Industrial Wastewater

Energy Recovery Receives Industrial Wastewater Treatment Contracts Totaling $885K in New Market Verticals in Asia

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – February 17, 2022 – Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII) today announced two awards to supply its PX® Pressure Exchanger® (PX) energy recovery devices and an array of pumps to support industrial wastewater treatment operations at a battery-grade lithium carbonate manufacturing facility in Tibet, China and a textile wastewater treatment facility in Rajasthan, India.

Both projects will utilize Energy Recovery’s flagship PX in the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination portion of their industrial wastewater treatment operations.  

The textile wastewater treatment facility in India will utilize a combination of Energy Recovery’s PXs, turbochargers, and boosters to maximize efficiency. The operation in China is at one of the largest salt lakes in the world and will produce lithium carbonate, a crucial ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. Energy Recovery’s PXs will help make treating industrial wastewater associated with lithium mining operations more energy efficient.

“Energy Recovery’s technology has always accelerated the environmental sustainability of critical industrial processes,” said Robert Mao, Energy Recovery’s President and CEO. “Our products continue to bring affordable, drinkable water to communities around the world. Today, by making wastewater treatment more energy efficient, our products are also making industrial operations like textile manufacturing and lithium mining into cleaner, greener processes.”

More regions are prioritizing sustainable wastewater treatment as the world faces dwindling freshwater resources, and regulatory pressure to reduce pollution from industrial operations increases. The opportunity for industrial wastewater treatment is vast – more than 16%of global freshwater withdrawals end up as industrial wastewater, flowing back into the world’s aquatic ecosystems without being treated.

“The need to efficiently and sustainably treat wastewater is truly a global issue,” said Rodney Clemente, Energy Recovery’s Senior Vice President of Water. “Particularly in fast-developing countries that have embraced industry and manufacturing – like much of South Asia – wastewater treatment will no longer be a nice-to-have, but a must-have. With Energy Recovery’s state-of-the-art technology, wastewater treatment can also be an energy efficient, economical, and more environmentally friendly process.”

The emissions and cost savings of the PX will enable industrial producers to better align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include targets that seek to improve water quality by reducing pollution and halving the proportion of untreated wastewater globally. Reducing the energy usage and emissions associated with wastewater treatment will be an essential step for a more sustainable future – according to estimates by the International Energy Agency, total energy consumption for the water treatment industry is expected to increase by 130% through 2040.

About Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) creates technologies that solve complex challenges for industrial fluid-flow markets worldwide. Building on our pressure exchanger technology platform, we design and manufacture solutions that make industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. What began as a game-changing invention for desalination has grown into a global business accelerating the environmental sustainability of customers’ operations in multiple industries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research and development facilities across California and Texas with sales and on-site technical support available globally. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including our belief that with the Company’s state-of-the-art technology, wastewater treatment can be an energy efficient, economical and more environmentally friendly process. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management’s beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Potential risks and uncertainties and any other factors that may have been discussed herein regarding the risks and uncertainties of the Company’s business, and the risks discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the year ended December 31, 2020 as well as other reports filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company’s actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

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Membrane Technology Conference 2022 – Energy Recovery


From February 21-24, Energy Recovery will be exhibiting at MTC22 in Las Vegas.

Our experts will be hosting presentations at Booth 700, showcasing applications of our energy recovery devices for desalination and industrial wastewater treatment.

Tuesday February 22 (3PM): “Industrial Wastewater Treatment with MLD/ZLD
– Eric Kadaj (Energy Recovery) and Tina Arrowood (DuPont Water Solutions)

Wednesday February 23 (3PM): The First U.S. Installation of a BWRO Pressure Exchanger
– Juan Miguel Pinto (Energy Recovery) and Kimley-Horn

Webinar Replay – Reducing Energy Costs for Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Energy Recovery hosted a webinar titled “Reducing Energy Costs for Industrial Wastewater Treatment: Meeting MLD/ZLD Goals with UHPRO.”

