Safbon DAF is Delivering to Desalination Plant of Dubai HAYSSAN Power Plant

At the beginning of this year, Safbon undertook the DAF (Dissolved Air Flotation) equipment and related supporting work in the seawater desalination pretreatment of Dubai HAYSSAN 4 x 600MW coal-fired power plant. This project uses the DAF device Minicell, which is the DAF technology designated by the client, using the KWI third generation air dissolving device ADR.

Fig.1 KWI Dissolved Air Flotation equipment (Minicell+ADR)

The reason why the project uses DAF is mainly because the seawater in the Middle East contains algae. According to the operating experience of the FEWA authorities over the past ten years, there are different levels of microbial contamination in the desalination plants without DAF, resulting in a decrease of the life of RO membrane.

Fig.2 Algae under an electron microscope

According to the requirements of the client, the DAF team customized the DAF equipment while maintaining the original civil construction funding plan. After many comparisons, the client finally insisted on using Safbon’s KWI DAF Minicell. The structure of the Minicell tank is relatively simple, easy to install and operate, and the algae removal rate is high, the land occupation meets the site requirements, and the water distribution is uniform. At the same time, with KWI's unique core patent technology - the air dissolving device ADR, it has the characteristics of high air dissolution efficiency, short retention time, not easy to block, uniform air bubbles in the water etc. The combination of the two can achieve a perfect treatment effect.

During the project execution phase, the technical team strictly controls the quality from design, material procurement, and equipment manufacturing to ensure that the equipment can meet client requirements. In design stage, the design engineer strives for excellence in design and multi-level review and optimization of engineering design drawings; in material procurement stage, the engineer purchases high-quality anti-corrosion stainless steel from overseas, and the wet part materials are all super duplex stainless steel; in manufacturing phase, experienced field engineers from Austria are assigned to supervise the workshop to ensure that the equipment meets the quality requirements at all stages of manufacture.

Fig.3 Manufacture of DAF equipment

After the project is put into production, we will see that the KWI DAF has added another star product in the Middle East.

Safbon Successfully Solved the Land Restriction Problem in the WWTPs Upgrading

Sep. 23rd, 2018

On Sept. 20, in the Innovation Seminar of water pollution control equipment held by CUWA (China Urban Water Association), Mr. Yao Kun, the vice president of Safbon introduced the two major technical brands of KWI air floatation and ItN ceramic flat membrane, he also made a keynote speech about How to Solve the Problem of Land Restriction in the Upgrading of Sewage Treatment Plants Through Technological Innovation which was highly valued by the experts and representatives attending the meeting.


The package process of renovating the secondary sedimentation tank with ItN ceramic flat UF membrane and high speed air floatation phosphorus removal of Safbon have the advantages of steady running, easy operation, low costs, low investigation, small footprint and optimized system. With the new technology mentioned above, the effluent of sewage treatment plants can reach the quasi-four type of emission standards. And SafBon has the ability to provide a complete set of technical solutions.


Current Process: Biochemical Tank  Secondary Sedimentation Tank → Filtration → Disinfection  I(A) Effluent

Modified Process: Biochemical Tank  ItN Flat Ceramic UF Membrane (for Nitrogen Removal) → KWI Air Flotation Unit (for Dephosphorization)  Disinfection  Quasi-Four Types of Effluent

It is believed that such kind of process can possibly become the mainstream technology for the upgrading of municipal sewage treatment plants in China in the future.

Ceramic UF in Electroplating Wastewater Treatment Achieves Outstanding Results

Sep. 12th, 2018

At present, the pretreatment of domestic electroplating wastewater mostly adopts two-stage pH adjustment + two-stage coagulation treatment-integrated wastewater coagulation-biochemistry, and the advanced oxidation process of concentrated water enters the biochemical treatment system, with long process flow, large dosage of fertilizer, and sludge volume ( Dangerous waste) causes high processing and operation costs, increased salt content during processing, and increased conductivity, which has a particularly large impact on the biochemical system.

This electroplating park used the MBR (organic film) process to shorten the process, reduce the floor space and provide stable effluent quality. But at the same time, it has brought new pain points to the enterprise. The organic film is easy to break and peel off the skin. The effluent brings out metal ions, the film is severely blocked, and the flux recovery after cleaning is poor, and the service life is short.


