Pall Corp. Awarded Contract to Design Water Treatment System for U.S. Navy


Source: Pall Corporation

Contract Includes Development of an Energy-Efficient Desalination System

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today announced that the U.S. Navy, under the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has contracted with Pall for a multi-phase project to develop an advanced shipboard desalination system specifically for the challenging operations in coastal waters. Pall will create a detailed design for Navy ship water treatment that will increase the volume and reliability of fresh water generation while reducing energy and maintenance requirements.


Pall's integrated MF/RO membrane systems are designed to produce clean drinking water from a wide variety of water sources, including open sea, coastal areas, rivers, and harbor areas. (Photo: Business Wire)

Whether participating in active maneuvers or returning to shore, military vessels require highly-reliable water treatment systems to meet the demand for fresh water. In addition to being energy and resource intensive, traditional sea water desalination technologies are often unreliable. Further, coastal sea water can be especially difficult to treat due to extremely high concentrations of suspended solids, as well as biological and organic contaminants. The Navy also limits chemical usage on ships, creating restrictions to approaches used in land-based desalination plants. The system to be provided to the Navy, which will include Pall’s proven hollow-fiber microfiltration (MF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, will address these concerns.

“Pall is honored to be selected to design customized, automated MF and RO technologies for the U.S. Navy,” said Vince Northfield, the newly appointed president of Pall Aerospace. “Our engineers and scientists will bring the experience of developing and commissioning hundreds of membrane systems worldwide to this project.”

During the first six-month phase of the project, Pall scientists will adapt the latest membrane technologies to design a solution capable of producing 4,000 gallons per day of potable water. In the year-long second phase of the program, a prototype system will be developed and tested on land. In the final 18-month phase, a fully compliant system will be tested for six months on a naval ship.

Pall is a leading global supplier of permanent and mobile water filtration solutions for shipboard freshwater generation, municipal and industrial water, emergency relief applications, as well as the military. In addition to serving the municipal water market, Pall’s filtration technology helps ensure a greener future by enabling businesses to conserve and reuse water, and to restore wastewater to environmentally safe levels before discharge. For more information, visit

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Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing solutions to meet the critical fluid management needs of customers across the broad spectrum of life sciences and industry. Pall works with customers to advance health, safety and environmentally responsible technologies. The Company’s engineered products enable process and product innovation and minimize emissions and waste. Pall Corporation is an S&P 500 company serving customers worldwide. Pall has been named a “top green company” by Newsweek magazine. To see how Pall is helping enable a greener, safer, more sustainable future, follow us on Twitter @PallCorporation or visit

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