Veolia Water Technologies, a subsidiary of the Veolia Group, has launched the Barrel in Asia-Pacific. The Barrel is a multi-RO element vessel that is designed to be a plug-and-play system; the vessel is manufactures off-site and delivered as a single unit so that instillation on-site can be fast-tracked and project schedules shortened. The modular design of the Barrel makes is highly scalable, offering varying capacities from 400 m3/day to 50,000 m3/day per unit and it can be used in place of existing RO membranes and nano filtration skids for a more economically viable alternative. The Barrel is compact and suitable for outdoor instillations which offers a footprint reduction of up to 25%. This sustainable solution also provides reduction in electrical consumption in the range of 0.05 kWh/m3 of fresh water produced.
The unique design of the Barrel also reduces the number of high-pressure piping connections to just two, the seawater inlet and the brine outlet. This design feature makes it safer for operators and minimizes on-site risks during maintenance and operation phases. The Barrel includes a built-in digitalization system complete with smart connectors that provide real-time status updates on each membrane’s condition. Their performance can be monitored automatically and accessed remotely, helping operators make better decisions on whether to shut down, rotate, or replace membranes.