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BARC


Mandate

Frontier area of research from basic R&D to Technology/Product Development
Project Management in Membrane Processes and Desalination
Development of commercially viable indigenous technologies and products of desalination, water purification and water recovery/reuse
Development of indigenous membranes and membrane systems for application in nuclear fuel cycle


Highlights


2/2021

A 2000 LPH fluoride removal plant was installed and commissioned in Sagargaon Gram Panchayat, Dist. Khordha, Odisha in February, 2021. The plant will cater to the safe drinking water requirements of four villages, namely: Balasingh, Singipur, New singipur and Balasingh Patana



2/2020

Under the DAE sanctioned project “Deployment of Water Purification Technologies in 50 Villages in India”, 1000 LPH Arsenic Removal plant was setup at Ichhapur village, Dist: 24-Parganas(N), West Bengal



1/2020

Multi effect distillation - Thermo vapor compression technology was transferred to two parties



11/2019

Under the DAE sanctioned project “Deployment of Water Purification Technologies in 50 Villages in India”, a 1000 LPH RO plant along with Water ATM (Smart Card Dispensing System) was installed and commissioned, and inaugurated on 27th Nov, 2019 at Somthana Village of Nanded District, Maharashtra, which is affected with nitrate (140-150 ppm) and salinity (1200-1400 ppm). The plant has been handed over to the Somthana Gram Panchayat after 3-days of run in presence of BARC officials, under MoA between between BARC and the Gram Panchayat



9/2018

Brine Conentrator Unit (BCU) at DMTD, BARC was designed, fabrciated, installed and commissioned



9/2018

Brine Conentrator Unit (BCU) at DMTD, BARC was designed, fabrciated, installed and commissioned



5/2017

To improve and maintain the quality of water of Holy Shivganga pond suitable for bathing as per IS:2296, 2x500 cu.m/hr water treatment plant was setup under DAE Public Outreach program



8/2015

240m3/day Multi effect distillation - Thermo vapor compression (MED-TVC) plant was designed, fabricated, installed and commissioned at DMTD, BARC. It is operated regularly to produce DM quality water which is various divisions in BARC.




2/2014

Nanocomposite Ultrafiltration Membrane Device For Domestic Drinking Water Purification W.R.T. Arsenic, Iron And Microbial Contamination was demonstrated and technology was transferred to private parties for commercialization.



10/2013

Thin Film Composite (TFC) Charged Nanofiltration (NF) Membranes were prepared



7/2013

Solar Energy Driven Portable Domestic Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis (Bwro) Technology was demonstrated




5/2013

Stand-alone Solar Photovoltaic (PV) driven Battery-less Ultrafiltration (UF) Units for Water Purification was demonstrated



(11/2012) Capillary membranes of various lumen diameters (1mm, 2mm and 3mm) using wet casting phase inversion technique with indigenously developed spinneret were prepared


Capillary membranes of various lumen diameters (1mm, 2mm and 3mm) using wet casting phase inversion technique with indigenously developed spinneret were prepared



(9/2012) Field trial of a 7200 LPD Brackish water desalaintion system, integrated with a community well at Pharare fisher helmet, Chiplun was carried out as a part of field testing in rural areas.




(6/2012) Development and loading of membrane elements replacing six nos. of imported membrane elements (8040 size; 180 sq m) in Reverse Osmosis (RO) section of NDDP Kalpakkam.




(5/2012) Development of 1000 LPD solar desalination unit based on Multi-Effect Humidification-Dehumidification(MEH) desalination technology at Kalpakkam




(4/2012) Know how transfer of basket of membrane based water purification technologies (six nos.) were transferred to M/s. Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mumbai.




(3/2012) Development and demonstration of Ultrafiltration (UF) membrane based system (300 liters/day capacity) for autoclave units of BARC Hospital for sterilization of surgical appliances.




(3/2012) Development and demonstration of Ultrafiltration (UF) membrane based system (300 liters/day capacity) for autoclave units of BARC Hospital for sterilization of surgical appliances.




(2/2012) Indigenous development of Nano filtration (NF) charged membrane.




(1/2012) Demonstration of recovery of valuable materials (Uranium) from seawater/brine






(5/2010) Hybrid LTE-EDI system for producing ultra-pure water from seawater.




(4/2010) Commissioning of solar RO unit for brackish water desalination.





(7/2009) Technology Transfer of Fluoride Removal from Drinking Water by physicochemical process.