Safbon Water used the German ItN nano-coated ceramic flat film to conduct MBR pilot test in the electroplating park. ItN flat ceramic membrane is a ceramic body with a very uniform crystal phase formed by nano-coating material and ceramic membrane support after high-temperature sintering at more than one thousand degrees. Its unique nano-coating process has anti-stick and anti-clogging functions. It has been successfully operated for 12-16 years at the MBR project in the Peterborough WWTP in Germany and other projects in Europe and the Middle East.


The ceramic membrane has high mechanical strength and good chemical stability, and solves the problem of membrane breakage and running mud from the material itself. The water quality before the pilot test film contains various heavy metal ions, the COD is maintained at about 200, the pH is about 11, and the suspended matter is not precipitated. The ceramic membrane was run for 9 minutes, stopped for 1 minute, and backwashed every 30 minutes. By comparing the water quality indicators of the inlet and outlet water for 15 days, the suspended solids could not be detected, and the detection values of COD, copper ions, nickel ions, chromium ions and zinc ions reached the discharge standard of electroplating wastewater. The average flux of the flat ceramic membrane is maintained at 150 LMH, which is more than three times higher than the organic membrane flux. During the test, fouling will also occur during operation. By backwashing, the flux can be easily restored, and with regular drug washing and gas scrubbing, the system can be well maintained for a long time.


Through the success of this pilot test, the application prospect of German ItN ceramic ceramic membrane technology in electroplating wastewater treatment was verified. We are confident to provide perfect solutions for similar projects in China.

ItN Ceramic UF Membrane Successfully Applied in Landfill Leachate Treatment Pilot

Sep. 10th, 2018


The treatment of landfill leachate is always the problem for the industry. As the national environmental policy continues to upgrade, the handling of this aspect also faces greater challenges.

The traditional landfill leachate treatment process usually adopts the biochemical recombination of anaerobic advanced oxidation and organic ultrafiltration membrane with multistage nanofiltration or reverse osmosis treatment. However, due to the complex composition of landfill leachate, the operation of organic ultrafiltration membrane is not stable, and the problems such as broken wires, peeling, fouling and difficult maintenance inevitably occur, resulting in the instability of ultrafiltration water. This affects the subsequent operation of nanofiltration and reverse osmosis, so the selection of ultrafiltration is crucial to the smooth operation of the whole process.

The German ItN ceramic flat membrane owned by Safbon can effectively avoid these problems of organic ultrafiltration membrane. Meanwhile, it has obvious advantages such as high flux, extremely long service life, high sludge concentration operation, low operation cost, low cleaning frequency and low dosage of chemicals.

At present, the pilot project of Safbon in cooperation with a large environmental protection group company is in progress. The treatment process of landfill leachate is advanced oxidation + nanometer ceramic flat membrane. After a month of operation, the facilities run well and the permeate quality is stable. The quality of landfill leachate raw water is as follows:


The permeate quality is stable to reach grade A discharge standard


Through this successful experiment, the Safbon has verified the feasibility and technical advantages of German ItN ceramic flat membrane in the treatment of landfill percolate, and we are confident to provide a complete solution for similar projects in China.


Contract for Hazardous Waste Disposal Project in Wudi

Sep. 9th, 2018

In September 6th, the 2018 session of Wudi of Shandong province joined the Yangtze River Delta dual recruitment promotion conference successfully in Hangzhou. Wudi County People's government, relevant leaders of various development zones, Zhejiang Shandong chamber of Commerce and other sectors attended the meeting. SafBon Water was invited to participate in this promotion meeting, and signed the project investment cooperation agreement of Wudi County hazardous waste disposal center in Binzhou City, Shandong Province.


Wudi County, located in the northernmost part of Shandong Province, adjacent to Bohai Sea and Hebei Province, is a highly efficient eco-economic zone with comprehensive development in the Yellow River Delta, Blue Economic Zone in Shandong Peninsula, east coast metropolitan area and Bohai economic circle, and a superimposed area with "three zones and two circles" in the economic circle of Shandong Huicheng Group. Wudi county has a good geographical location, convenient transportation, as well as the benefits of grain, cotton, fishery and salt, with unique resource advantages.

Wudi County, in accordance with the development path of large-scale projects-industry chain-industry cluster-industry base, concentrates on breaking through five economic sectors, namely, North Shandong High-tech Zone, Economic Development Zone, Xinhai Industrial Park, Dongfeng Port Economic Zone and Ancient City Cultural Tourism Zone, to promote the rapid rise of county economy. And its leading industries include oil and salt chemical industry, non-ferrous metals, energy industry, new chemical industry, biomedicine, new materials, advanced manufacturing industry, etc.