This webinar will give an overview of ZLD/MLD for industrial wastewater treatment and its treatment drivers. It assesses Ultra High Pressure Reverse Osmosis (UHPRO) technology as the emerging technology for brine concentration in ZLD/MLD processes. The webinar will also introduce Energy Recovery’s ERD solutions for UHPRO systems, including the Ultra PX, that further reduces the energy cost (OPEX) for UHPRO process.

Energy Recovery’s Ultra PX™ to Support Greater Sustainability in Battery Manufacturing

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — October 14, 2021 — Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII) today announced an award to supply its Ultra PX™ energy recovery devices to support industrial wastewater treatment operations at a lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in China.

As the world continues to rely more on intermittent renewable electric generation and to electrify more industries such as transportation, the demand for energy storage technologies is growing in tandem. With Energy Recovery’s Ultra PX, manufacturing facilities – including lithium-ion battery manufacturers – can meet this rising demand while ensuring their operations are more cost-effective and sustainable.

In countries like China, which is adopting some of the world’s most stringent liquid discharge requirements, the Ultra PX enables our customers to optimize their wastewater treatment process for minimal liquid discharge (MLD) and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) standards, with lower costs, lower emissions and greater reliability than incumbent technologies.

“The strength of our technology comes from its ability to drive efficiencies in critical industries around the world. The growing momentum of our Ultra PX product speaks to both the need for greater sustainability and our PX technology’s ability to deliver a reliable solution,” said Rodney Clemente, Energy Recovery’s Senior Vice President of Water. “We see the movement to MLD and ZLD wastewater treatment requirements continuing to grow, as the need to reduce pollution is a top global priority. We are proud to support this movement by offering a suite of products that make industrial fluid-flow processes less costly and more reliable for a broad group of critical industries.”

This most recent award follows the signing of several other contracts for the Ultra PX. Energy Recovery previously announced contracts to supply its Ultra PX to a natural gas plant in China and a chemical manufacturer in India, as well as to three other Chinese manufacturers.

Forward-Looking Statements 

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including our belief that the Ultra PX technology delivers a reliable solution, that MLD and ZLD wastewater industries will continue to grow; and that our products make industrial fluid flow processes less costly and more reliable. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management’s beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, our actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and we assume no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. 

About Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) creates technologies that solve complex challenges for industrial fluid-flow markets worldwide. Building on our pressure exchanger technology platform, we design and manufacture solutions that make industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. What began as a game-changing invention for desalination has grown into a global business accelerating the environmental sustainability of customers’ operations in multiple industries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research and development facilities across California and Texas with sales and on-site technical support available globally. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

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Energy Recovery Wins Additional Awards to Boost Sustainability of Chinese Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facilities

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — August 3, 2021 — Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII) today announced new awards to support the industrial wastewater treatment operations of lithium-ion battery manufacturing, chemical manufacturing and landfill leachate facilities in China. All three facilities will purchase Energy Recovery’s Ultra PX™ energy recovery devices (ERD), while the lithium-ion battery facility will also purchase PX® Pressure Exchanger® (PX) ERDs.

China requires industrial wastewater facilities to adopt Minimal Liquid Discharge (MLD) and Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) treatment processes in which most to all wastewater is purified and recycled, leaving little to no discharge at the end of the treatment cycle.

Multiple energy-intensive treatment stages are needed to achieve MLD and ZLD. Each treatment stage applies increasingly higher pressures to filter the wastewater, starting with pressures lower than seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO), to pressures similar to SWRO, to ultra high-pressures nearly double that of SWRO depending on the application. The Ultra PX and the PX significantly reduces energy consumption, costs and emissions associated with the latter two treatment stages. The PX reduces energy consumption by up to 60 percent for the SWRO stage, and the UItra PX reduces energy consumption by up to 60 percent in the ultra high-pressure stage.

