Figure 1. Diagram of pilot plant (Doll & Frimmel :2005)
The combination of TiO
with cross-flow microfiltration accompanied by periodical back-wash was
investigated in the above pilot plant setup. The investigation included the testing of membrane material
because the membrane must resist the abrasion and the periodic back-wash. The potential of two different
materials (Hombikat UV100 and Degussa P25) had been evaluated. The investigations showed that
the photocatalytic activity of P25 and Hombikat UV100 was constant during continuous usage over
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lab scale. More efforts have to be put in to commercialize the process. These should come from
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