SafBon Water intends to invest in the construction of a non-hazardous waste disposal center project to meet the needs of non-hazardous waste disposal in Wudi County and its surrounding areas. The construction content of this project is burning 30,000 tons per year plus safe landfill 10,000 tons per year, and reserving 5,000 tons per year for physical or resource utilization. The project site is planned to be located in Xinhai industrial park in wudi county, binzhou city of Shandong province, covering an area of about 200 mu and 120 mu in the first phase.

Waste-free project is another key project in the hazardous waste plate of SafBon Water. The implementation of the project will further improve the layout of the hazardous waste of SafBon Water.

SafBon’s Uzbekistan Zero Liquid Discharge Project Successfully was Shipped

Sep. 8th, 2018

The whole plant wastewater treatment plant in the project of PVC JSC "Navoiazot", Uzbekistan has completed the construction drawing design and equipment manufacturing work. Recently, the equipment have been shipped to the project site by land transportation. It is planned to finish the equipment installation and the commissioning stages in the first half of next year.


In this project, SafBon applied zero liquid discharge concept in the wastewater treatment plant with a series of advanced technologies, such as ultrafiltration (UF), reverse osmosis (RO) and triple effect evaporator. The so-called zero liquid discharge refers to maximize the resource utilization while does not emit any waste into the environment.


This project is located in Uzbekistan which along the “Belt and Road”. The implementation of this project marks an expansion of the SafBon's business landscape in Central Asia. Also, it is of great strategic importance to SafBpn’s development. It means that SafBon, as an international company, has emerged as a zero liquid discharge conceptual project designer in the zero liquid discharge project market at home and abroad. The Uzbekistan project will definitely have a long-term positive impact on the zero liquid discharge business performance, which will lay an important foundation for SafBon's future development in the zero liquid discharge market.


Safbon Won the Shanghai Top 100 Private Service Enterprises in 2018

Aug. 31st, 2018

Recently, the Shanghai Enterprise Confederation, the Shanghai Entrepreneur Association and the Shanghai Economic Association jointly released the List of Top 100 Enterprises in Shanghai. SafBon Water Service(Holding)Inc.,Shanghai was selected.


The Certificate (SafBon Water Service(Holding)Inc.,Shanghai, 69th Place)

Three DBO SewageTreatment Plants was Successfully Carried Out in Kathmandu

Aug. 24th, 2018

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal in August, is already very high-spirited. It is often blue sky and white clouds, with green grass everywhere. In this beautiful season, the Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project team welcomed Hilling Chang, the Chairman of SafBon. After routine inspection of the project site and the project management department, the Chairman requested on-site engineering and technical personnel and construction management personnel to strictly follow the Asian Development Bank (ADB) project management specifications, as well as quality assurance, document archiving, and project construction acceptance. The project team shall strive to complete the commissioning of the project at the end of October next year.


Subsequently, the Chairman visited the client company (PID) and the project consulting company DOHWA hired by the client. The three parties have exchanged friendly and achieved fruitful achievements. This meeting has played a significant role for the construction progress of three DBO municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP).


The Kathmandu Valley water supply improvement project mainly includes Dhobighat WWTP with a capacity of 37,000 t/d, Kodku WWTP with a capacity of 17,500 t/d, and Sallaghari WWTP with a capacity of 14,200 t/d. The project adopts the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) model. Through fierce international bidding, SafBon has won these three projects. After the completion of the project, the total capacity is 68,700 t/d, and it will be operated and maintained by SafBon for five years. This is the largest WWTP in Nepal's history. After the project is put into operation, it will greatly improve the local river water quality and the ecological environment.

ItN Ceramic Membrane Research Institute of China was Held in Nantong

Aug. 4th,2018

The establishment conference of China research institute of ceramic membrane of German ItN company under SafBon water service (HOLDING)INC was grandly held. Mr. Zhang Chunlin, the chairman of SafBon Water, and Dr. Nonninger, founder and honorary Dean of the Research Institute of Germany ItN Company, and George Kodros, CEO of ItN Company, and Gu Shiming, president of the Chinese Academy of Research, attended the meeting. Yao Kun, vice president of Baan Water, presided over the meeting.


