Leading assisted reproduction company installs ozone system to remove antibiotics from process water
Minitube is a German company, pioneering the assisted animal reproduction industry, and a provider of quality artificial insemination (AI) products. They are a global leader in assisted reproduction technologies ranging from AI to in-vitro-fertilization. The company works with customers in agriculture, sports, pet breeding, veterinary and human medicine, as well as research.
Minitube coats their insemination equipment with antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection with pathogens. The production system needs to be rinsed regularly, thus the washing process water has a high concentration of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), 1-2 g/l of various antibiotics. Such quantities of pharmaceuticals have a negative impact on the environment and must be removed before the water is released in the effluent.
Having previously used UV technology and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) for treating their process water, but not obtaining the desired results, Minitube turned to Mellifiq for a sustainable solution that can ensure complete API removal.
The advantages of our ozone solution are quite remarkable compared to their previous solution. Harmful chemicals can now be eliminated from the process water, and the energy use will be significantly reduced, since the UV system had a high consumption rate compared with the delivered ozone system, making the Mellifiq solution a much more sustainable alternative.
One of the most common alternatives to UV, ozone or H2O2 is to contract a third party for the thermal destruction of the polluted water. The cost for such an operation is substantial and it implies a very high energy consumption, which is unsustainable in the long run.