How to Operate RO and Electrodeionization EDI in High Silica SiO2 Environments

How to Operate RO and Electrodeionization EDI in High Silica SiO2 Environments

Operating Electrodeionization in a High-Silica Feedwater Environment

High silica feedwaters pose two challenges for ultrapure water membrane systems. On the front end, silica can scale the RO membranes, limiting use of some feedwaters and high water recovery. On the back end, silica can scale the IX resins in the electrodeionization (EDI). It is also a challenge to attain the very low ppb levels of silica in the ultrapure product water required by power and electronics applications.  

The use of a premium silica antiscalant, use of high-silica-rejection RO membranes, and use of CO2 removal technology can lead to successful RO-EDI systems even with high feedwater silica. Even with 1-pass RO.  Even in regions of the world like Mexico and Japan where silica is often present in the 50-100 ppm range.

Introduction

When silica (SiO2) in feedwater to an ultrapure water system is high there are 2 challenges:

This paper discusses 3 factors for successfully operating an RO-EDI ultrapure water system with high silica feedwater.

  1. use of premium silica antiscalant
  2. use of high-silica-rejection RO membranes
  3. use of CO2 removal technology

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