Leaders from Nantong Gangzha District, science and Technology Bureau, water supply department and sewage treatment center, and domestic water treatment experts represented by municipal tap water, sewage treatment, electric power, oil field petrochemical, iron and steel industry, and  senior professors from top universities such as Tsinghua University and South China University of Science and Technology, etc. participated in the general assembly and unveiling ceremony.


Chief engineer Liyi of Beijing Municipal College and Professor Hu Yongyou of the Environmental College of South China University of Technology, as an expert in the design and application of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment in China, introduced the experience of ceramic flat membrane application in municipal wastewater treatment and industrial park wastewater treatment at the conference. At the same time, prospected the broad prospect of the product in the market. President Gu Shiming, Liu Jingxia and Yang Kuan also made speeches respectively about SafBon water environmental protection water treatment technology and the application of PACC powder activated carbon plus ceramic ultrafiltration membrane and ceramic flat membrane in oil field petrochemical industry. 


After the meeting, the leaders and guests went to Nantong membrane factory for a visit. The person in charge of the membrane factory and the relevant technical personnel gave a detailed explanation of the general situation of the factory and the production process. Subsequently, the pilot test site of ceramic flat membrane advanced treatment in Nantong Langshan Waterworks and the MBR  pilot test site of ceramic flat in Nantong first Wastewater Treatment Plant were investigated respectively.

ItN Ceramic Membrane Research Institute of China will be committed to launch a new generation of flat-panel ceramic ultrafiltration membranes and pressure-type tubular membrane products in the second half of this year, while increasing research and development efforts, our ceramic membrane products will be extended to high-temperature air purification, chlor-alkali ion membrane, hydrogen electrolysis, chlorine production and other difficult areas, to address the needs of the market and industry.

Dr. Nonninger, Founder of ItN, Returned to Safbon to Develop Ceramic Membranes

Jul. 29th, 2018

Dr. Ralph Nonninger, the founder and the former CEO of German ItN Nanovation AG (ISIN: DE000A0JL461), recently returned ItN as a technical consultant specialized in ceramic membrane products.


As the product technical consultant for ceramic membrane, Dr. Nonninger will work with the ceramic membrane product team in both SafBon Headquarters and the ItN, Germany to research and develop ceramic membrane technology. Dr. Nonninger’s will mainly focus on two parts, guiding Chinese and German teams in the development and improvement of ceramic flat ultrafiltration (UF) membranes and the corresponding components; and enhancing the production level of Nantong Membrane Factory.


In 1990, Mr. Ralph Nonninger graduated from Universität des Saarlandes (University of Saarland, Germany). After that, he joined Leibnitz Institut for New Materials for the next decade. During this period, he got his PhD degree, became a researcher, a leader of team and the director of ceramic membrane department. Then in 2000, he founded ItN and served as Executive Director, Chief Technology Officer and later General Manager. He left ItN in July, 2011. Dr. Ralph Nonninger is currently Chairman of the German Nanotechnology Association and is selected for the German Federal Government's “Go cluster initiative”.


Dr. Nonninger has accumulated a plenty of core technologies in the field of ceramic membranes for many years, he owns (or has hosted the application) about 200 patents in the field of ceramic membranes. On the one hand, as the world's leading expert in the field of ceramic membranes, the return of Dr. Nonninger's will help SafBon and ItN cultivate better R&D teams, and lead the ItN ceramic membrane to a new peak. On the other hand, his joining will helo SafBon in taking the advantage of German high-end equipment manufacturing technology. It contributes the company in improving its competitiveness, promoting the ceramic membrane market development, becoming more internationalization and transforming the company into a profit mode, which is specially explained as "environmental protection equipment, engineering construction, operation and maintenance, design consultation".

Rio Grande do Sul Mayor Visited SafBon with Political and Business Representatives

Jul. 22th, 2018

On July 20th, the president of Brazil-China International Development Chamber of Commerce led a delegation to visit SafBon, Shanghai, including the mayor and other political and business leaders from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The two sides conducted in-depth exchanges on water resources, water treatment and other environmental and ecological aspects.


