As worldwide membrane filtration for the treatment of water is of great importance both at present and in the future in Germany, the quick and strong growth of installed capacity and technology request results in intensified efforts of the German water industry. Though just a comparatively small number of plants are in operation, Germany has had one of the worldwide top ten low pressure membrane plants for drinking water treatment since the end of 2005. Furthermore, one large Reverse Osmosis plant for the removal of harmful trace organics is currently being built and will go into operation in 2008.

Already established improvements of normal membrane technology products and further innovative developments by membrane manufacturers and engineering companies pave the way to the international market. These efforts are supported and accompanied by research activities within German institutes and universities.

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