Saltworks Announces Commercially Available Osmotically Assisted Reverse Osmosis (OARO) Technology

Nov 10th 2023

Saltworks is on a mission to pioneer sustainable water and lithium processing solutions. With that, we are proud to unveil our latest contribution to the field of Osmotically Assisted Reverse Osmosis (OARO).  

With a commitment to advancing desalination processes, SaltworksOARO is now commercially available, marking a significant leap forward in brine concentration and water recovery from RO systems.  

Our OARO solutions can increase brine concentration by up to 80%, offering lower energy and costs vs. evaporators.  

Saltworks has innovated around OARO’s limitations by simplifying the system and coupling it with in-house, industry-leading membrane health monitoring and smart self-cleaning technology.

A "U-Tube" Diagram of an OARO system by Saltworks Technologies

This breakthrough is also facilitated by major RO membrane manufacturers releasing spiral wound thin film composite membranes suitable for OARO applications.  Our OARO is positioned to support the booming lithium industry’s need for cost-efficient brine concentration and water recovery at a much larger scale than traditional industrial desalination systems.  

For more details on the advancement, benefits, and applications of our newly commercial OARO, check out our latest article.  

Saltworks’ OARO is built around our core principles; scalable modularity and smart digitization, ensuring the protection of membrane health in a simplified and robust process. OARO seamlessly integrates into Saltworks’ digital modular solution packages—including Saltworks’ scaling ion removal systems that protect and preserve membrane health.

For inquiries and to get started on your OARO project, contact our experts today.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and lithium refining. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks’ team designs, builds, and operates full-scale plants, and offers comprehensive onsite and offsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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