The state of Rio Grande do Sul is the southernmost state in Brazil. It borders the Atlantic Ocean in the east, Argentina in the west and Uruguay in the south. Rio Grande do Sul, with an area of 280 thousand square kilometers and 497 cities, is the first agricultural and pastoral area in Brazil. The industry there is mainly composed of textile, food, tannery, tobacco, chemistry, metallurgy, machinery, shipbuilding, coal mining and sawing wood. There are some great ports and railroads connecting to the major cities in south-east Sao Paulo and Uruguay.

During the meeting, SafBon introduced the core technology in water supply, sewage treatment and solid waste treatment to the Brazilian delegation. SafBon is a comprehensive service provider specializing in intelligent and all-round technical solutions for municipal water treatment, seawater desalination, industrial water treatment, solid waste treatment and energy application. Upholding the concept of " Devoting to water business and improving our environment", SafBon conducts technology development, system design, system integration, system installation and commission as well as undertakes EPC turn-key projects, PPP, BT and BOT projects in all the relative fields. In recent years, SafBon has successively acquired the Austrian company KWI, the German company ItN, the American company SWT, and the Swedish company AquaSwiss, gradually forming a global layout. The companies mentioned above are the originator of air flotation, the pioneer of flat ceramic ultrafiltration membrane and the overall solution providers, respectively. Through the integration of global resources, SafBon is also actively developing markets in Latin America, such as Costa Rica, Peru, Columbia and other countries, including PPP, BOT and EPC/EPCF projects of municipal water treatment and so on.


The unique green water desalination technology of SafBon can effectively improve the life of the reverse osmosis membrane and protect its operation, combined with Austrian air floatation and the pretreatment of the German ceramic plate ultrafiltration membrane. It can greatly reduce the electricity consumption and the chemicals consumption, increasing the recovery of fresh water.

Romario Rasaldo, a representative of Brazil's MPA alliance, and Nelson Morelli, a representative of CONTAC CUT which is Brazil's largest food industry and workers union, said they were impressed by the country's rapid development in economy and technologies of environmental protection during the visit. Brazil is in great need of world-leading water treatment technologies provided by excellent companies like SafBon. There is no seawater desalination technology in Brazil. The green water desalination technology can solve the problem of water use, replace the water diversion project, and effectively solve the local problems of agricultural water use.

China is the largest trade partner of Brazil, and Brazil is the largest trade partner of China in Latin America, too. China and Brazil have established the China-Brazil Capacity Cooperation Fund and China-Latin America Cooperation Fund to provide financial support for Brazil's infrastructure construction, people's livelihood projects and major trade. SafBon hopes to help local people solve environmental and ecological problems such as water use through exchanges and cooperation in environmental protection, and jointly promote the development of China and Brazil.


ItN Ceramic Membrane Enters the MBR Field for Produced Water Treatment

Jul. 18th, 2018

Recently, SafBon, together with German ItN ceramic flat membrane, participated in the open bidding for the MBR process segment of the ceramic flat membrane deep treatment project produced by SINOPEC Puguang gas field, and won the bid as the first candidate. It will also successfully sign a contract to become the online supplier of SINOPEC through this project.


Puguang gas field is one of the three major onshore gas fields in China. The designed water amount of the project for the recovery of water depth in this gas field is 1440m3/d. The main water quality parameters are salinity ≤30000mg/L, Cl-≤15000mg/L, the content of sulfide is 8mg/L, and the total content of alkali is≤ 700mg/L, Ca2+ is ≤15mg/L, and Mg2+ is ≤15mg/L. Sludge concentration is ≤ 15000mg/L. The water quality has the characteristics of high salt, high corrosion and high concentration of sludge. It is a typical industrial waste water with high difficulty. Under these conditions, after nearly a year's argumentation and investigation, Safbon and the owner and the designer finally decided to choose the ceramic flat membrane in MBR.


As the first project of SINOPEC to apply the ceramic flat membrane in MBR to the deep recovery of the produced water in oil and gas fields, the bid of ba 'an water supplies has undoubtedly filled the gap in the domestic oil and gas field market in this field. This is also a breakthrough in the field of oil and gas fields after ItN membrane successfully signed the coal-chemical MBR project of China coal group in May this year. This project will give full play to the advantages of ItN ceramic membrane in anti-pollution, high flux, low operating cost and long life. Safbon intends to make this project into a sample project of ItN flat ceramic membrane in MBR water treatment of oil and gas field production which will open up a wide field of ceramic flat membrane in the field of water treatment in oil and gas fields and provide new impetus for environmental improvement in China.