climate Fonds (DTCF) and TechVision Fonds (TVF) headed this round. Membrane bioreactor (MBR) modules for wastewater treatment are developed and manufactured by the firm.
Operators of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants can fulfil the increasing expectations for water quality while achieving significant cost savings thanks to the multi-patented technology.
Membion intends to utilise the funds for expanding its market reach, establishing new production facilities, and creating new features for its products.
Dr. Klaus Vossenkaul, CEO of Membion said, “Our customers want and need to achieve higher water quality, but often don’t have enough space to expand their wastewater treatment plant. If they convert these to our Membion MBR modules, the bacterial load of the wastewater can be reduced by a factor of 1,000 compared to a conventional plant. Compared to conventional MBR plate modules, 75 percent less space is required, In addition, our MBR modules are aerated in a revolutionary way, reducing the energy required to flush the filters by more than 90 percent compared to MBR plate modules.”
Sewage treatment plants will require more room in order to retrofit a filtration step in order to satisfy these future requirements. In addition, additional water filtration capacity is needed as metropolitan areas increase.
A highly automated, scalable production unit is featured in Membion’s self-developed production plant. Operators of industrial water treatment facilities and municipal wastewater treatment facilities are the target market.
Björn Lang said, “We see Membion as the future technology leader in a dynamically growing international market,” , the responsible partner at TVF Management GmbH. “Membion aims to revolutionize wastewater treatment, align it with the needs of future generations and at the same time make it much more economical.”
Dr. Elisabeth Schrey, Managing Director of the DTCF, added: “Both established wastewater systems and new industrial water applications need innovations to use the valuable resource of water responsibly. I am delighted that we can support such an experienced entrepreneur in Klaus Vossenkaul, and we share his vision of energy-saving water recycling.”
Vossenkaul said, “Climate change, water scarcity and the increasing intensity of agriculture mean that more and more water must be available in good quality. In future, operators will have to pay fines under German and European legislation if they do not meet these quality standards, As a result, wastewater treatment plants must become even more efficient. The patented Membion technology makes this possible.”
Membrane bioreactors (MBR) are the area of expertise for membrane maker Membion when it comes to treating wastewater. Membion’s novel membrane modules are specifically engineered to function submerged in the sludge of biological sewage treatment plants.