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Forward Osmosis Cells

Forward Osmosis Cells

Sterlitech Forward Osmosis (FO) systems operate like traditional reverse osmosis membrane test cells but require less energy and lower pressure to function, which means better fouling resistance. FO cells are most frequently used for desalination and water and wastewater treatment in a variety of industrial processes. Click on the applications tab for more information on where FO cells are used.

Our FO cells are available as modified versions of the CF042 (Delrin Acetal, PTFE, Stainless Steel, or Acrylic) and the Sepa CF systems. The top and bottom of the FO cells feature the same ports (1/4” NPT) for easy connectivity as part of a bench system.

Membrane/Process Development Resources

SKU Name Price
1230061 Sepa CF-FO Forward Osmosis Cell, 316 SS

CF042D- FO CF042 Forward Osmosis Cell Assembly, Natural Acetal Copolymer (Delrin)

CF042A-FO CF042 Forward Osmosis Cell Assembly, Clear Cast Acrylic

CF042SS-FO CF042 Forward Osmosis Cell Assembly, Stainless Steel

CF042P-FO CF042 Forward Osmosis Cell Assembly, Virgin PTFE

CF042D-FOT CF042 Drain Plenum, Forward Osmosis, Cell Top, Natural Acetal Copolymer (Delrin)

CF042A-FOT CF042 Forward Osmosis, Clear Cast Acrylic, Cell Top

Sepa CF-FO Cell Top (Side View) 1230062 Sepa CF-FO Cell Top, 316 SS

CF042 Top and Bottom CF042SS-FOT CF042 Forward Osmosis, Stainless Steel (316), Cell Top

CF042P-FOT CF042 Forward Osmosis, Virgin PTFE, Cell Top

Gear Pump, 115V, with US Plug 1230090 Micropump A Mount Gear Pump with Console Drive, 115 V

Gear Pump, 230 V with Euro Plug 1230091 Micropump A Mount Gear Pump with Console Drive, 230 V

NF1300KT18RC KNF Pump - Remote Controlled, 90 PSI (0.5 - 3.0 LPM)

NF1100KT18S KNF Pump - Standard, 90 PSI (0.2 - 1.3 LPM)

138763 Peristaltic Variable Flow Pump

Feed tank with lid and bulkhead fittings TMSCUP24 Cup Style Feed Tank, 2.4 Gallon, Stainless Steel, with Lid, and Bulkhead Fittings

Forward Osmosis technology is most commonly used for an array of wastewater recycling and water reclamation applications. Areas in which an FO cell may be used include:

  • Water reclamation from oil and gas exploration
  • Landfill wastewater
  • Alternative energy/biogas wastewater
  • Medical/dental wastewater
  • Membrane bioreactors
  • Seawater desalination
  • Radioactive wastewater
  • Carpet manufacturing wastewater
  • Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) to generate electricity

Other uses for Forward Osmosis Cells:

  • Pretreatment for Reverse Osmosis procedure
  • Concentrating juices (grape juice to wine, tomato paste)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutraceuticals
Below is a computer-animated flow diagram of the CF042 FO Cell by Aslak Animations: