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BIOBOX®, an innovative project for the design and manufacture of containerised water treatment plants

Using our own technology, we create Plug&Play containerised water treatment plants , based on biological and adsorption treatments, with lower operating and investment costs, avoiding the generation of concentrated rejects as opposed to membrane technologies.

BIOBOX® is the result of an intense effort in R&D&I and based on the experience and lessons learned by two leading companies in the sector. Ingeobras and Filtralite (Saint-Gobain) have combined their expertise in water treatment, engineering and digitalization to develop a system with a disruptive approach to the classic containerized solution. The objective is based on creating fully automated compact water treatment plants capable of solving the limitations of these traditional solutions; high process costs or rejections of concentrated pollutants that are difficult to manage.

Ingeobras has been working since 2005 developing strategic water engineering solutions. As a result, the company introduced an intensive focus on R&D in 2014, developing its own innovative water treatment technologies based on the materials manufactured by Filtralite®. For its part, Filtralite® is the line of filter media manufactured from expanded clay by the multinational company Saint-Gobain, at its expanded clay industrial plant in Raelingen, Norway.

Both companies have been carrying out joint projects for years, studying how to deal with each problem from its theoretical basis in the laboratory to reach a feasible solution, in terms of process and investment costs, on an industrial scale.

BIOBOX® technology has been implemented to address 9 types of contaminants present in drinking water, urban wastewater and industrial water.

The BIOBOX® design is based on technical applicability, cost-effectiveness and plant sustainability as key factors. “The systems are modular and it is possible to scale the solution to treat different flow rates and pollutant concentrations. They can also work in combination with existing infrastructures, optimizing them, enhancing their capacity or acting as tertiary treatment”, says Carlos de Juan (Product Manager of Filtralite Iberia and Latam). 

For water treatment with combined contaminant matrices, it is possible to build ad-hoc plants. These plants are able to integrate different BIOBOX® solutions in a single container or in two containers operating in series with separate BIOBOX® technologies. Also, for medium and high flow rates, modular solutions are designed to operate in parallel from the same power supply.

Intense innovation and development work has made very advanced technology available to all types of companies, only available to date to large plants and investors. BIOBOX’s approach is to optimize designs to reduce the space required, the associated investment costs and the cost per m3 treated. 

With these technologies we reduce energy consumption, the use of reagents and minimize the generation of rejects, creating clean and environmentally safe processes. 

BIOBOX® is a fast construction solution that is capable of adapting to locations with difficult access or extreme climatic conditions. “We detected the need, especially in industrial waters and small and medium-sized municipalities, to develop containerized solutions. Mainly because of the requirement to reduce execution time to a minimum, minimizing space and investment costs. Our experience in the design of civil works plants and the impressive results of our compact plants were the starting point for this line of business” says Joaquín Murría (CEO of Ingeobras).

The systems offered are fully automated, with on-line remote management and self-management capabilities.

The plant is monitored by sensor technology to ensure maximum resource operation, avoid potential problems and facilitate management with minimal intervention by operating personnel. In addition, this continuous measurement of key parameters in the water treatment processes, provides an indicative view of how it is performing at all times. For example, thanks to sensorization it is possible to adjust the use of consumables to what is strictly necessary with flexibility to absorb changes and fluctuations.

All operating data and monitored process parameters are recorded both locally, in memory format, and virtually on a server. It allows real-time and historical visualization from any device with an internet connection. This visualization can be accessed simultaneously by several users from anywhere in the world.

Thanks to automation, there is absolute control of the installation. It is a very convenient solution for the end user as it is complemented with a warning and alarm service through alerts via messaging. Messages are delivered directly to the mobile device. This significantly reduces the reaction time of operational staff to any problems.

In conclusion, this interesting technological proposal from BIOBOX® opens up new opportunities for end users or service providers looking for alternative “plug & play” treatment solutions to solve a wide range of problems, with low CAPEX and OPEX.

Article key words: BIOBOX® launch, Containerised water treatment plants , Drinking water, Wastewater, Water reuse.