January 26, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

SHI Successfully Commercializes a New Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technology

For the first time in the world, Samsung Heavy Industries has developed a new technology by which recalcitrant industrial wastewater can be purified with electronic beams, making a turning point in the prevention of environmental pollution. The Research Center of Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has successfully commercialized a wastewater treatment technology by which industrial, chemical and heavy-metal wastewater, which is not degradable with the existing methods, can be disposed with an electronic accelerator. In 1993 SHI undertook the research and development of the dyeing wastewater treatment technology that uses an electronic accelerator, and has built a pilot plant on a scale of 1,000 tons per day in the Taegu dyeing industry park at a cost of 5 billion won since 1996, in cooperation with the Korea Dyeing Technology Institute(DyeTek), with the assistance of the Industry and Energy Ministry. The new technology works on the principle that, if electron is projected at a velocity of light into wastewater, powerful energy enough to destroy the molecular connection of wastewater is generated through chemical reaction, creating a new substance that is quite different from the existing substance. Poland constructed a desulfurization pilot plant in 1992 for the first time in the field of air pollution control with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but SHI built the pilot plant for the first time in the field of wastewater treatment. In recognition of the new technology, the IAEA is favorably mulling over assisting SHI in constructing that kind of waste water treatment plant. SHI's new technology requires less chemicals and expenses, and simpler processes than the existing wastewater treatment methods. It may cut down on expenses to 65 percent of the existing facilities. In terms of effectiveness, the new technology can not only get rid of colors and various water pollutants by more than 90 percent, according to the results of tests on toxic dyeing wastewater, but also do the disinfections, deodorization and utilization of wastewater. SHI's new technology is expected to apply to widely to the textile, semiconductor and paper making industries that discharge wastewater in large quantities. It is also applicable to urban sewage treatment facilities and the wastewater treatment plant of nuclear power stations. Korea has the environmental facility market of 2.5 trillion won consisting of the wastewater treatment market of 1.8 trillion won, the refuse incinerator market of 400 billion won and the air pollution control market of 300 billion won. As pollution control regulations become stricter, demand for the application of this new technology is likely to grow. SHI will bring up this technological field with an eye to bringing in more than 500 billion won of sales, 20 percent of the market share by 2005.


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