As global concern about industrial pollution
grows, increasingly stringent environmental regulations are being
imposed on the discharge, treatment and disposal of industrial effluents.
While this can mean significant cost increases for producers, it
has also served as an impetus in the development of new recovery
and purification processes. The separation and removal of acids
from waste effluents is now both a means of waste purification and
a way to recover a marketable product.
This project was aimed at developing an advanced
membrane system for separating acid from ester, replacing the less
efficient and less environmentally friendly traditional distillation
process. The recovered products can be reused in the production
of a variety of chemical substances at affordable costs.
The prime project partner has already
achieved a cumulated turnover of over 3 million euro through sales
of recovered products. For some applications, the company is now
the sole supplier.