PFAS

The Problem

PFAS, the abbreviated term for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, are extremely stable manufactured chemicals used in products that resist heat, oil, stains and water. These properties make them very useful for many industrial uses, including non-stick cookware, food packaging, insecticides, waterproof and fire-resistant fabric, and firefighting foams (known as aqueous film-forming foams, or AFFF’s).

Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorohexane sulphonate (PFHxS) belong to this group of chemicals. They have been extensively used due to their effectiveness in fighting liquid fuel fires. They don’t break down easily and therefore accumulate in the environment. After over half a century of concentrated use throughout the world on sites where mass scale firefighting training occurs including airports, defence sites and emergency services training facilities detection of contaminated groundwater and human exposure has been realised.

The problem with PFAS is that it’s incredibly stable with persistent and mobile properties. This means it doesn’t  break down naturally and can travel with ease large distances from the source point throughout ecosystems and move up food chains, accumulating in animals and humans. While Scientific understanding about human health effects of long-term PFAS exposure is still developing, it is known that the contaminant is toxic to a range of animals.

Concerningly, the realisation of PFAS contamination has presented one of today’s most pressing environmental hazards on a worldwide scale. The development of remediation is in full swing throughout the world and while PFAS removal from contaminated ground water is frequently achieved by utilising various water treatment technologies via varying processes, most produce some form of contaminated bi-product and in many cases the bi-product is stocked piled creating a new environmental problem.

MSA is proud to have partnered with its research team and is developing a remediation process through patented technology that will offer a complete solution.

The Problem

PFAS, the abbreviated term for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, are extremely stable manufactured chemicals used in products that resist heat, oil, stains and water. These properties make them very useful for many industrial uses, including non-stick cookware, food packaging, insecticides, waterproof and fire-resistant fabric, and firefighting foams (known as aqueous film-forming foams, or AFFF’s).

Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorohexane sulphonate (PFHxS) belong to this group of chemicals. They have been extensively used due to their effectiveness in fighting liquid fuel fires. They don’t break down easily and therefore accumulate in the environment. After over half a century of concentrated use throughout the world on sites where mass scale firefighting training occurs including airports, defence sites and emergency services training facilities detection of contaminated groundwater and human exposure has been realised.

The problem with PFAS is that it’s incredibly stable with persistent and mobile properties. This means it doesn’t  break down naturally and can travel with ease large distances from the source point throughout ecosystems and move up food chains, accumulating in animals and humans. While Scientific understanding about human health effects of long-term PFAS exposure is still developing, it is known that the contaminant is toxic to a range of animals.

Concerningly, the realisation of PFAS contamination has presented one of today’s most pressing environmental hazards on a worldwide scale. The development of remediation is in full swing throughout the world and while PFAS removal from contaminated ground water is frequently achieved by utilising various water treatment technologies via varying processes, most produce some form of contaminated bi-product and in many cases the bi-product is stocked piled creating a new environmental problem.

MSA is proud to have partnered with its research team and is developing a remediation process through patented technology that will offer a complete solution.

One Of Australia’s Biggest PFAS Trial

Excitingly, MSA and its partnered research team have successfully completed patenting their technology and have since been continuing their R&D to produce a complete PFAS remediation solution.

Following on from smaller trails, MSA have recently completed what is believed to be Australia’s biggest and most successful PFAS remediation trial.

The patented technology within the PFAS removal system currently treats up to 2ML/d of contaminated ground water and successfully removes more than 95% of both short and long chain PFAS precursors in a single pass. Undetected levels are being achieved once the water has passed through its polishing stage, all within our patented process.

An additional process to our treatment system focuses on the destruction of the PFAS contaminated bi-product and the regeneration of the extraction medium. The process is in its final stages of testing and will offer a complete environmental remediation solution.

One Of Australia’s Biggest PFAS Trial

Excitingly, MSA and its partnered research team have successfully completed patenting their technology and have since been continuing their R&D to produce a complete PFAS remediation solution.

Following on from smaller trails, MSA have recently completed what is believed to be Australia’s biggest and most successful PFAS remediation trial.

The patented technology within the PFAS removal system currently treats up to 2ML/d of contaminated ground water and successfully removes more than 95% of both short and long chain PFAS precursors in a single pass. Undetected levels are being achieved once the water has passed through its polishing stage, all within our patented process.

An additional process to our treatment system focuses on the destruction of the PFAS contaminated bi-product and the regeneration of the extraction medium. The process is in its final stages of testing and will offer a complete environmental remediation solution.

Proven Product

MSA is now able to offer a complete turnkey PFAS remediation system to the market sector. The entire system is completely manufactured in house at our South-Australian manufacturing facility.

Our exclusive systems broadly consist of a feed tank, 2x containerised patented technology pods and finally a filtrate tank, all within a relatively small footprint. Currently the system can be scaled to treat from 100kL/day to 2ML/day with a PFAS rejection rate of >95%. Due to the flexibility within our unique design we can multiply our 2ML/day system in what we refer to as ‘Trains’ to achieve a greater treatment capacity meeting larger demand.

The added benefit of our system is that the process will remove other contaminants including, but not limited to, trichloroethene (TCE), Pesticides, Herbicides and Hydrocarbons. Filtrate water is suitable for irrigation, reinjection or even potable water grade.

Learn more about how we are combatting PFAS contamination