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.

The Solid Waste Disposal Center First Phase Project in Shikou was Officially Signed

Jul. 17th, 2018

Recently, Safbon Water has had an unforgettable day, Safbon Water and Dongying District Finance Company formally signed a joint venture agreement for the first phase project of Shikou Town Solid Waste Disposal Center in Dongying City. The signing ceremony was led by Wang Xian, President of Safbon Water, and the project team and members of the party group of Dongying District, deputy head of the district, Liu Chenyong, various government departments of Dongying District and financial companies. The signing ceremony was held, which means that the Shikou Town Solid Waste Disposal Center project in Dongying City was officially launched. The project is funded by Safbon Water for 80%, local government for 20%, and is built and operated by Safbon Water.


In his speech to the project, President Wang Xian fully expressed that Safbon Water has an expert team in the solid waste field, which enables the project to adopt advanced and reliable hazardous waste treatment and disposal technology to ensure that hazardous wastes are properly disposed of. Completely solve the problem of comprehensive hazardous treatment facilities in Dongying District. He thanked the Dongying District Government for setting up a platform for cooperation , Safbon Water will adhere to the enterprise spirit of “fearing customers, embracing change, and being responsible” to contribute to the environment of Dongying District. It is believed that the project of Shanghai Safbon Water and District Finance Investment Co., Ltd. to invest in the phased construction of Dongying City (Shikou) Eco-Chemical Circular Economy Industrial Park will be successful.


Liu Chenyong, member of the party group and deputy head of the Dongying District, expressed the urgency of the project in Dongying District. He hoped that Safbon Water would solve the problem of disposal of hazardous waste in the industrial park of Shikou Town and request environmental impact. The local government believes in the professional team of Safbon Water, and at the same time, it supports the cooperation between Dongying District Finance Company and Safbon Water. Safbon will also be integrated into the environment of Dongying District.


After the completion of the project, it will greatly improve the difficult disposal of hazardous materials in the Dongying area and provide great support for local environmental remediation.

The Second Global Market Meeting of SafBon Group Closed Successfully

Jun. 26th, 2018

Thanks for the careful organization of the German ItN team, we successfully completed the European Market Conference. Safbon Group's overseas team's technology and products are plugged into the wings of the Internet+, became smarter, have established a close relationship with the cloud platform of the Shanghai headquarters. In Shanghai, we have obtained the actual operation of ceramic membrane equipment, air flotation and other equipment!



Fusion, growth, and value enhancement are the themes of the Shanghai conference in April. From this meeting in Sarbruken, we saw that the plan was on schedule, the performance growth, and the momentum of the accelerated development of corporate development! Technology innovation, technology research and development, and global talent cooperation have always been important topics for us. At this meeting, CEOs began to take the initiative to present them and reflect them in their reports!

ItN MBR Technology Succeeds in Pilot Test of Salt Chemical Wastewater Treatment

Jun. 15th, 2018

The treatment of wastewater from the salt chemical industrial area in Zhangshu City, Jiangxi Province is a chronic problem that has not been solved for many years. Under strict environmental protection supervision requirements, the local management committee requested technical assistance from SafBon. SafBon was asked to assist Zhangshu Salt Chemical Industry Park to solve the technical problem of wastewater discharge failure. Eucalyptus salt chemical wastewater has the characteristics of low BC ratio, poor biodegradability, high salt content and complex composition, and the upstream companies themselves have advanced oxidation treatment systems. Therefore, such water quality is extremely difficult to degrade COD wastewater. With the conventional biochemical system treatment, when the COD degradation rate is difficult to exceed 30%, even if the treatment load is reduced and the residence time of hydrolysis and acidification is increased, the COD degradation rate is difficult to reach 50%.


ItN Membrane Bioreactor

The membrane bioreactor (MBR) used in the pilot project is a fully automated small integrated device installed by the German ItN company. It uses a compact MBBR biofilm reactor as the front section and a ItN ceramic flat membrane MBR system as the latter, and constructs a flexible and changeable small biochemical reverse integrated system. The device combines the compound biochemical function of MBBR and the MBR high sludge load function together, with a full automatic control system, which can simulate a variety of process flow, including A-O, A2/O, A-O-A and so on.