“These awards are evidence that reverse osmosis adoption is accelerating, and with it, opportunities for our PX and new Ultra PX,” said Robert Mao, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery. “Heavy industry from battery manufacturing to textiles are working to green their wastewater treatment and meet stringent government regulations. With our versatile pressure exchanger technology, Energy Recovery can help industries meet this challenge and work together to define the ZLD and MLD system of the future.”

China’s overall industrial sector is expected to grow by almost 8 percent, including many industrial sectors that require wastewater treatment. This is especially true in the water scarce areas of Northern China. Lithium-ion battery production, landfill leachate, and coal-to-chemicals are just a few of the industries facing tremendous pressure to manage their wastewater. China’s 13th Five-Year Plan in 2016 committed to spend around 0.75 percent of its GDP on its water treatment industry. Other countries, notably India, are also moving to strengthen industrial wastewater requirements. Energy Recovery previously announced contracts to supply the Ultra PX to a natural gas plant in China and a chemical manufacturer in India.

Forward-Looking Statements 

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including our belief that the awards will ultimately convert into contracts; our belief that the adoption of UHPRO is accelerating and, in turn, that the Company will find opportunities for its Ultra PX; our belief that the Company can help industries meet stringent government regulations and green their wastewater treatment; and our belief that the Company can help define the ZLD and MLD system of the future. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management’s beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, our actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and we assume no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. 

About Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) creates technologies that solve complex challenges for industrial fluid-flow markets worldwide. Building on our pressure exchanger technology platform, we design and manufacture solutions that make industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. What began as a game-changing invention for desalination has grown into a global business accelerating the environmental sustainability of customers’ operations in multiple industries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research and development facilities across California and Texas with sales and on-site technical support available globally. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

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FilmTec™ Fortilife™ membranes matched with Energy Recovery Ultra PX™ provide breakthrough in Minimal Liquid Discharge affordability

Energy Recovery Partners with DuPont Water Solutions to Deliver Advanced Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technology

Knowledge sharing and collaboration are integral parts of maintaining effective water treatment operations and advancing our industry. We are thrilled to announce a collaborative Water Academy webinar with Energy Recovery titled, “FilmTec™ Fortilife™ membranes matched with Energy Recovery Ultra PX™ provide breakthrough in Minimal Liquid Discharge affordability.”

During the live webinar discussion, Eric Kadaj, Senior Director, Business and Applications Development from Energy Recovery, and Tina Arrowood, Principal Research Scientist from DuPont Water Solutions will share an overview of how their technologies provide a solution to technical challenges associated with Minimal Liquid Discharge (MLD) Ultra High-Pressure Reverse Osmosis (UHPRO) operations, generating significant energy and cost savings in industrial wastewater treatment systems.

Speakers

Eric Kadaj, Senior Director of Business and Applications Development Energy Recovery

Eric Kadaj is the Senior Director of Business and Applications Development with Energy Recovery. For more than 20 years, he has applied his engineering and technical expertise in energy recovery solutions to the desalination industry and beyond. With his industry knowledge, Eric has leveraged strategic partnerships to develop emerging markets while also introducing new products to existing markets that would enable greater operational efficiencies and provide holistic solutions to end users. Eric is passionate about driving greater sustainability within desalination and the industrial wastewater space utilizing technologies and methods that address the industry challenges, including process design and implementation, operational strategies, and novel discoveries that minimize environmental impacts. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Tina Arrowood, Principal Research Scientist DuPont Water Solutions

Tina Arrowood is a R&D Chemist with a passion for using science to solve pressing world challenges related to water sustainability. She partners with teams in regions (e.g., China and India) facing water scarcity head-on to define the pain points of industrial water management. These pain points are translate into targets for Research and Development. Today she leads membrane development projects to enable commercialization of advanced RO/NF membrane technology to improve industrial water management related to wastewater reuse, minimal liquid discharge (MLD) and brine recovery. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

New Energy Recovery Product Delivers Greater Efficiency and Sustainability in Industrial Wastewater Treatment – The Ultra PX™

Energy Recovery Announces Second Contract for the Ultra PX

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — February 3, 2021 — Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) today announced its second contract award for the Company’s new Ultra PX™ energy recovery device, which will support the industrial wastewater treatment operations of a natural gas plant in the Sichuan Province of China. Energy Recovery previously announced during the Company’s Q3 2020 earnings conference call its first Ultra PX contract to support the operations of a chemical manufacturer in central India. That project has shipped and is scheduled for commissioning by Q2 2021.

