Fibracast is a global leader in the research, development and manufacturing of advanced membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment. Founded in 2010 by an expert team of water-technology veterans, Fibracast embarked on an intense effort to create the next generation of membrane filtration technology that would improve on the robustness, performance and operational flexibility of existing membrane designs.
Fibracast is a member of the Anaergia group of companies, which specializes in recovering value from waste for the municipal, industrial and agriculture sectors worldwide. Through its proven portfolio of proprietary technology companies, Anaergia’s integrated solutions create value for its customers in the form of clean water and renewable energy.
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Today’s membrane filtration technologies have rapidly become the industry standard for water and wastewater treatment in developed countries because of their exceptional capabilities with removing bacteria, viruses and parasites. However, existing filtration membrane technologies and systems continue to grapple with challenges involving cost, operational efficiency and membrane cleaning requirements.
Founded in 2010 by an expert team of water-technology veterans, Fibracast embarked on an intense research and development effort to create the next generation of membrane filtration technology that would improve on the robustness, performance, and operational flexibility of existing membrane designs.
With support from federal, provincial and municipal governments and agencies in Canada, Fibracast’s extensive development effort resulted in a breakthrough filtration-membrane product — FibrePlate™ — designed to revolutionize membrane filtration for municipal and industrial water and wastewater applications
High-performance and cost-effective FibrePlate™ membrane filtration systems are now being manufactured at Fibracast’s facility located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Serving municipalities, industrial customers and engineering procurement companies around the World, Fibracast is dedicated to making FibrePlate™ the membrane filtration product choice for potable water treatment, wastewater treatment and industrial process water treatment.
First developed in the 1960s, early membrane filtration technologies were considered too expensive and niche solutions for small municipal or industrial water and wastewater treatment applications. However, increasing water scarcity challenges and new regulations in the 1990s created strong demand for membrane filtration development as the best available technology, rapidly boosting the available supply of membrane products while also dramatically reducing costs.
Today’s membrane filtration technologies and products like Fibracast FibrePlate™ compete directly with conventional water and wastewater treatment processes, achieving higher quality water in smaller footprints with reduced chemical use. However, there are significant differences between competing membrane filtration technologies, along with advantages and disadvantages to each type of membrane platform.
Fibracast FibrePlate™ filtration membranes are a unique hybrid-membrane, combining the best features of the most popular hollow-fibre and flat-plate membrane technologies, while offering improved filtration performance, greater strength, extended sustainable flux rate, space-efficiency, optimized cleaning and more — all at a low overall capital and operational cost.
FibrePlate™ hybrid-membranes represent the evolution of membrane technology, combining the best properties of hollow-fiber and flat-sheet membrane technologies. The result is an extremely robust membrane with superior backwash capability and excellent hydraulics.
The basic building block of a FibrePlate™ system is the membrane module. A module consists of multiple membrane plates with permeation headers on either end. Membrane modules are connected together to form a cassette.
Membrane cassette configuration is flexible and allows for use of single, double or triple stack design, depending on facility requirements. All required permeate and air connections are built into the cassette frame, allowing for streamlined insertion and removal from process basins.
A process basin consists of multiple membrane cassettes and is supported by permeate and air pumping equipment.
Air is supplied from the bottom of the membrane cassette to help keep the membrane surface free of debris build-up. The unique design and orientation of the FibrePlate™ system maximizes the flow and mixing of mixed liquor in the process train.
Preventing sludge and fibrous material build-up on the membrane surface is critical. In addition to the optimized membrane orientation, the air creates a beneficial vibration of the membrane plates which further reduces debris settling.
Due to its innovative design, the FibrePlate™ membrane sets a new standard for packing density which results in facility footprints nearly half the size of hollow-fiber based facilities and even smaller over flat sheet membrane systems. The result is significantly reduced capital and operating costs.
Support from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MEDI) and the Government of Canada helped Fibracast to develop its new FibrePlate™ hybrid filtration membrane and establish a new company headquarters and manufacturing plant based in Ancaster, Ontario.
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Official opening of Fibracast’s new manufacturing plant in Ancaster, Ontario, including onsite interviews with Ontario MPP Ted McMeekin, Anaergia CEO Steve Watzeck and Fibracast CEO John Tomescu.
“Fibracast has developed a membrane that enables more effective and efficient cleaning of water. It’s a $100 billion industry, and Fibracast is on the cutting edge of being able to greatly impact that sector, and this is why we are pleased to partner with Fibracast through our Special Innovation Program funding.” — Ted McMeekin, Ontario MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
“What makes Ontario the leader in clean-tech is the very generous support from the provincial and federal governments for research and development and commercialization of new technologies...another great example of creating partnerships that harness the talent in Ontario — smart government programs that really seed innovation and allow great things to happen.” — Steve Watzeck, CEO, Anaergia
Government Helps Bring Cutting-Edge Water Filtration System To Market
Province of Ontario government press release from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MEDI) announcing provincial funding for Fibracast to assist in research and development and a new manufacturing plant in Ontario creating up to 70 new jobs. The press release includes quotes from Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid, Ontario MPP Ted McMeekin (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) and Fibracast CEO John Tomescu.
“Ontario is proud to support innovative companies like Fibracast that are turning innovative ideas into great jobs. We are proud to support the development of new technology that will ensure clean water, and create new, high-quality jobs in Ontario.” — Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.
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CBC News business report about Fibracast’s new membrane technology manufactured in the new Ancaster plant near Hamilton, Ontario, including funding from the Ontario provincial government to assist with Fibracast’s membrane research and development and manufacturing.