TMW establishes an office in UAE to introduce new generation of desalination and wastewater treatment units
- United Arab Emirates: Sunday, February 03 - 2013 at 13:28
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TMW's MHD technology stands out from more commonly used techniques such as reverse osmosis and mechanical steam compression. Energy-efficient and maintenance-free, the MHD technology is viable for users of all kinds. It offers numerous benefits as well. The process itself generates 80% of the thermal energy needed: the heat produced during evaporation is used to heat the seawater to be desalinated.
Its design eliminates moving parts and doesn't require any sensitive technology, such as electronics, pneumatics, membrane systems, vacuum or compressor systems, etc. These latter two arguments make it clear why no maintenance is needed.
"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.
Added Satgé, "Our process isn't limited to treating seawater—it can be applied to ANY type of industrial effluent from the moment it contains water."
As a result, a separate version of the module, known as ECOSTILL, has won wide favour for industrial applications, thanks to both its economic and environmental appeal. Canon, the internationally known Japanese group, was TMW's first customer. The demineralized water extracted from polluted effluent is channelled back into the industrial process for re-use.
Said Satgé, "Whether in France or Ouagadougou, we're preserving water as the critical natural resource that it is." The company 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 project will involve 'building a facility in Ouagadougou that processes 2,000 litres per day'—a capacity that may seem small, but is tailored to local needs. The lack of maintenance was clearly a very strong argument in the project's favour.
The UAE is an obvious location for us:
-It provides access to a potential market of 2 billion inhabitants
-It has limited water resources that need to be protected by any means possible
-It's seeing genuine industrial development that Europe is largely unaware of
-The region offers a favourable climate for entrepreneurs and innovation
-It brings us closer to all of the neighbouring regions, from the Middle East to Asia.
"How could we stay away from one of the strongest new growth hubs in the world," said Thierry Satgé. "We couldn't hesitate: if you want to be active in a market, you need to have a presence there every day and be accessible to your customers, especially when they're ready to put their trust in you regarding an innovative solution," he added.
TMW-ME will be our beachhead for growth in the Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and even beyond. Business Developer Thomas Jacquet is based in the area full time to respond to a growing level of need, given the health standards and industrial development in this economic region.
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