Redefining Membrane Separation

Redefining Membrane Separation

Active Membranes CEO Arian Edalat spoke at the 2024 Global Water Summit during the session “12 Technologies for Industrial Efficiency” on April 17.

Active Membranes is innovating the future of fresh water by redefining the technology used in membrane desalination.

As freshwater becomes increasingly scarce around the globe, demand for converting unconventional water resources such as brackish and seawater as well as industrial wastewaters into fresh water are becoming more and more necessary.

This requires some form of desalination. Desalination is currently considered a technology of last resort due to the passive nature of membrane separation, resulting in high capital and operating cost, limited efficiency and sustainability, and complex process design.

Our patented and award-winning electro-active anti-scaling and anti-fouling desalination membrane technology alleviates these challenges by simplifying process design (minimal pre-treatment) and increasing freshwater recovery, and thus significantly reducing capital and operating costs of desalination at any scale, making desalination a technology of choice.

Our membranes are available in standard spiral wound form factor and can seamlessly integrate into existing plants as well new ones.

Active Membranes is innovating the future of fresh water by redefining the technology used in membrane desalination.

As freshwater becomes increasingly scarce around the globe, demand for converting unconventional water resources such as brackish and seawater as well as industrial wastewaters into fresh water are becoming more and more necessary.

This requires some form of desalination. Desalination is currently considered a technology of last resort due to the passive nature of membrane separation, resulting in high capital and operating cost, limited efficiency and sustainability, and complex process design.

Our patented and award-winning electro-active anti-scaling and anti-fouling desalination membrane technology alleviates these challenges by simplifying process design (minimal pre-treatment) and increasing freshwater recovery, and thus significantly reducing capital and operating costs of desalination at any scale, making desalination a technology of choice.

Our membranes are available in standard spiral wound form factor and can seamlessly integrate into existing plants as well new ones.

Water Tech Idol 2023 Winner
2023 Global Prize for Innovation in Desalination Winner
UCLA 2023 Showcase Winner

What We Do

  • Active Membrane’s mission is to address global fresh water scarcity by providing more fresh water at a lower cost.  

  • We have developed and provide electro-active smart desalination membranes with tunable anti-fouling/anti-scaling properties.

  • Our membranes significantly reduce desalination cost & footprint while maximizing efficiency & sustainability.

Recent Insights

Why Is Desalination a Last Resort Technology? What If Membranes Were Smart?

Watch Arian Edalat’s presentation at the 2023 Global Prize for Innovation in Desalination Awards where he was named the winner in the Brownfield Capex/Accessibility category and awarded 2nd place overall.

Smart Water Solutions

Listen to the Smart Water Solution podcast episode where Arian Edalat talks to Hakim Fadil about the story behind Active Membranes’ formation, mission, vision, technology and plans to refine membrane separation from a passive affair to a smart and active phenomenon.

The WATER Show Podcast

Arian Edalat offers his views following the 2023 Global Water Summit on this podcast, hosted by Antoine Walter and Björn Otto.

Want to Know More?

Active Membranes’ First Look SoCal Pitch
Active Membranes’ UCLA Accelerator Winning Pitch
An Animation on How Active Membranes Work, Compared to Conventional Passive Membranes