In order to verify the universal high efficiency characteristics of the pilot plant, the technical personnel set the system process as the most common A2/O+MBBR, and set up a comprehensive and detailed test procedure, including single-machine commissioning, equipment clean water linkage debugging, low pollution Mud feed water commissioning, high sludge volume water commissioning, and debugging of different cleaning control methods. During the whole commissioning process, the maximum sludge concentration reached 7000mg/L, the average removal rate of COD was 51.3%, the total phosphorus removal rate was 63.8%, and the average removal rate of ammonia nitrogen was 95.3%. Although the target of the pilot plant in camphor tree is to degrade COD, the above data also show that it has good effect on ammonia nitrogen and total phosphorus in sewage.


Comparison of Inlet and Outflow of ItN Membrane Bioreactor

Through the success of this pilot project, SafBon confirmed the successful application of German ItN  ceramic membrane as a MBR technology in salt chemical wastewater treatment.

The Inventor of Dissolved Air Flotation Technology - Austria KWI Landed in Aquatech

Jun. 5th, 2018

The Dissolved Air Flotation technology of Austrian KWI is the originator of this field. After being acquired by SafBon, they began to dig out many customers through market integration. The participation of KWI in the Aquatech China attracted the organizer's strong attention, and the organizer highly praised and awarded KWI with a big prize. KWI has a history of 70 years and has nearly 4,700 engineering cases. The product is exported to 77 countries and regions all over the world and has a total sales volume of nearly 8,000 units.


KWI has developed 10 kinds of Dissolved Air Flotation products and 2 kinds of water treatment equipment. At this exhibition, KWI is presenting a new generation of "high-speed DAF". The device is equipped with two core designs of KWI: "U plate" and "ADR". Dr. Ding Hongbo, general manager of KWI China (also serves as director of KWI Research China) took the technical team and sales team to introduce the six applications of KWI DAF technology to the guests. Dr. Ding introduced the application of KWI DAF technology in the fields of phosphorus removal, sludge concentration, algae removal in large waterworks, floating filtration integration, seawater desalination pretreatment, oil field development, paper making, refinery wastewater treatment and other fields. It has attracted wide attention from the market. Many customers think that China needs to introduce such environmental protection technology and equipment so that high-quality technologies and equipment can serve China's environmental protection industry. This can play a good role in demonstrating the reduction of energy consumption and operating costs as well as the improvement of pollutant discharge standards. This is also conducive to upgrading of China's environmental protection equipment. The market is looking forward to the development of the DAF technology of Austrian KWI under SafBon Group.


Germany ItN Ceramic Ultrafiltration Membrane Attracts Market Attention in Aquatech

Jun. 4th, 2018

Germany ItN company of Safbon participated in Shanghai Aquatech international water exhibition during May 31- June 2. ItN company demonstrated the technology of nano-ceramic flat ultrafiltration membrane, which attracted the attention of water treatment engineers due to its high temperature performance and long life. Its core technology is nano-coating technology. ItN has 18 invention patents and 69 utility model patents in the research, development, production and application of this technology, which attracted customer groups from different application fields of the recognition, especially having unique applications in the groundwater radioactive elements, removal of heavy metal elements in the MBR online cleaning technology of municipal wastewater, desalination pretreatment, activated carbon micro pollution in the field of municipal water treatment,oil refining wastewater, and other fields.


Compared with polymer membrane , ceramic flat membrane has a service life of 3-5 times longer, a membrane flux of 3-10 times higher, a consumption of chemical agents reduced by 50%, operating maintenance cost and energy consumption reduced by more than 50%. The contamination, chemical cleaning and oxidation of polymer ultrafiltration membranes are inevitable problems, while ceramic membranes are easier to clean and have higher anti-pollution ability, and there is no risk of being oxidized.


SafBon Won “The Most Popular Brand in the Market” Prize in Aquatech, China

Jun. 1st, 2018

Shanghai Aquatech international water show opened in Shanghai from May 31, 2018 to June 2, 2018. As the world's largest water treatment related exhibition to date, organizers brought more than 3,200 exhibitors, more than 64,000 exhibits and more than 200,000 spectators to the event. Shanghai Safbon Water Service Co.,Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Safbon", booth No: 8.1H345) attended the event with the products of two major subsidiaries of Germany ItN/ Austria KWI.


