New ED


 Advanced bipolar membrane processes for remediation of highly saline waste water streams

Grant Agreement No 227004
EC Grant 1,163,159 €
Project duration 01/06/2009 - 31/05/2012
Coordinator and contact RWTH Aachen - Thomas Melin



New ED aims at closing industrial water cycles and reducing the amount of waste water streams with highly concentrated salt loads stemming from a broad range of industrial production processes by exploiting the waste components (salts) and transforming them to valuable products. This will be achieved by developing new nanoporous bipolar membranes for electrodialysis using bipolar membranes (EDBM), a new membrane module concept and by integrating this new technology into relevant production processes.



  • Development of advanced bipolar membrane technology for treatment of highly saline process streams
  • Technology integration into real production processes
  • Facilitate better industrial water management, resource utilization and pollution prevention
  • Conversion of waste effluents to valuable products



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) Germany Research, higher education Thomas Melin
University of Twente Science and Technology The Netherlands Research, higher education Zandrie Borneman
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research - ZIWR Israel Research, higher education Rami Messalem
FuMA-Tech GmbH Germany Membrane manufacture, Plant construction Bernd Bauer
Prayon S.A. Belgium Chemical company - Phosphates, fluorine products Philippe Cappelle
Bayer Material Science AG Germany Chemical company - Phosphates, fluorine products Juergen Kintrup