UltraCell is a new Innovation in Biological Wastewater Treatment!

UltraCell revolutionizes biological wastewater treatment by seamlessly integrating MBBR and ultrafiltration processes, eliminating the need for a secondary clarifier or DAF to remove the majority of Total Suspended Solids (TSS). Traditionally, biological treatment systems are followed by secondary solids separation and tertiary filtration steps to achieve water suitable for reuse.

Headworks has developed the innovative UltraCell product through extensive pilot studies. It harnesses the efficiency of its MBBR wastewater process combined with ceramic membrane ultrafiltration.

With significantly lower TSS levels in the MBBR process than membrane bioreactors (MBR), the UltraCell process demands minimal power and cleaning chemicals. The membrane flux rate is also quadrupled, extending the membrane lifespan fourfold. Despite delivering comparable performance, the UltraCell process boasts substantially reduced capital and operating costs compared to MBBR, while the footprint of both processes remains approximately the same.

UltraCell Biological Wastewater Treatment




  • Features + Benefits
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  • MBBR followed by ceramic membranes maintains separate biological and membrane unit processes, allowing for maximum total system performance
  • Each process is individually controlled and optimized to provide an integrated solution
  • MBBR effluent suspended solids exhibit low membrane fouling
  • Membrane separation of solids from MBBR exit stream produces very high-quality effluent of BOD and TSS <2 mg/L each that is suitable for reuse applications
  • The low solids directly increases the membrane flux, resulting in high recovery rates
  • UltraCell can tolerate moderate peak flow rates and load fluctuations in biological wastewater treatment
  • Can treat challenging water (high turbidity, TSS, oily water, warm water, algae blooms, peak demand) without extensive pre-treatment
  • Use Active Cake Layer Filtration (ACLF) for additional removal of dissolved compounds and color with Powdered Activated Carbon
  • No performance decay or fiber breakages like polymeric membranes