At yesterday's opening ceremony, Sabon won the award of "Best Market Choice Brand Award" by standing out from nearly a thousand environmental protection enterprises. Mr. Gu Shi ming, general manager of ItN China and President of ItN ceramic membrane research institute, received the award on behalf of the company. This award is not only a recognition of the status of Safbon resources in the environmental protection industry, but also a driving force for us to become better, stronger and more international.


SafBon Successfully Launched A 20,000 t/d Coking Wastewater Treatment Project

May. 14th, 2018

On April 1, 2018, the 2nd-phase project of Yuncheng second sewage treatment plant of SafBon located in the coking Industrial Park of Yuncheng was successfully launched. This project is the coking waste water of the industrial park, which is difficult to deal with and requires high technology. It is a long-standing problem in the local area. After treatment, the effluent should meet the national discharge standard. Yuncheng county is located in the southwestern part of Shandong province. Zhuzhaoxin river which runs through the eastern part of the county and is an important part of the trunk canal of the eastern route of the South to North Water Transfer Project.

Therefore, ensuring the water quality of the water system has always been the top priority for the local government and environmental protection departments. The two phase of the Yuncheng second sewage treatment plant is located in the Yuncheng coking Industrial Park. And this coking Industrial park is located just right in the Zhu- Zhao New River Basin, and the drainage of the park directly into the Zhu- Zhao New River. In order to ensure the water quality of the Shandong section of the main canal in the south to the north project, the Heze municipal government promulgated the most stringent industrial wastewater discharge standards in the history of March 2018, requiring the concentration of COD less than 30mg/l, the concentration of total phosphorus less than 0.3mg/l and ammonia nitrogen less than 2mg/l. This brought unprecedented pressure to the Yuncheng county government and environmental protection departments, and also raised more stringent target requirements for the two phase expansion project.


Coking wastewater is one of the most difficult types of industrial wastewater, with complex components and a wide variety of components, not only the high concentration of CODcr and NH3-N, but also a large number of phenolic compounds and polycyclic aromatic compounds, heterocyclic compounds and aliphatic compounds containing nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, with many toxic components and high chromaticity, brings great difficulties to biodegradation and the cost of processing is high. At the same time, under the current environmental protection situation, the coking enterprises are built with advanced oxidation pretreatment system in the internal waste water, and the pre treated wastewater is reconcentrated to the industrial sewage plant of the park, which makes the coking wastewater more difficult to break down the chain degradation. Therefore, how to deal with the "two coking wastewater" to achieve qualified discharge has always been one of the most difficult subjects in the domestic and foreign water treatment industry.

Facing the difficulty “secondary coking wastewater” problem, SafBon performed full evaluation of the characteristics of local coking wastewater pollution and conducted on-site pilot tests and scientific experiments. The technical solutions issued by SafBon based on the above materials received the approval from the government finally.

At present, the second phase expansion project of Yucheng Second Sewage Treatment Plant is under construction. It is expected that the commissioning phase will start at the end of December. The completion of this project is believed to completely solve the problem of coking wastewater treatment in the park, producing obvious economic benefits in the local area, also playing a positive role in water quality protection of the South-Water-to-North Project.

SafBon Monitoring Cloud Data Center

May. 9th, 2018

With the continuous development of the company and the continuous increase of global operating plants and production workshops, in order to solve the problem of the incompatibility between the headquarters and the operator's data, effectively improve the company's operation and management level, and reduce operating costs, SafBon has established a monitoring cloud data center at the headquarters. This cloud data center was fully put into use recently. It uses various new technologies such as cloud transmission, internet of things, big data and VPN networks.


SafBon monitoring cloud center is an intelligent remote monitoring center formed by the Internet and a new generation of information technology and industry system, which is the industry in the development of intelligent integrated information monitoring center and an important part of water intelligence water system of SafBon. The cloud center is based on the network interconnection between equipment, instrument, control system, information system, products and people. Through comprehensive depth perception, real-time transmission of industrial data exchange, quick computing and advanced modeling analysis, realize with operational factory and production workshop of intelligent control, optimizing the operation and the mode of production organization change.