Energy Recovery’s Ultra PX is designed to dramatically reduce the energy needs, costs and environmental impacts associated with treating industrial wastewater in Ultra High-Pressure Reverse Osmosis (“UHPRO”) applications. The Ultra PX recovers up to 60 percent of wasted energy when applied to UHPRO systems.

UHPRO is increasingly used to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge (“ZLD”) and Minimal Liquid Discharge (“MLD”) industrial wastewater treatment requirements, which seek to eliminate or minimize wastewater discharge by purifying and recycling heavily concentrated industrial waste fluids. Many governments – particularly in Asia – are focused on improving water sustainability, mandating ZLD or MLD requirements for industrial wastewater treatment. Energy Recovery’s Ultra PX can enable the accelerated adoption of UHPRO in the growing ZLD and MLD market as it develops globally and in Asia.

“As governments across the globe increase their focus on water conservation and protecting water quality, they are establishing more stringent requirements for industrial wastewater treatment,” said Robert Mao, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery. “As the need for industrial wastewater treatment grows, the energy efficiency of these operations is becoming increasingly important. With the Ultra PX, our core pressure exchanger technology is tackling water quality and scarcity issues in a new way, while providing significant cost and energy usage reductions to our customers in this exciting new market.”

In traditional ZLD and MLD configurations, up to fifty percent of costs typically come from cost- and energy-intensive thermal treatments. ZLD and MLD systems that adopt UHPRO can potentially realize significant cost savings by lowering the energy intensity of treating industrial waste fluids. Energy Recovery’s Ultra PX enhances the efficiency and affordability of the UHPRO process versus a UHPRO system with no energy recovery device.

“Our technology is well-positioned to address the major pain points in the industrial wastewater UHPRO space: energy intensity and environmental impacts. We are confident our Ultra PX can help make UHPRO the preferred treatment option to achieve ZLD and MLD requirements, just as our PX® Pressure Exchanger® transformed the desalination industry by making Seawater Reverse Osmosis desalination an affordable and energy efficient alternative to thermal desalination,” said Rodney Clemente, Energy Recovery’s Senior Vice President of Water. “We are excited to apply our trusted technology to new markets that can dramatically benefit from increased energy efficiency.”

The Ultra PX can be paired with Energy Recovery’s new Ultra High-Pressure circulation pump for maximum system performance. Product details are available on Energy Recovery’s website: http://www.energyrecovery.com/water/ultra-px/.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including the Company’s belief that the Ultra PX can enable the accelerated adoption of UHPRO in the ZLD and MLD market and that the Ultra PX can help make UHPRO the preferred treatment option to achieve ZLD and MLD requirements. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management’s beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Potential risks and uncertainties and any other factors that may have been discussed herein regarding the risks and uncertainties of the Company’s business, and the risks discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the year ended December 31, 2019 as well as other reports filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company’s actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

About Energy Recovery

For more than 20 years, Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII) has created technologies that solve complex challenges in industrial fluid-flow markets. We design and manufacture solutions that reduce waste, improve operational efficiencies, and lower the production costs of clean water and oil and gas. What began as a game-changing invention for water desalination has grown into a global business delivering solutions that enable more affordable access to these critical resources. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research, and development facilities across California and Texas. In addition, our worldwide sales and technical service organization provides on-site support for our line of water solutions. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.