Top French firm launches desal units in UAE
Dubai, February 4, 2013
TMW, a leading France-based water treatment equipment company, has established an office in Dubai to introduce a new generation of desalination and wastewater treatment units.
TMW’s magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) technology stands out from more commonly used techniques such as reverse osmosis and mechanical steam compression, a company statement said.
Energy-efficient and maintenance-free, it offers numerous benefits as well. The process itself generates 80 per cent of the thermal energy needed: the heat produced during evaporation is used to heat the seawater to be desalinated.
Moreover, the Aquastill module, built entirely of plastic, is fully resistant to seawater corrosion and chemical products, so cleaning the module is a simple task. Its design eliminates moving parts and doesn’t require any sensitive technology, such as electronics, pneumatics, membrane systems, and vacuum and compressor systems.
“The product is mature, with proven reliability and performance,” said Thierry Satgé, president of TMW-ME, a subsidiary of Paris-based parent company TMW. The company installed and activated its equipment on behalf of a variety of clients in 2012.
“Our process isn’t limited to treating seawater—it can be applied to ANY type of industrial effluent from the moment it contains water,” Satgé added.
TMW has been selected by the Schneider Group and France’s Atomic Energy and Alternative Commission (CEA) to deploy a solution for producing both electrical and thermal energy.
“The UAE is an obvious location for us as it provides access to a potential market of two billion inhabitants, has limited water resources that need to be protected by any means possible, the region offers a favourable climate for entrepreneurs and innovation and brings us closer to all of the neighbouring regions, from the Middle East to Asia,” Satgé said.
“TMW-ME will be our beachhead for growth in the Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and even beyond.” – TradeArabia News Service