The cloud center has the functions of geographic information display, video monitoring, system operation monitoring, operation and maintenance analysis, data analysis, inventory management, energy management and equipment warning. The geographic location information of the operating plant and production workshop is shown on the map. Live video monitoring module will show the world production workshop (such as the US SWT production workshop, the French KWI production workshop, the Nantong ItN membrane factory in Jiangsu, etc.), operating plant (Katmandu sewage treatment plant, Cangzhou desalination plant, Yuncheng Tianyuan sewage treatment plant, etc.)and the site of the project under construction monitoring screen which makes the company management personnel may at any time to see the factory operation and under construction projects by collecting the data of HD camera.


The system operation monitoring module shows the system operation parameters of each operation factory and the production workshop in real time, the operation state of each equipment and the fault alarm information through the remote acquisition of PLC system data. When the system or equipment failure, the cloud center can deliver the fault information to the corresponding management and operational personnel in real time through WeChat, APP, cloud center, text messaging and so on to enable the fault to be handled in time and have the advantages of timely detection and quick treatment.


The data analysis and energy management module shows the key operation parameters and energy consumption of the same type operating plant in the form of charts. Through the vertical and horizontal comparison of operating parameters and energy consumption, it provides accurate data for management personnel and professional technical personnel to make technical improvement and optimize adjustment decision analysis.


SafBon Monitoring Cloud Center establishes digital management ledgers for on-site equipment, automatically tracks equipment operation and maintenance status, efficiently analyzes and analyzes data, automatically tracks operation and maintenance, automatically issues job reminders, automatically generates job records, and supervises on-site personnel's regular maintenance; In the case of equipment failure, large data analysis is used to find out the cause and solution of the equipment, which greatly improves the efficiency of fault solving and improves the security and reliability of system operation.


SafBon monitoring cloud center as part of the barn water wisdom water system has strong applicability and wide generality, strong expansibility, convenient maintenance, strong real-time performance, data security, etc. The cloud center can transmit the data of the company's operation factory and production workshop to the headquarters of the company in real time which Makes the company management personnel can through the Internet or cell phone anytime and anywhere the client real-time view the operating plant, production workshop production status and running status of equipment, through the analysis of operational data and comprehensive contrast, managers make decisions analysis provides guarantee for the company, improve the enterprise management level, and reduce the operating cost.

ItN Membrane Contract Successfully Signed with China Coal Group for MBR Project

May 7th, 2018

Recently, SafBon has signed with China Coal Group Ordos Energy Chemical Co., Ltd. to apply German ItN nano coating ceramic flat membrane to its coal-to-methanol chemical wastewater treatment project, with the capacity of 9000m3/d, after multi-disciplinary approach made by technical experts of China Coal Group. It is expected that the installation, commissioning and steady operation of the MBR project will be completed by the end of this year.

ItN ceramic ultrafiltration(UF) membrane has the advantages of high flux, excellent anti-fouling, low energy consumption, long lifetime, small footprint, automatic system control, easy installation and operation, which makes it particularly suitable for the treatment of industrial waste water such as coal chemical wastewater. 


This is the expansion and optimization design project of China Coal Eenergy, which requires that the existing water treatment facilities do not increase land occupation, while the water treatment capacity and effluent quality requirement of the second phase of 1 million tons of methanol project are doubled. Since the first contact in the end of last year, China Coal Eenergy has been attracted by ItN Ceramic UF Membrane’s unique advantages, such as high throughput, high water quality, long service life of up to 25 years, and in-situ chemical cleaning (no lifting required). After four months of technical exchange and expert demonstration process, SafBon and China Coal Energy have reached an agreement and it is expected that the installation, commissioning and stable operation phases of MBR membrane units will be completed before the end of this year.


Coal chemical wastewater is one of industrial refractory wastewaters. It has characteristics such as complex types of pollution, high concentration, hard biodegradability, and large fluctuations in raw water quality. Membrane treatment processes cannot normally run smoothly without proper system design and membrane product selection. The expanded biochemical unit adopts its patented EBA combination process. The MBR unit adopts German ItN nano-plate ceramic membrane. The process can be described as a combination of advanced technologies, and it provides stable and low-cost operation for China Coal Energy.


The implementation of this project will fully demonstrate the application advantages of ItN ceramic membrane and create a new era of ceramic MBR membrane in the coal chemical wastewater and similar refractory industrial wastewater treatment fields, providing new impetus for China's environmental improvement.