(5/2009) Technology Transfer of Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water by physicochemical process.







(9/2007) 50 KLD Barge Mounted seawater desalination plant for water scarce coastal and remote areas.




(8/2007) Commissioning of 50 KLD Multi-Effect Distillation-Vapor Compression (MED-VC) seawater desalination plant.





(8/2005) Commissioning of 5 KLD BWRO plant for providing drinking water during Tsunami at Tamil Nadu.




(8/2005) Commissioning of 5 KLD BWRO plant for providing drinking water during Tsunami at Tamil Nadu.




(6/2004) Commissioning of 30 KLD Low Temperature Evaporation (LTE) desalination unit using waste heat of nuclear reactor for seawater desalination.




(5/2003) 30 KLD RO plant providing drinking water in a village at Jodhpur Rajasthan.




(11/2002) Technology Transfer of Domestic water purifier.




(7/2002) Commissioning of 1.8 MLD SWRO plant at Kalpakkam as a part of NDDP.




(2/2002) Commissioning of 1 KLD Horizontal Tube Thin Film (HTTF) desalination unit for MED.




(2/1999) Commissioning of 100 KLD Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant at Trombay.





Facilities


Technologies Developed

09-08-2017

B.A.R.C. has successfully installed & commissioned indigenously developed 5 m3/d capacity thermal BCU, based on vertical falling
\r\nfilm evaporation along with thermal vapour compression. BCU has successfully demonstrated its performance to concentrate
\r\nbrine from 7 wt.% to ~22 wt.% (near to saturation limit of NaCl) and recovers 80 % water as low conductivity (~2 µS/cm) distilled
\r\nwater.


03-08-2015

Multi effect distillation - Thermo vapor compression (MED-TVC) plant was designed, fabricated, installed and commissioned at DMTD, BARC. It is being operated regularly to produce DM quality water which is supplied to various divisions in BARC. MED-TVC technology was transferred to two parties.


22-07-2014

Water quality problems exist nearly in all the parts of our country. Micro-biological contamination is a common problem in most of the parts. Specific regions have some predominant geogenic based contaminants like, iron in north eastern States and arsenic in the eastern part of the country. Considering limited infrastructure in rural areas, household level point-of-use (POU) water treatment methods are better alternative to community scale plant w.r.t. long term sustainability and maintenance.
\r\nBARC has developed a combo domestic water purifier device which is made of polysulfone based nanocomposite ultrafiltration membrane in cylindrical configuration. This configuration/device can be effective for removal of microbial contaminations, arsenic and iron without the need of any electricity and overhead water tank. The device is most suitable for rural and slum areas.


22-07-2014

Water quality problems exist nearly in all the parts of our country. Micro-biological contamination is a common problem in most of the parts. Specific regions have some predominant geogenic based contaminants like, iron in north eastern States and arsenic in the eastern part of the country. Considering limited infrastructure in rural areas, household level point-of-use (POU) water treatment methods are better alternative to community scale plant w.r.t. long term sustainability and maintenance.
\r\nBARC has developed a combo domestic water purifier device which is made of polysulfone based nanocomposite ultrafiltration membrane in cylindrical configuration. This configuration/device can be effective for removal of microbial contaminations, arsenic and iron without the need of any electricity and overhead water tank. The device is most suitable for rural and slum areas.


20-05-2013

Application : For removal of all suspended particles, including micro-organisms


20-05-2013

Application : For removal of suspended particles and dissolved salts ( up to 1000 mg/l)


14-05-2013

Application : For removal of suspended particles and dissolved salts ( up to 1000 mg/l)
\r\n


15-07-2010

BARC has developed Dip N Drink Membrane Pouch technology to convert the biologically contaminated water into sterile solution for oral consumption. It works on the principle of osmosis and do not require external energy driven system. The pouch is sealed and stored in ready to use condition and can be used for providing sterile drinkable solution during disaster conditions like flood, cyclones, tsunami, earthquakes, etc. or Oral Rehydration Therapy in remote areas / villages.


15-06-2010

Reverse osmosis (RO) is an efficient and increasingly common solution for providing safe drinking water from saline water sources. In particular, sea water desalination is fully mature and very common to make potable water by RO. Nowadays, two stage RO process has been adopted in many places worldwide for benefit of better product water quality and longer membrane life. Membrane is the key component of the desalination process. The thin film based composite polyamide membranes with high
\r\nsalt rejection for higher feed salinity like sea water are capable of removing more than 98% salinity from saline water with concentration up to 35000 ppm i. e. typical sea water salinity. The commercial size flat sheet membranes can also be made by using this technology.


