Products & Technology

EthorCEL® for High Purity water Recycling


Exergy’s EthorCEL® is our first patented platform for point of use (high purity) recovery and reuse of high purity water, in high technology applications. EthorCEL® recovers 90% of the incoming feed rinse water, removing 99% of the incoming impurities at 1/3 of the cost of conventional water purification technologies.

Benefits:
  • Compact and space saving skids
  • Separation of water and chemicals
  • “One-step operation”
  • Continuous water purification
  • No chemicals used for regeneration
Features:
  • Clean (electrochemical) technology
  • Low maintenance
  • High recovery rate
  • Low total dissolved solids (TDS) product water
  • Cost-effective water purification
  • Option to recycle chemicals
  • Custom designed for special operations
Applications:
Exergy’s EthorCEL® systems provide superior separation of ionic process solutions from wastewater and process water in high tech applications such as: semiconductor, disk drive, printed circuit boards, aerospace, metal finishing, pharmaceuticals and power applications.

These technology is implemented in the following manner:
  • Direct recovery of electrolytes from active rinses
  • Recovery and recycling of process water and wastewater in industrial applications
 

EthorCEL® - Technology Platform


EthorCEL® is based on Advanced Electrodeionization (AEDI) technology which remove ionizable constituents from water using ion exchange membranes, ion exchange resins,
and a DC electrical potential. AEDI provides two technologies in one module: electrodialysis and ion exchange. Ion exchange membranes separate an ion exchange mixed bed from electrodes. The ion exchange resins remove ionic matter from process water, the electrodes provide electro-regeneration of the resin when energized by a DC rectifier.

The EthorCEL® modules are designed and built to ensure the purification of low TDS process water instead of using a mixed-bed filter. A TDS reduction to more than 99% can be accomplished with a standard EthorCEL® skid. For the continuous rinsing of the EthorCEL® module, conductive process water can be used and recirculated, so that no additional wastewater is generated. The resulting effluent from the EthorCEL® rinsing is a low TDS liquid/gas mixture and the gas coming from the electrodes must be bled into the atmosphere. The described process provides a yield of 100% for EthorCEL®. The energy requirement for the different EthorCEL® modules is 0.8 to 1.6 kWh/1,000 gallons of high-purity water. This depends on various process parameters such as process water quality, EthorCEL® rinse feed quality and temperature. The applied DC voltage is normally between 100 and 300V depending on the type of the modules. The modules are connected electrically in parallel mode in order to keep the voltage as low as possible, independent from the system capacity (gpm). The quality of the water produced by EthorCEL® depends on the process water quality. The specific resistivity of the purified water from process water with 12 ppm TDS quality or less than 20 S/cm at nominal capacity is almost 18.2 megaohm-cm. The diluate quality is only influenced at higher permeate conductivity.

EthorCEL® - Detailed Process Description


There are two distinct operating areas for EthorCEL® devices: enhanced transfer and electro-regeneration. In the enhanced transfer area, the resins within the device remain in the salt forms. In this area, the transport mechanism is ion exchange on the resin surfaces. The second operating area for EthorCEL® devices is known as the electro-regeneration area. This area is characterized by the continuous regeneration of resins by electrically induced water-splitting reactions. The resins are “regenerated” to their hydrogen and hydroxide forms and this allows EthorCEL® devices to transport compounds that ionize at pH values different from that of the water to be purified.

The EthorCEL® devices operating in the electro-regeneration area can remove weakly ionized compounds by internally creating conditions favorable to ionization reactions. For AEDI mixed-bed devices, the primary objective of operating in the electro-regeneration area is to remove weakly ionized compounds, such as carbonic and silicic acids, and to remove weakly ionized organic compounds. In the electro-regeneration area, the resins in the ion depleting compartments remain conductive either because they are in the regenerated ionic forms, or because the solutes entering them that are relatively nonconductive in the water become conductive under the pH conditions within the resin beads.
 




PurOxys™ for Acid Recycling


Exergy’s PurOxys™ is a state-of-the-art technology that uses ion exchange membranes to purify and recycle used or spent industrial acids. The membranes are installed in single or multiple stacks that are supported in a plate and frame structure. Exergy’s patent pending “one-piece” membrane spacers creates compartments with appropriate cell distances for optimum diffusion. Counter-current streams of spent acid and deionized water alternate through the cells. Free acid is transported from the spent acid stream into the deionized water stream. This stream (diffusate) is recovered acid for reuse in the process. The metals in the feed spent acid are rejected, and are carried as the dialysate, creating a waste stream for metal recovery or treatment.

Features:
  • Patent pending "one-piece spacer technology allows for rapid and efficient mass transfer
  • Use of natural gravity flow to achieve separation
  • Uses (5.4% in volume) water to remove contaminants to central waste treatment or metal recovery
  • Fully automatic and continuous operation
  • Chemical resistant membranes that last up to five years for typical applications
  • Acid feed filtration cid and contaminants and constant flow rates to membrane stack
Benefits:
  • Recycles 80-95% of used or spent acid, resulting in reduced acid consumption and treatment
  • Rejects metals at 95%, allowing baths to be used without need for dumping
  • Eliminates need for concentrated acid waste treatment and disposal
  • Lowers by half the energy requirements in anodizing baths
Applications:
  • Maintenance and recycling of HNO3/HF for etching baths used in stainless steel processing
  • Reclamation of H2SO4 and HCl for etching steel
  • Reclamation of H2SO4 for anodizing processes
  • Regeneration of battery acids
  • Recovery of H2SO4/HNO3 and H2SO4/HCl for etching non- ferrous
The technology is not suitable to handle acids in concentrations higher than 40%. In some instances, due to formation of metal complexes (such as zinc chloride), the separation of acid and metal ions are not possible. In addition, the technology is not designed to handle feed acid temperatures above 130ºF (40ºC).

PurOxys™ Technology Platform


Exergy’s PurOxys™ is based on the Diffusion Dialysis technology, which is a state-of-the-art technology that uses ion exchange membranes to recycle used or spent industrial acids. The membranes are installed in single or multiple stacks that is supported in a plate and frame structure. Exergy’s patent pending “one-piece” membrane spacers creates compartments with appropriate cell distances for optimum diffusion. Counter-current streams of spent acid and deionized water alternate through the cells. Free acid is transported from the spent acid stream into the deionized water stream. This stream (diffusate) is recovered acid for reuse in the process. The metals in the feed spent acid are rejected, and are carried as the dialysate, creating a waste stream for metal recovery or treatment.

The membranes require occasional replacement every three to five years, depending on the applications, and process requirements.

Exergy’s PurOxys™ systems are modular; skid- mounted, and may be fully automated.

The system includes high-quality, heavy-duty components:
  • Automated level controls for storage tanks
  • Automated flow meters for feed streams
  • Acid pre-filtration
  • Membrane stack
Exergy’s PurOxys™ skids can be customized with optional components, and custom PurOxys™ systems can be provided to meet special plant requirements.

Simple System configuration illustrates passage of acid through ion selective membrane material and rejection of metal salts. Diffusate is the recovered acid product that is recycled. Dialysate is the water carrying metals salts to wastewater treatment or recycling.
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