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RWL Water honored for Nirobox desalination


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Frost & Sullivan has conferred its 2017 Global Mobile Water Desalination Systems Award for Customer Value Leadership on RWL Water, based on its analysis of the global mobile water desalination systems market.

The annual award goes to a company that “demonstrates excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products.”

Recognition is given to companies that go “beyond simply good customer service.” The organization’s analysts stated:

Frost & Sullivan appreciates how RWL Water strategically serves the mid-size market worldwide, offering modular and conventional desalination systems for water treatment. The company’s cutting-edge offerings are underscored by the Nirobox, a containerized mobile desalination solution that is quickly building traction globally. […] RWL Water offers clients exceptional economic and operational value.

Nirobox: Self-Contained Desalination

Nirobox is an affordable, plug-and-play reverse osmosis desalination plant, packed in a 40-foot container. It can produce 1,500 cubic meters of fresh water per day. Models are available to treat either seawater or brackish water. The modular technology is scalable, energy efficient, and cost-effective, making it “the ideal solution for a variety of mobile applications and verticals.”

Seth Cutler, a Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst, stated:

Nirobox delivers many benefits to users, including customized water quality, remote technical support, and high recovery rates of up to 50% for seawater and 90% for brackish water. […] It consumes only low amounts of chemicals, as its proprietary and ultrafiltration membrane cleaning process inhibits microorganism growth.

Nirobox is equipped with proven technologies in a small footprint. As a modular, containerized solution, it lets users avoid many of the challenges associated with building and operating a large-scale facility. And, because the units are preassembled they can be quickly and easily installed and commissioned (a facility can be commissioned and working in less than two months after a need is identified).

Frost & Sullivan analysts note:

Unlike large, conventional desalination plants that must contend with changing water quality conditions (e.g., oil spills or algae blooms) that may hinder or halt production, mobile treatment plants can simply move to a new location.

Demand for water is increasing just as supplies are dwindling, so many are exploring desalination as a way to secure freshwater supplies. But, many factors — including expense and energy use — can be an obstacle. Many regard conventional desalination as a technology of last resort based on the amount of energy required — typically between 12,000 and 18,000 kilowatt-hours per million gallons for seawater desalination. Nirobox employs energy-saving technology.

Where Can the Nirobox Be Used?

RWL Water’s Nirobox is installed in locations worldwide including Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa, and North African countries. It’s suited to municipalities and small utilities; remote operations such as in mining or construction camps; resorts, golf clubs, and residential developments; and industrial plants, including those in the food and beverage industries.

One successful application is at Reserva Conchal, a resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Since late 2014, drought has led to serious water shortages that have posed a significant threat to resorts and hotels in the region.

Thanks to RWL Water’s Nirobox, within eight months of identifying its need, the resort had a new, dependable supply of high-quality, potable water — without damaging the environment or placing a burden on the existing national water network. Three containerized SWRO desalination systems supply 1,500 cubic meters of clean, potable water a day.

Growing Market

Frost & Sullivan expects the global mobile treatment market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.4 percent. By 2020, the market’s revenues are expected to be $1.4 billion. The Americas lead the market with a 66.4 percent share, followed by Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific. RWL Water is poised to take full advantage of this market growth.

Cutler said because of RWL Water’s strategy of balancing customer-centered products and service with its business portfolio, the company anticipates strong growth in the next five years.

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