May 02, 2014

Water Technology Earns Edison Award Honor

Dow Filmtec Eco RO Elements recognized for energy and cost savings in manufacturing

Water Technology Bronze Edison Award Honor Filmtec Eco RO elements

Dow was presented with the Bronze Edison Award for Filmtec Eco elements in the energy/sustainability and commercial resource management category. The judging committee recognized Filmtec Eco technology for its ability to significantly reduce the energy required to remove impurities from water.

A program within the Edison Universe organization, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world such as Nielsen, Keurig Inc., Henkel and Black & Decker, and are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

Dow Water & Process Solutions scientists developed Filmtec Eco RO elements, which include advanced water purification polymer chemistries. The elements use up to 30% less energy than traditional options, resulting in up to 19% less operating costs.

These benefits provide manufacturers, who need water as a critical utility or as a process ingredient, with an ecological and economic win when making the products we use every day, such as electronics, clothing, food and beverages. The RO elements also help power utility providers reduce the need for chemicals used to clean the membranes, helping to improve their power production uptime.

In the first 10 years of use, Filmtec Eco elements will help produce 15 trillion cu meters of clean water (more than 6 million Olympic-sized swimming pools), while providing more than 2 billion kWh of energy savings and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million metric tons.

Filmtec Eco technology was recently recognized by Dow as an innovation that will help improve the world’s ability to solve sustainable water supply challenges, as it was named the company's second-ever Breakthrough to a World Challenge as part of the its 2015 Sustainability Goals.