15-06-2010

Application : For removal of suspended particles and dissolved salts ( up to 2000 mg/l)


16-06-2009

The developed technology demonstrates Ultrafiltration (UF) membrane assisted oxidation process for removal of iron from ground/surface water to make it safe for drinking purposes (below WHO limit of 0.3 ppm). UF filtered product water is free from biological and colloidal contaminants as well.


16-06-2009

The developed technology demonstrates Ultrafiltration (UF) membrane assisted oxidation process for removal of iron from ground/surface water to make it safe for drinking purposes (below WHO limit of 0.3 ppm). UF filtered product water is free from biological and colloidal contaminants as well.


16-09-2008

Multi Stage Flash (MSF), a thermal desalination technology based on flashing process, produces distilled quality water directly from seawater. In MSF process, pre-heated sea water is heated to a
\r\ntop brine temperature of about 90– 120 °C in a brine heater using low pressure steam and then flashed in successive stages maintained at decreasing levels of pressure. The vapour produced in each stages is condensed on the outside surface of the preheating condenser, thereby preheat the incoming feed seawater. Condensed vapour is recovered as pure water


06-02-2007

Ultrafiltration (UF) refers to separation of species through membranes on size exclusion principle. Back-washable Spiral Ultrafiltration Membrane Element can be used for purification of water by removing suspended/colloidal matters and biological contaminants. Single unit capacity varies from 1000-7000 LPD depending upon element sizes. It is modular in nature and can be deployed in multiple units for enhanced capacities


13-07-2006

Multi-Effect Desalination (MED) is a thermal desalination technology based on horizontal tube thin film evaporation process which produces distilled quality water directly from seawater/brackish water. MED technology along with Mechanical Vapour Compressor (MVC), known as MED-MVC, uses electrical energy for vapour recompression and reuse for desalination. BARC has successfully demonstrated this technology by setting up a skid mounted 50 cu.m/d MED -MVC plant at Trombay


12-07-2006

Reverse osmosis (RO) is an efficient water purification technology for providing safe drinking water from saline and/or contaminated water. The technology provides a process for the preparation of thin film composite polyamide (TFCP) membranes and the procedure to assemble them in commercially usable spiral modules. These membranes are capable of providing safe drinking water by removing 90% salinity from brackish water
\r\nof TDS up to 5000ppm. Besides removal of salts, it also removes/reduces virtually all the contaminants from water like turbidity, heavy metals, fluoride, arsenic, halocarbons etc.


19-05-2003

Low Temperature Evaporation (LTE) is a thermal desalination technology to produce distilled quality water directly from seawater using waste heat in the form of low grade steam/ hot water.


28-02-2001

Development and deployment of ultrafiltration (UF) membrane in innovative forms for the purification of drinking water is the most important areas of membrane application with direct societal implications. Keeping various constraints of existing processes and field conditions in mind, BARC has developed the “point of use” membrane devices with typical features like: 1) Affordability,
\r\n2) Minimal maintenance, 3) Independent of the power source, 4) Minimal wastage of water (almost 100% recovery), 5) Quality.



Show Cases

BARC

100m3/day Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant was setup for testing of Indigenously developed Membranes and other components

BARC

1.8 MLD Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant was setup as a part of 6.3 MLD Hybrid Nuclear Desalination Plant, kalpakkam

BARC

4.5 MLD Multi Stage Flash (MSF) Desalination plant was setup as a part of 6.3 MLD Hybrid Nuclear Desalination Plant, kalpakkam

BARC

50m3/day of Multi effect distillation - Mechanical vapor compression (MED-MVC) plant was installed and commissioned at DMTD, BARC

BARC

Indigenously developed 5 m3/d capacity thermal Brine Concentrator Unit (BCU) based on vertical falling film evaporation along with thermal vapour compression was successfully installed & commissioned

BARC

To improve and maintain the quality of water of Holy Shivganga pond suitable for bathing as per IS:2296, 2x500 cu.m/hr water treatment plant was setup under DAE Public Outreach program

BARC

1000 LPH RO Plant with Water ATM facility was setup by the division at Somthana Village, Dist. Nanded, Maharashtra

BARC

Control room of Multi effect distillation - Thermo vapor compression (MED-TVC) Desalination plant at DMTD, BARC

08-Oct-2021