CEMBRANE’S SIC MEMBRANE SOLVES PROBLEMS FOR THE WATER STRESSED VINEYARDS IN THE FAMOUS NAPA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY IN CALIFORNIA

Earlier this year, Cembrane’s SiC ceramic flat sheet membranes was commissioned inside a Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) wastewater treatment facility at a vineyard in Napa Valley California. The wastewater is particularly difficult to treat, due to large variations in the pH from alkaline to acidic in the biological process. The SiC ceramic flat sheet membranes is an essential part of the MBR wastewater treatment process that enables the winery to recycle their waste on-site.

Recycling of wastewater at wineries in Napa Valley is a hot topic due to the widespread water shortage in the region. The treatment plant allows the winery to treat all of its wastewater onsite and hence eliminate the need for hauling its wastewater. Hauling wastewater is expensive and a growing concern for the area, as an increasing number of wineries hauls winery wastewater out of the county.

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Sebastian Andreassen