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06/12/2014 - Celle/ Germany

"Berkefeld M6": Mobile drinking water treatment plant fit for service.

Modern plant and process technology for clean water - robust, versatile, easy to transport by helicopter and aircraft.

The "Berkefeld M" series is a new range of mobile drinking water plants especially developed for military and humanitarian operations. These systems work with a unique, fully-automated and flexible filtration process ensuring reliable operation and high overall performance. The system family covers various sizes from M1 producing 1 cubic metre of drinking water per hour to M12 with 12 cubic metres per hour. The M6 system will be presented in full operation at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris.

The main advantage of the Berkefeld M drinking water treatment plants are their high efficiency combined with a very compact and robust structure, as well as its very flexible treatment technology. With a weight of 2.2 tons and dimensions of 2.1m x 1.5m x 1.95m, it can be suspended from a helicopter as an external load, transported in the cargo hold of an aircraft, or by truck or trailer. Together with a generator and all accessories the M6 can be installed in an ISO freight container. The developers paid special attention to simple handling in commissioning and operation. The plant has an intuitively operable, intelligent HMI interface, and can be run automatically. With its highly effective and flexible long-adjusted system technology and high-grade steel piping, which fulfills strict hygiene requirements, it can treat almost all available raw water such as well water, surface water, brackish water, sea water and water with high content of turbidity

The system includes the treatment steps of pre-treatment, inline flocculation, pre-filtration, ultrafiltration by a ceramic CeraMem membrane, reverse osmosis, UV and disinfection. Depending on the raw water quality, the respective system steps required can be optimally activated and combined with each other. Even from sea water with a salt content of 46,000 ppm, the plant can with the reverse osmosis produce about 1.7 m3 of drinking water per hour. The Berkefeld M6 meets current military standards and can also be deployed in extreme climate zones (A1, B2 and C2 according to STANAG 4370/AECTP-230). The system follows the open concept approach which allows easy integration into existing base supply concepts.

The Berkefeld M6 mobile drinkingwater treatment plant suspended

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The Berkefeld M6 mobile drinkingwater treatment plant suspended from a helicopter as an external load. (Picture: Inga Hendrischk)

The major advantage of the Berkefeld M6 water treatment plant: its compact and robust structure, ease-of-use and highly effective process technology. (Picture: Inga Hendrischk)

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The major advantage of the Berkefeld M6 water treatment plant: its compact and robust structure, ease-of-use and highly effective process technology. (Picture: Inga Hendrischk)

The system steps of the M6 mobile water treatment plant - including ceramic ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis - are combined with each other depending on the raw water quality. Even water with high salt contents can be treated.(Picture: Berkefeld / Veolia)

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The system steps of the M6 mobile water treatment plant - including ceramic ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis - are combined with each other depending on the raw water quality. Even water with high salt contents can be treated.(Picture: Berkefeld / Veolia)